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Top 10 Yachting (or boating) Destinations in Miami

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

If you area tourist or you are new to yachting in Miami this post is a must read !

Welcome to Miami, the city of the sun and endless fun! 🌞 If you're looking for the ultimate tourist experience, there's one activity you absolutely cannot miss: yachting! Miami's sparkling waters and vibrant atmosphere offer an unforgettable adventure from the deck of a luxurious yacht.


Why choose yachting in Miami? Well, it grants you a unique perspective of this magnificent city. With its stunning skyline, palm-fringed beaches, and turquoise waters, you'll find yourself immersed in breathtaking views that can only be appreciated from the water. But remember, planning is key!

So, to help you make the most of your Miami yachting escapade, we've compiled a list of the top 10 yachting destinations in this coastal paradise. Whether it's a tranquil cruise along the Miami River or an adrenaline-pumping trip to the Haulover Sandbar, we've got you covered.


#1 Marine Stadium
Minimum Time Required: 4 Hours

Marine Stadium stands as the most popular yachting destination in Miami, attracting a lively crowd looking to revel in unforgettable parties. If you're looking to rent a jetski, this vibrant area is teeming with people offering jetski rentals, adding an exhilarating dimension to your adventure on Miami's sparkling waters Nestled near Virginia Key, this picturesque yachting area boasts a unique charm with its abandoned stadium that once hosted a myriad of events and performances. As you cruise these waters, the iconic stadium view serves as a backdrop to the stunning Miami skyline. For the fortunate few or early risers, a chance to anchor near the exquisite island at the entrance of this key awaits, adding an extra touch of splendor to your yachting experience. Moreover, the journey from our marina to Marine Stadium itself is a breathtaking trip, making the adventure even more rewarding.


#2 Picnic Island
Minimum Time Required: 4 Hours

Picnic Island is a hidden gem nestled right in front of Downtown Miami, offering a delightful escape from the bustling city. This charming small island has become a popular hotspot for both partygoers and jet ski enthusiasts, creating a vibrant atmosphere with people eagerly renting out jetskis for an exhilarating ride on the water. For those exploring the island in a pontoon boat, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with this tiny oasis, soaking in its natural beauty. However, if you opt for a yacht, your captain will navigate with caution, ensuring a safe distance from the island due to depth constraints. Nonetheless, fear not, as you can still enjoy a refreshing swim just a stone's throw away from the picturesque Picnic Island. On your way to this beautiful destination, be sure to marvel at the magnificent sight of Downtown Miami and the iconic Miami Bay Side area, adorned with its majestic Ferris wheel gracefully dominating the backdrop.


#3 Star Island
Minimum Time Required: 4 Hours

Star Island is a definite must-visit for yacht enthusiasts in Miami. This exclusive area grants you a glimpse of the iconic mansions that adorn Miami's coastline, with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Emilio Stefan owning luxurious homes on this picturesque island. Beyond the opulent residences, Star Island boasts a stunning view of the Miami cruise terminals, showcasing architectural masterpieces that add to the area's allure. Moreover, the trajectory from our marina to Star Island is nothing short of breathtaking, providing a diverse array of awe-inspiring views along the way.


#4 Fowey Rocks Lighthouse
Minimum Time Required: 8 Hours

Located seven miles southeast of Cape Florida on Key Biscayne, the enchanting Fowey Rocks Light beckons yachting enthusiasts to explore its mesmerizing beauty. This abandoned lighthouse has become a popular destination owing to its breathtaking crystalline waters, enticing sailors to embark on an unforgettable journey. To savor this unique spot fully, it's essential to book a minimum of 8 hours and come well-prepared with ample food and drinks, ensuring you can relish every moment without having to leave this majestic location. It's important to note that the water conditions at this location may not always be calm, and the possibility of visiting this destination will hinge on the winds. As a result, you may only determine its feasibility on the day of your trip. However, amidst the beautiful crystalline waters, this spot boasts the most stunning sunset in Miami, adding a touch of enchantment to your yachting experience.


#5 Nixon Sandbar
Minimum Time Required: 6 Hours

Nixon Sandbar stands as yet another beloved destination for yachting enthusiasts in Miami. Yachts gather in close proximity to the sandbars, offering a serene opportunity to contemplate the stunning Miami skyline. It's essential to bear in mind that your captain's ability to approach the sandbar depends on the tides. Despite this, Nixon Sandbar remains a prime location for witnessing breathtaking sunsets, adding to its allure as a key spot to capture the magic of a Miami evening.


#6 Haulover Sandbar
Minimum Time Required: 8 Hours

Haulover Sandbar stands as an absolute gem among Miami's yachting destinations. With its clear waters and picturesque trajectory, you'll have the perfect opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Miami Beach area. But that's not all – Haulover Sandbar offers so much more! It's an ideal spot to indulge in paddleboarding and play with other floating toys, making it a haven for water sports enthusiasts.


Minimum Time Required: 8 Hours

Stiltsville, though not a place for staying and swimming, is a mesmerizing cruising destination that you may encounter on your way to Fowey Rocks Lighthouse. Nestled one mile south of Cape Florida on the sand banks of the Safety Valve, on the edge of Biscayne Bay in Miami-Dade County, Florida, Stiltsville presents a unique sight with its group of wood stilt houses. These quaint structures rest on wood or reinforced concrete pilings, gracefully standing ten feet above the shallow waters, which fluctuate between one to three feet deep at low tide. Legend has it that "Crawfish" Eddie Walker constructed the first shack on stilts above the water in 1933, during the prohibition era, supposedly to facilitate gambling, which was legal one mile offshore. If you're fortunate enough to witness the sunset at this captivating locale, it promises to be an unforgettable experience, adding a touch of magic to your yachting journey.


#8 Downtown Miami
Minimum Time Required: 3 Hours

Downtown Miami stands as yet another sought-after cruising destination in this vibrant city. Embarking on this journey allows you to immerse yourself in the allure of the Miami River Brickell area, where you'll witness the breathtaking Miami skyline and the magnificent Ferris wheel at Bayside.


#9 Miami River
Minimum Time Required: 2 Hours

Miami River serves as a captivating cruising destination, enchanting both day and night voyagers. Bask in the beauty of the Brickell skyline, immerse yourself in the vibrant Miami day vibe, and relish the cheerful ambiance of the riverside restaurants Alternatively, if you opt for a nighttime cruise, prepare to be delighted by the majestic ambiance and the mesmerizing city lights that illuminate the river.


#10 Miami Beach
Minimum Time Required: 6 Hours

By setting your yachting course towards Miami Beach, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view of the entire city. Anchoring in front of this stunning beach grants you a marvelous perspective, allowing you to relish the picturesque shoreline, the vibrant bathers, and the mesmerizing skyline that adorns Miami's horizon. The experience of gazing upon this captivating panorama from your yacht will undoubtedly be a memory to cherish, adding a touch of magic to your Miami Beach adventure.


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