A renowned haven for the rich and famous, the coastline of Florida, from Palm Beach to Miami to the Florida Keys, has long sandy beaches, world-class golf courses, elegant palm-lined boulevards, sophisticated boutiques, and an impressive array of galleries, entertainment and nightlife.
Famed for its year-round mild temperatures, the ‘Sunshine State’ is best known in yachting circles for the chain of 42 islands known as the Florida Keys that lie at the southernmost tip of the State, from Key West to Key Largo. This elongated string of cities and golden beaches are a haven for sun worshippers and diving enthusiasts with wonderful, balmy skies and cooling breezes off the waters.
The beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches 160 miles from Mississippi to Florida’s Santa Rosa Island, where you can experience a more relaxing and quiet pace of life. From the prime fishing in the tiny town of Matlacha to the mangrove-studded trails of Cabbage Key, there are hidden paradises just waiting to be enjoyed away from the crowds of the more popular attractions.
Dubbed the Yachting Capital of the World, the stylish and cosmopolitan city of Fort Lauderdale has long attracted the superyacht set to its café-lined riverside walkways and Venice – style waterways. Its 23 miles of coastline plays host some of the best beaches in Florida whilst the city itself boasts cutting edge fashion and a wealth of art, museums and chic bars and restaurants to keep everyone occupied.
- Cruise past the pastel-coloured Art Deco buildings in the booming metropolis of Miami
- Snorkel and fish in the waters around Bache Shoal, teeming with fish, lobster and coral
- Perfect waters for diving and fishing surround Key Largo
- Cool off on deck with a Rum Runner punch in Windley Key
- Cruise to Hawk’s Cay Resort accompanied by dolphins
- Anchor off the secluded Little Palm Island
- Snorkel in the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary
- Before embarking in Miami take time out to drive inland to the Everglades National Park. Best explored by airboat, you can quickly navigate the long grass for an up-close view of flamingos, alligators and some 360 bird species.
- Made up of six islands, Islamorada calls itself the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’. Go after sailfish offshore, bonefish along the Atlantic shallows, or redfish and tarpon in Florida Bay.