Southeast yacht charters offer an extended season and a variety of barrier islands. The best time of year for yacht charter is from March to November, though Florida's season is year-round.
With the powerful Gulf Stream current flowing just off the coast, the southeastern part of the continental United States is a sportfisherman’s playground and a good jumping-off point for charterers headed to the Bahamas or Bermuda to the east.
The Intercoastal Waterway runs all the way up the East Coast but is best known as a way to skip the offshore waters around Cape Hatteras. The ICW also offers some excellent scenery and wildlife in more remote areas. Bareboat charters are available to explore Pamlico Sound, the large and mostly shallow body of water that lies inside the barrier islands near Cape Hatteras. The historic city of Charleston offers both crewed and bareboat charters and can be used as a base for adventures to the Georgia Sea Islands.
Charter options increase further south. South Florida is the hub of the region with its sub-tropical climate. The Florida Keys form a string of islands with the southernmost being the notable Key West. One can cruise the various Keys inside the reef in shoal-draft vessels off the eastern "ocean" side of the Keys, or make a straight shot from Miami to Key West running farther offshore. The "back country" side, off the western side of the Keys offers calm waters and tremendous island sunsets. The west coast of Florida also features quiet, calm-sea cruising, and no shortage of fishing opportunities.