North America yacht charters offer a variety of coasts to explore. The best time of year for yacht charter is from April to October up north; Florida and Southern California offer a pleasant climate year round.
The United States and Canada have two lengthy ocean coasts and many miles of Great Lakes and Gulf coastline, making it possible to find cruising and chartering during any season. The Pacific Northwest includes both Canadian and US territories and wins the charter popularity contest thanks to its light winds, deep water, and spectacular mountain scenery. A wide variety of power and sail charter options are available, centered between the San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound.
The United States offers an incredible variety of charter opportunities.The Southeast ranges from the opulence of South Florida to the remarkable estuary of Chesapeake Bay. The Northeast stretches from the rugged coast of Maine south to the charming ports of Cape Cod and Newport, RI. The West Coast offers stellar scenery from the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco and San Diego. The lengthy Gulf coast offers great beaches and fantastic fishing. The five fresh water Great Lakes are sometimes referred to as the North Coast. And in the middle of it all is the rich sailing tradition of the Midwest.
You can charter any boat imaginable in some of these destinations: classic America's Cup winning yachts, superyachts, event boats, privately owned sailboats, sport fishing boats, and motorboats of all sizes.
Other charter options include Maine windjammer cruises and other large well-outfitted yachts, and privately owned boats available for bareboat charter. You can also find bareboats and crewed charters throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, with Annapolis as the central location.
Though charter companies are scattered all along the Southeast coast, Florida is a dominant charter area because of its year-round climate, well-developed industry, and access to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Winter getaways are easily found on both coasts. Crewed yacht charters dominate the Atlantic coast, though some bareboats are available. The Gulf coast is less developed and shallower, so boats tend to be smaller.
Farther north along the Gulf coast, charters are available in ports such as Pensacola Florida, Biloxi Mississippi, and Galveston Bay, Texas.
The Great Lakes offer summer cruising options from urban to rustic. Charter companies based in Chicago and Toronto offer mostly crewed charters on a variety of boats. Seasonal offerings are scattered along the coastlines of several states, and the North Channel of Lake Huron is a prime destination. The season is short, but the people are friendly and much of the coastline is unspoiled.