Drift away and escape the everyday frenzy of the US mainland to explore a unique hedonist adventure cruising Florida's keys provides. The Sunshine State is the place to kick back and relax, while lulled by glimmering waves of aquamarine. Exotic island beaches invite you to drop your anchor and leave everyday worries behind, while manatees and dolphins pop by to say a quick hello.
The city horizon calmly fades away as you sail away to your next exciting escapade coloured by intense shades of blue. Leave the cold winter behind to catch up on some much-needed vitamin sea and discover the beauty of the only living colour reef of the USA, drink directly from a coconut, or perhaps even celebrate Christmas by putting festive decorations on a palm tree.
Start your adventure by visiting the sunny metropolis, where you can start your day by tanning and swimming on Miami Beach, where the beautiful nature is juxtaposed by intriguing art deco architecture. A hotspot of the rich and famous, South Beach is an upscale neighbourhood offering a broad variety of elite restaurants, dazzling nightclubs, and cafes surrounded by the alluring sea.
Bask on this upscale beach to soak up the sun and the posh atmosphere - you can easily spend an entire day here and linger for an unforgettable soiree of partying. Those more interested in activities such as fishing, tennis, golf, and bicycle rides should pay a visit to the Haulover Park - Miami Beach has something for everyone.
To enjoy a meal that is quintessentially connected to Miami, go to Joe's Stone Crab - a restaurant that opened in 1913 and is said to be the birthplace of the delicious claws.
Hit the Design District to do some high-end fashion and jewellery shopping - flagships such as Cartier, Rolex, Balenciaga, Hermes, Fendi, Dior, Cartier, and Louis Vuitton are scattered along the streets of this modern area.
The neighbourhood saw its renaissance in the early 2000s and is now known as the hub of creativity, innovative architecture, design, and art. Explore the blossoming art scene, as this neighbourhood is home to over 130 galleries, where the best-established names hold numerous exhibitions. An unmissable attraction surely is The Institute of Contemporary Art, constructed to mimic a "magic box" and consists of 37,500 square feet full of true creative gems.
Celebrity-chef eateries are quite common in this area - visit Michael's Genuine to try award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz's signature dishes.
The natural oasis seduces its visitors with incredible views of Miami's skyline while offering a completely different experience. With fish-studded coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and a multitude of buoys available, Biscayne Bay is a must-see sailing destination that will astonish you with its beauty. The emerald islands are a joy to explore while kayaking, where the sky and sea often mirror and melt into one, while diving around the shipwrecks will provide you with a glimpse into 300 years of maritime history.
Lobster fishing is another activity Biscayne Bay is famous for - a langouste prepared onboard while surrounded by this lagoon's pristine sea will make for an unforgettable dining experience.
The largest section of the Key area is famous for being one of the most attractive diving destinations, mostly owing to its underwater glory to the enormous shipwreck of the USS Spiegel Grove and John Pennekamp Underwater Park, where you can see the largest artificial coral reef on Earth.
Mangrove forests adorn the seas and provide a unique sight - all within reach of top-notch marinas offering great service and assistance.
Sail away to "the village of islands", encompassing Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper, and Lower Matecumbe Keys, Shell as well as Lignumvitae to absorb the splendour of nature and lapis lazuli-coloured seas. Known as the sports fishing capital of the world, the Islamorada is the perfect place for your next big catch of tarpon, bonefish, or snook.
Visit the Theatre of the Sea, where dolphins, sea lions, and even parrots steal the show - they're trained to paint, as well. If you're feeling extra brave, you can even swim with sharks or feed the alligators!
After a long day of fun in the sun, head to Pierre's restaurant to immerse yourself in the mouth-watering haute cuisine, and enjoy the relaxing beach view.
Newfound Harbor Keys
Sport your yacht's diving gear and hop on your tender to admire the star and giant brain corals in the sparkling, shallow waters of the Newfound Harbor Keys just south of Little Palm Island. The small islands that form the stunning site are a wonderful opportunity to see the Florida Key deer wade through water in search of food, and the endless blue horizon is admired by the American Bald Eagle, often seen in the area.
The southernmost point of the continental USA, just 90 miles north of Cuba, offers a unique blend of pretty beaches, buzzing nightlife, cultural heritage, and pastel-coloured conch-style architecture.
While on land, make sure to visit the vibrant Duval Street, where you'll find the former speakeasy bar where Ernest Hemingway loved to spend his time so much, he even named the place himself - Sloppy Joe remains an iconic landmark of the Old Town. After a drink of gin, explore shops around Duval Street. If you're not that interested in the bar scene, visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum to see where the author wrote many of his most notable works, such as Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, To Have and Have Not, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.
Explore the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery - prohibition wildly frowned upon the Key that was a beacon of free thought and mecca of creatives of the era.
Fort Zachary Taylor is one of the few natural beaches of Florida's Keys and a popular choice among locals. The turquoise waters are the perfect place for a refreshing swim, and the shoreline is mostly made up of ground coral. Perfect for both snorkelling and diving, this beach is where you might bump into turtles, dolphins, barracudas, goliath groupers, and tarpons.
See one of the most enthralling beaches in the USA, famous for the endless creamy white sand and gorgeous seas. Bahia Beach is complete with a boat ramp, where you can park your yacht and perhaps see the Miami Blue butterfly, as this oasis is the last known habitat of the species.