The state of Florida has almost 8500 miles of coastline, the second-most in the United States (behind only Alaska). It is a peninsula jutting into the Caribbean Sea, flanked by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. For yacht enthusiasts, that means plenty of shoreline to follow and marinas to dock at, especially in the tropical beaches below Orlando. If you are interested in finding a South Florida marina for your yacht, here are a few suggestions.
One Island Park, Miami Beach
This brand-new marina, which caters exclusively to superyachts – with space for vessels as long as 800 feet – only opened in November 2017. Here, you receive a bevy of high-end services and stylish amenities, so you can get the celebrity treatment you expect. Arguably, the best thing about this marina is its prime location: Miami Beach’s sand and surf are anything but overrated, and the city’s glamorous nightlife offerings and Ocean Drive’s Art Deco sensibilities may even be underrated.
Services and Amenities: 15 docks, electrical connections (100 amp SP, 100 amp 3P, 480v 3P, 480v 600 amp), fueling, provisioning (concierge services and local grocery stores), maintenance, waste management, laundry, security (24 hours), customs and immigration
Just as the word “marina” is embedded in the word “Miami” within its name, the Miamarina is entrenched in the heart of its namesake city’s downtown area, right on the intercoastal waterway. It is right beside Bayside and practically neighbors the American Airlines Arena. Yacht enthusiasts may want to stop at this South Florida marina in February, and not just because Florida still has summer weather in that time of the year. Every year, the Miami International Boat Show takes place, with the Miamarina proudly serving as the host of Strictly Sail.
Services and Amenities: 130 slips, electrical connections (30 amp, 50 amp, 100 amp), protected deep water slips, laundry, security (24 hours), customs, fishing charters, diving charters
Dinner Key Marina, Miami
South of Downtown Miami is Coconut Grove, and that posh village is home to the Dinner Key Marina. This harbor offers a variety of accommodation options for a variety of seafarers, including liveaboards. The City of Miami also boasts that Dinner Key Marina is “Florida’s largest wet slip marine facility,” with 582 slips available. If you prefer that type of marina and do not mind being in a beautiful area like the Grove, this may be the place for you.
Services and Amenities: 582 slips, electrical connections (30 amp, 50 amp, 100 amp), fueling, laundry, security (24 hours), customs, fishing charters
Stock Island Marina Village, Key West
Miami is a marvelous metropolis, but there is more to South Florida than the Magic City. The people of Key West, for example, know all about island living, which may be why they are so friendly to liveaboards. The Stock Island Marina Village lives up to its name, with a massive community of people who have made their yachts into a home. As such, they offer plenty of services to make life that much easier. Sailors not intent on settling down for too long will find that this South Florida marina also serves as a nice jumping-off point for breaking away from the Sunshine State and seeing the wonders of the Caribbean.
Services and Amenities: 220 slips, electrical connections, fueling, restaurant, laundry, security
Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina, Fort Myers
Who said the west coast of Florida could not have any fun at sea? Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina not only offers plenty of wet slips but also three hurricane-proof buildings for dry storage. The marina also has many amenities, including a marble bathroom equipped with showers to wash off the sea salt. Sailors can stretch their legs on land at a nearby nature trail or jump right into a kayaking or canoeing caper through a lagoon lined with mangrove trees. If you are a bit tired of canned food, make sure to stop by the Lighthouse Restaurant for a refreshing meal with a view of the ocean.
Services and Amenities: 95 slips, dry boat storage for 135 boats, electrical connections (30 amp, 50 amp), fueling, restaurant, laundry, security, fishing charters
Fishermen’s Village Marina, Punta Gorda
Standing in stark contrast to the recently erected marinas on this list is Fishermen’s Village, the pride and joy of Charlotte Harbor. The history of this Punta Gorda pier stretches back almost a century, and for decades it was crucial to Florida’s fishing industry. However, yachters who dock here will find more than some old docks: today, the village is home to a resort, boutiques, waterfront restaurants, and entertainment of all kinds. Hitching your boat here comes with plenty of the services you would expect from a modern marina, and then some – as well as a classic touch you could not find in newer ones.
Services and Amenities: 136 slips, electrical connections (30 amp, 50 amp, 100 amp), fueling, restaurants, food service, laundry
As you can see, finding a South Florida marina for your yacht based on your needs is not that difficult – there are many more than this small list could showcase. Finding yachts for sale or rental while you are in South Florida does not have to be hard either. If you are itching to see as much of the Sunshine State’s coastline as you can, the Advantaged Yacht Charters can help you with finding the vessel that best suits your needs. Whether you want to take an adventure on a cruiser or enjoy a soiree on a mega yacht, we have the yacht for you.