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6 of the Best Things to do on a Miami Yacht Charter

By Editorial Team   Last Updated: 5 January 2022

On a luxury yacht charter vacation in Miami you have the freedom to choose your own itinerary. World-renowned for its chic and glamorous party scene, there is much more to this city than socialising. Whether that's catching a wave on one of the city's iconic beaches, immersing yourself in its celebrated art scene, teeing off from a world-class golf course or simply taking in the breathtaking sunsets, the choice is up to you. 

To help you decide and ensure you have the perfect charter our team of experts have handpicked some of the top things to do in this popular North American hotspot;

1. Miami's art scene

Art Basel is one of the biggest events in the luxury brand calendar held annually at Miami Beach, showcasing art in all forms from home décor to Haute Couture.

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Scooter with candles at Art Basel

A-listers mingle amongst eclectic installations where chic patrons come from far and wide to contribute million dollar purchases, attend exclusive parties and witness impressive sales and special openings.

Beyond Art Basel however, Miami’s art’s scene is booming with hundreds of galleries, art museums and a diverse mix of art groups.

The famous Wynwood Arts District alone is home to over 70 galleries and open-air installations, such as the famous Wynwood Walls that showcase a rich diversity in creative expression working within the grafitti and street-art genres, including images of Van Gogh and the Dalai Lama to name but a few.

During your time in Miami be sure to visit other spectacular creations the city has to offer. With so much to see, you can easily stumble upon fascinating details, playful designs and quietly theatrical spaces in hotels, beach clubs – such as the stylish Delano South Beach - and public places, and you’ll soon discover how creative Miami truly is.

2. Become a dolphin trainer for the day

For marine enthusiasts, more specifically dolphin enthusiasts, Miami Seaquarium is one of the most unique and extraordinary experiences that you can do on your yacht charter vacation, as it offers you the opportunity to be a trainer for a day and get a magical behind-the-scenes encounter with one of the ocean's most intelligent creatures.

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Dolphin in water

Participants, who must be 16 years old or over, enjoy a totally hands-on experience where they’ll be side-by-side with the trainers learning about the dolphins, helping in various training sessions and getting stuck in with setting up one of the Dolphin Odyssey shows.

This day course would not be complete without an opportunity to see the brilliant shows, meet a sea lion and of course, get a chance to frolic with the dolphins themselves. With only two participants allowed per day, this is an extremely exclusive and utterly rewarding experience, making for an unforgettable Miami vacation.

3. Dive at John Pennkamp Coral Reef State Park

Set-up to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the United States, the Key Largo park offers visitors a chance to see a plethora of marine vegetation and colorful tropical fish, as well as onshore bird sanctuaries.

Diving at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park off Key Largo in Miami

When established in 1963 it was the first undersea park in the United States, which now extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Florida Keys covering a whopping 178 nautical square miles.

One of the most notable attractions includes an 8.5ft tall statue of the Christ of the Abyss, located further out in the reef near Grecian Rocks, which sits around 25-metres below the surface and is accessible to divers and hardy snorkelers.

Whether you’re keen on exploring the underwater mangroves, enjoying a spot of deep diving, or simply paddling in your kayak around the tiny private islands that dot the waters off Key Largo, the State Park offers a unique experience for both friends and family alike.

4. Carillion Hotel & Spa

Carillion Spa in Miami is set within an exclusive resort situated on a beautiful stretch of unspoiled white beach.

After exploring the glitz and chicness of Miami’s nightlife, contemporary art scene and luxury shopping there’s nothing better than spending a well-deserved relaxing day at a spa that has earned a veritable trove of coveted honors and awards.

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Spa relaxing

Offering an 'unmatched wellness journey', with signature treatments including a traditional Thai massage with lemongrass oil, this is the destination for anyone looking for pure relaxation and revitalization.

Boasting highly trained and open-minded practitioners and physicians, you’ll be treated with the utmost expert care and attention, offering practices from around the world and allowing you to explore treatments you wouldn’t usually try at home.

5. Sunbathe on miles of Miami sands

The beaches in Miami are far from the secluded paradises that its Caribbean neighbours' boast, in the city these beaches are places of socializing, sunbathing, surfing and being seen.

That said, there are still plenty of beautiful turquoise-fringed white sand options for those looking for something a little more secluded.

Sunbathing on South Beach

Surfside Beach is a quiet enclave with a mile of pristine beach dotted with luxury beachfront hotels. With little else going for it, many dwellers tend to head over to the more bustling central beaches leaving a peaceful beach for others to enjoy. Located at the start of the Keys, the historic Virginia Key Beach is another little slice of paradise away from crowds.

If you’re interested in a bit of surfing, Miami’s coastline offers opportunities for some brilliant waves; with the best surf to be found at the celebrated South Beach. This sheltered beach and jetty break gets hit by the wind from the west, making for ideal surfing conditions year-round.

It can often gets busy by the afternoon so be sure to visit early if you're keen on catching a few waves at this iconic location.

6. Play at the prestigious Blue Monster golf course

A visit to Miami wouldn't be complete without a round of golf on one of its immaculate courses. The Blue Monster golf course in the heart of the city underwent an extensive redesign to reaffirm itself as one of the world’s most challenging and impressive courses.

Fairway at Blue Mountain Golf Course

It quickly secured its status as the home to the WGC-Cadillac Championship with unbeatable conditions and challenging hole-by-hole play. Golfers will be met with a 7,608-yard course awash with palm trees, deep rough, narrow undulating greens, uncompromising bunkers and water hazards on almost every hole.

With lush foliage, blue waters and near year-round sunshine, this is an exquisite course for most golf enthusiast's ability, and being conveniently located at the heart of Miami it is the perfect way to end a trip to this spectacular city.

To find out more about chartering in the region, check out our in-depth Florida yacht charter guide for more information.

If Miami is somewhere you would like to explore further then take the time to view the wide range of luxury yachts available for charter in Miami.

Alternatively, reach out to your preferred charter broker for more information.

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