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17th December 2020

SOAK UP THE SUN IN FLORIDA THIS WINTER

One of the most popular US destinations to spend the winter, a charter through Florida can be both an off-grid adventure fishing and diving or a social vacation exploring its vibrant cities. With temperatures rarely dropping below 70°F – even in December – its shores welcome yachts throughout the winter. A paradise of beaches, islands, coral reefs and buzzing cities await you in the Sunshine State.
Florida is home to some of the best diving in the United States, with a mix of dramatic marine life, wreck dives and man-made reefs to explore. The Shipwreck Park is located close to Pompano Beach and attracts divers from around the world to discover the 17 wrecks just a mile out to shore. This man-made park was created following the sinking of the 324ft Lady Luck in 2016 and caters to all levels of divers. Now a state museum and treasured archaeological site, it’s a must for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. For those with a sense of adventure, you can go diving with sharks while visiting Florida. Thanks to the warm waters, this region attracts Tiger, Hammerhead, Bull, Reef, Lemon Sharks. Palm Beach is an excellent place to both dive wrecks and encounter sharks.

A vacation to Florida wouldn’t be complete without a few days spent in the thriving cultural hotspot of Miami. For history and art connaisseurs, head ashore and take part in The South Beach Art Deco tour, a 90-minute walking tour that takes you through the historic areas of Miami with striking architecture and art from the 1920s and 30s. The nightlife in Miami is renowned across the world, and although many places are adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, the buzz of the city at night remains. Nikko Beach is an excellent spot to spend the day relaxing in a cabana before enjoying a sunset cocktail. For an elegant restaurant experience, Sugarcane is known for its tapas-style meals, or visit Zuma for excellent Japanese food.

A short cruise from Miami will take you to Biscayne National Park, located in the Northern part of The Florida Keys. An area to explore by boat, in a kayak, snorkelling underwater or on foot, this protected park is a mix of coral reefs, mangrove trees and sandy beaches. Nature lovers will find over 500 varieties of colorful fish in its waters, as well as manatees and even the rare American Crocodile.

Sailing further south will bring you to the Florida Keys, Key Largo is the largest and the first in the chain of islands. While on vacation here you can experience the best of both worlds, with tranquil waters perfect for fishing and diving and the hustle and bustle of the thriving bar and restaurant scene. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must-visit while here. A short distance away is Islamorada, often cited as one of the best places to fish in the world. Drop anchor and spend the day catching Bonefish, Redfish and Tarpon before a sundowner cocktail and delicious meal on board.

There are several of IYC’s fleet currently available to charter this winter in Florida.

Silver Seas

Following a recent refit in 2019, the beautiful Silver Seas is available for charter in South Florida and the Bahamas. Her shallow draft and large exterior decks are perfect for exploring these idyllic cruising grounds, and she comfortably accommodates eight guests.

Her sleek and sporty 32′ intrepid towed tender makes journeys ashore or day trips fast and fun, and she has a whole host of water toys for guests to enjoy, including a 15ft Nouvarina 80hp inflatable tender, two Seabobs, paddle boards, kayaks and ample fishing gear.

Destiny

Enjoy al fresco living on board the immaculately-maintained Destiny. Her highlights include a large flybridge with casual seating for eight, a Bimini shade, a full wet bar with five stools, and a barbecue. An ideal vessel for soaking up the best of the winter weather throughout the Sunshine State.

Enterprise

Built in 2017 by esteemed British shipyard Sunseeker, Enterprise has a contemporary interior with state-of-the-art technology throughout. She can host eight guests overnight in her four well-appointed cabins, which includes two twin, convertible mirrored staterooms with optional pullmans for maximum flexibility for charter groups.

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