All about Boat Rentals in Miami
Yacht and boat charters are an ideal way to explore South Florida and Miami. Choosing from a wide range of vessels with or without a skipper, you can easily rent a boat at a reasonable price in Miami to suit your needs. Nestled on the east coast of the sunshine state, Miami holds a number of popular marinas — including Miami Beach, Downtown and Coconut Grove — offering anything from day jaunts around Virginia Key and Biscayne National Park to week-long trips to the Bahamas. Families can opt to rent a large berthed catamaran with a skipper for exploring the nearby Keys, while adults will relish in the region's popular water sports and bustling nightlife via yacht and sailboat.
We have three main boat rentals areas in Miami.
Miami Beach is our most popular boat rental as the marina is located between mainland Miami and Miami Beach. There are up to 400 berths in this marina and the amenities really are state of the art. Heated swimming pool, laundry facilities, both casual and fine dining, not to mention in close proximity to some of Miami’s most famous beaches, this marina has everything you could possibly require.
Downtown Miami is a smaller marina with 130 slips, based at Bayside with a fantastic location in terms of access to mainland Miami, Miami Beach, or southerly directions towards Virginia Key, Key Biscayne and the Florida Keys.
Coconut Grove offers capacity for up to 260 vessels and is based further south from Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. This area is very tranquil and downbeat, yet extremely close to the Miami buzz, Key Biscayne and also a short half hour sail to the Florida Keys, depending on the cruising speed of your boat rental.
What to do in Miami
Our top two museums of choice are the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are renowned for the wonderfully extravagant decor and architecture, as well as the antiques ranging from the 16th to 20th centuries. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is a new and modern museum, spread across four buildings. For all ages, this museum is interactive, educational and even has a planetarium with a laser light show once a month!
Miami’s Little Havana is ideal for an afternoon or evening. Explore the street Calle Ocho and its Cuban vibes, while you contemplate staying for some salsa at Ball & Chain. At 9pm on a Saturday, you can witness or join in with La Pachanga, a Cuban salsa night hosted weekly. There are often jazz nights from a Thursday to Saturday, as well. Be sure to try one of their incredible Cuban cocktail concoctions!
Fancy a change in aquatic scenery? Visit the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables. Built in the 1920s, this paradisiac pool is maybe one of the world’s most notorious swimming pools.
If you’re looking for some sailing itinerary inspiration, whichever boat rental area you’re based in, Key Biscayne is an idyllic retreat nearby Miami. You can also sail south to visit the Florida Keys, or branch out even further and plan a sailing route to the Bahamas.
A Boat Adventure in Miami
Families will want to charter a skippered boat for a week and explore the Florida Keys or the Bahamas. After experiencing the city and beaches, you should set off from your marina in Miami. From there, your skippered boat can sail either east or south, to Bimini or Key Largo, for a perfect week-long trip. Bimini offers a taste of the Bahamas, with the Keys delivering world-class dining and diving.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Miami
Typically, Miami’s weather is blissful year round and beats all other mainland US destinations when it comes to warm winters. The winter temperatures average approx. 75 to 77 °F and during the nighttime, the temperature averages 60 °F. This tends to be the norm during the winter, though daytime temperatures have been known to exceed 80 °F!
Summertime temperatures range in the 90s with plenty of humidity, too. This time of year is extraordinarily tropical, meaning though the sun shines frequently, June and September are subject to lots of showers. The rain isn’t something that should put you off, as the intermittent sunshine drys you out quickly!
The wind is light and breezy in the summertime, though from autumn to spring, there is an eastward-flowing cycle. Usually, it tends to complete its full cycle within three to four days. This pattern usually repeats itself throughout the winter season.
How to get to Miami
Miami International Airport (MIA) is only approx. 7-8 miles away from Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami and 13 miles from Miami Beach. You can get a taxi, or alternatively public transport. Miami has metrobus, metrorail and also tri-rail, so there’s plenty of public transport to go round to help reduce those CO2 emissions!