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Florida Keys, Key West or the Bahamas Term Charters

Viking Sport Charter

61 Viking Sport Cruiser photographed from the SS Sapona, Bimini, Bahamas

Plan the perfect yacht charter get-away on this 61′ Viking Sport Yacht to the Florida Keys, Key West or the Bahamas!

Bimini and Nearby Islands

Island hopping in the Bahamas is simply the most exciting private boating experience you could undertake. The Bahamas island chain consists of 700 plus islands and Bimini, Bahamas is a mere 45 nautical miles east of Miami. Traveling to Bimini by a private boat charter, such as our 61′ Viking Sport Cruiser – pictured above, can be accomplished in approximately 3 hours travel time at cruise in most yachts. Upon arrival to the Bahamas, one must clear Customs and Immigration. This simple feat can sometimes take 30 minutes but can also take up to 3 hours, during which time the vessel is under quarantine until the Captain has cleared the vessel and all passengers with the Bahamian Customs and Immigration. Upon clearance, you will be allowed to explore the island and her beaches. The water is simply incredible — clear, turquoise blue, white sandy bottom! The water is teamed with an abundance of marine life, to include: nurse sharks, star fish, conch, stingrays and a multitude of both game fish and tropical fish.

From Bimini a quick trip to the S.S. Sapona, more commonly known as the Concrete Ship, is a great location to snorkel or dive the shipwreck. She is situated in relatively shallow water of 17′ and is 4 miles from Bimini.

Also nearby is Honeymoon Harbor. Honeymoon Harbor is a small anchorage on the north end of Gun Cay and is a great stop to spend an afternoon sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. The water is approximately 10′ deep. On the south side of the island is a white sandy beach. It is here that the stingrays are quite friendly and may swim up to you out of curiosity as they are accustomed to being fed. Marine life may include: stingrays, bright orange starfish, pink conch, and even a nurse shark or two.

A short jaunt away are the Cat Cays: North Cat Cay and South Cat Cay which are approximately 10 miles from Bimini. North Cat Cay is home to the famed private members-only Cat Cay Yacht Club. There is a sandbar near the island where at low tide you can find hundreds of sandollars and conch shells as well as a few starfish caught in the occasional tide pools. A dinghy or tender is a good choice to get to the sandbar at low tide.

Island hopping in the Exumas is truly an adventurous trip requiring a minimum of 7-10 days to really enjoy the true beauty of the Bahamian island chain.

The Florida Keys

While most folks think of the Florida Keys as being a quick boat ride away, in reality the Keys are further away than the first island of the Bahamas. Key Largo, home to the renowned John Pennekamp State Park which is the first underwater park in the US and is known for the underwater Christ statue and snorkeling. Key Largo is approximately 42 nautical miles south of the Port of Miami.

Islamorada is the next island destination just south of Key Largo. It is known for its world class sport fishing and fishing tournaments. Islamorada is home to the Holiday Isles Marina where you can get fuel, enjoy the Tiki Bar and take photographs with a giant hammerhead shark statue. There is a sandbar just east of the marina that requires a small vessel, dinghy or tender. The sandbar becomes a party on the water especially during the weekends. The Inn has a nice pool, restaurant and beach area. Islamorada is approximately 70 nautical miles south of the Port of Miami.

Marathon Key is known as part of the middle Keys and as the heart of the Florida Keys. Next to Marathon Key is Duck Key home to Hawk’s Cay Resort and Marina. This resort is a destination all in its own with fishing, diving, dolphin encounters, kiteboarding, tennis, kayaking tours, jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling and the endless selection of pools. Marathon is approximately 113 nautical miles south of the Port of Miami.

And, finally, Key West — the Southernmost point of the continental United States. There are many marinas to select for your charter yacht home away from away. Our favorite is the Galleon Resort and Marina with great location and walking distance to Duval Street and Mallory Square where you can view the best sunsets in Key West. Duval Street is home to many well-known restaurants and bars. Walking down Duval Street, stopping at the various bars and restaurants is commonly known as the Duval Crawl. Key West is approximately 154 nautical miles south of the Port of Miami.

We have chartered a boat twice with Yacht Charters in Miami and have had the best times of our lives. The boat was larger than we thought it would be. We were very surprised with such a professional crew and that there were no hidden costs. The captain and crew were outstanding. We plan on chartering again with Yacht Charters in Miami as soon as possible. We love the Keys and Bahamas. In time, we plan on moving to Florida because of our experiences on the boat and will recommend them to all of our friends. The boat was extremely clean and very organized. Thank you for such a great time.PatYahoo 12/2008

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