Route Suggestion Florida – Explore the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic

Known as the Sunshine State, and for good reason, a sailing holiday along the coasts of Florida will leave you amazed with all the beauty around you. With deep blue waters, a lovely breeze plenty of sunshine and year-round warm temperatures, plus numerous Caribbean islands nearby, sailing from Florida is a great way to spend a vacation.

Whether you are a sailing novice or at a more advanced level, the beautiful waters around the coast and the Florida Keys will provide you with an exciting and adventure-filled sailing holiday.

  1. Fort Lauderdale
  2. Bimini
  3. Miami
  4. Everglades National Park
  5. Key West
  6. Naples

 

Itinerary

Start your several-day sailing holiday in Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida. With many yachts and small water channels in and around Fort Lauderdale, you will see why it is called “the Venice of America.” Sail the channels to end up in the beautiful harbor before steering your yacht out onto the Atlantic Ocean. Put your sails up and let the wind take you on an unforgettable sailing adventure.

About fifty miles from Fort Lauderdale you’ll reach the Bimini Islands, part of the Bahamas. Said to have mystical properties and rumored to be the location of the ‘fountain of youth,’ Bimini is a beautiful place to explore the Caribbean. Go diving off the shores to explore several old shipwrecks and the ecosystems that now live among them. The next morning, head back to Florida’s varied coastal landscape.

The next stop on your journey is Miami. Have a leisurely sail into the Biscayne Bay to experience the largest cruise ship port in the world and to see the unique skyline over the Miami River. Enjoy the long stretches of sandy beaches, the varied multitude of cultural activities, and the fun nightlife that South Beach has to offer. Before going back to sea, have a visit to the lagoon along Miami’s coast and see the amazing flower life that has been created over the years from the merging of salt and freshwater.

Your next stop also boasts impressive flora. An island chain made up of more than 200 coral islands over 300 kilometers, the Florida Keys are home not only to beautiful flowers, but also to sea turtles, pelicans, manatees, and dolphins, among other wildlife. Sail to Key West, a well-loved holiday destination, to relax and recharge your batteries for the final stages of your sailing holiday. When you’re feeling energized, enjoy the tropical temperatures from your yacht as you sail back up to mainland Florida, including past the Everglades National Park. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can experience a unique ecosystem known around the world and see where cormorants, alligators, raccoons, and even pumas all live together.

Your sailing vacation will then be complete in the former fishing village of Naples, Florida. Take a stroll along the docks to enjoy a beautiful, romantic view of the Gulf of Mexico, and reflect on the eventful, exciting sailing trip you just had.

Sailing Conditions

The waters around Florida can be sailed throughout the year. Swimming, diving and surfing are also great year-round activities. Winter in Florida is the dry season, and with temperatures averaging 23ºC (73ºF) to 27ºC (80ºF) between November and April, it’s a great escape from the cold weather northern regions experience. May to October have hotter temperatures and more humidity, due to periodic showers and strong thunderstorms in the region. The temperatures in the Florida summer months are often above 30ºC (86ºF).

Florida is not only the Sunshine State, but unfortunately also a hurricane state. With the hurricane season last through November, if you take to the seas in Florida in the fall, you must make sure to check weather conditions frequently and to approach the waters with great caution.

Marinas

  • IGY Marina Fort Lauderdale
  • Sunrise Harbor Marina Fort Lauderdale
  • Miami Beach Marina
  • Sunset Harbor Yacht Club Miami
  • Key West Harbor
  • Marina Key West

 

Learn more about Florida? Get more information about the Florida charterarea here.

Sailing holidays with a boat that is right for you: Boat rental in Florida.

 

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