Key West Yacht Charter

Key West Yacht Charter Booking Company

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters located in Key West, Florida, was founded by boat owners seeking to provide a superior yacht charter service. Our goal is to make every person’s Key West yacht charter desires and dreams, a reality.  At Blue Ocean Yacht Charters we personally talk to every customer, paying close attention to their Key West yacht charter desires.

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters is a Key West yacht charter booking company that specializes in overnight boat rental, day excursions, sunset sails, and extended yacht charters.  Customers will find that when they call Blue Ocean Yacht Charters, they do not have to wait on hold or talk to an operator, free from prompts.

Our Key West yacht charter booking company was founded on the principle of providing the highest customer service. This is why our Key West boat charter customers are more likely to return than other yacht charter companies.  All our boats provide the highest quality in performance and accommodations.

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters prides itself for keeping its yacht charter pricing affordable.  No matter your budget, we are a Key West boat charter booking company that will have a yacht charter in Key West that’s right for you.

Our Yachts

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters has the right yacht for everyone.  Most of our customers desire the peace and beauty of a sailing charter.  For those customers who desire a motor yacht, we can provide this experience as well.  Blue Ocean Yacht Charters is adding boats on a regular basis, giving you choices that are simple, affordable, and functional.

Yacht Layout

The layout of a boat is very important to Blue Ocean Yacht Charters as well as its customers.  Our yachts are carefully chosen to give your Key West yacht charter the best experience possible. The number of passengers chartering and sleeping is a very important part of a Key West yacht charter.


The number of cabins (bedrooms) and beds are usually considered one of the highest priorities in a Key West vessel charter.  Most of our vessels have functional, yet efficient cabins with one bed that can sleep up to two adults with multiple cabins in one yacht.  A cabin will typically have storage and closet space large enough to store your clothes and personal belongings you would normally take with you on a vacation.  All our yachts boast spacious, well lit, cabins designed to make your overnight Key West, yacht charter, experience restful.  Whether you rent a yacht and stay overnight at the marina or spend the night anchored by a private island, Blue Ocean Yacht Charters can assure you restful sleep.


The heads, or bathrooms are also an important factor in determining a Key West yacht charter.  When you call us for your next Key West boat charter, we will discuss the necessity of having a private bathroom vs a shared bathroom with other guests in your private party. Most all our boats are equipped with a shower, sink, and toilet.  These heads are spacious enough to accomplish what is needed to freshen up.


The galley, sometimes referred to as the salon typically has a dining area with comfortable seating.  Many of our yachts have kitchens located in this area that are fully furnished for all your cooking desires.  In the kitchen, the vessel could have a stove, cook top range, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, sink, and plenty of storage for cooking essentials.  Most of our boats have TV’s with DVD players for the entertainment you desire.  This area is well lit, with many windows, for beautiful ocean views.  Many of the boats are equipped with stereo/CD players for your listening desires.


The cockpit is the area that is located outside the yacht, mostly shaded where the captain may steer the ship.  Many of our yachts have additional seating and dining tables in this area.  Music can be heard from the outdoor speakers or listen to the beautiful sounds of the ocean.  Some of the boats have sun beds and other extensions of this area for lounging and catching some sunshine.   Our most popular activity is dinner in the cockpit while watching the beautiful sunsets Key West has to offer under sail.


The deck is the area on top of the yacht.  This can be used for standing, sitting, lying to rest at the same time taking in the beautiful sun in Key West, Florida.

Please call Blue Ocean Yacht Charters located in Key West, Florida for additional information on other amenities such as a BBQ grille, trampoline, and more for your next Key West yacht charter.

Featured Yachts


Bellamaggio sailing catamaran is 48 feet long and is one of our most popular yachts in Key West to charter.  BellaMaggio is located at Stock Island Marina Village located at 7005 Shrimp Rd in Key West, FL.  This catamaran is equipped with four cabins with each cabin having its private bathroom and shower.  This yacht can take up to 12 passengers sailing and up to ten sleeping under a bareboat rental agreement in Key West.

BellaMaggio prides itself on the use of all natural, ecofriendly, cleaning products so your Key West yacht charter is healthy and fun.  BellaMaggio also provides its guests with organic linens, bath towels, and all natural toiletries for their yacht charter in Key West.

Cabins & Under Water Viewing Windows

This yacht is equipped with two master estate rooms located in the rear of the vessel and two forward guest suites located in the front of the boat.  The forward cabins are a highlight for those guests that can wake up to tropical fish swimming by their very own underwater window.  All cabins are well lit and have windows to open to let the fresh ocean breeze flow through your windows.


The galley or great room is large and spacious. It is well lit with windows surrounding the entire area giving you 360 degree views of the ocean whenever you desire.  The kitchen is located in this area as well, fully furnished with cook top stove, oven, microwave, two refrigerators and freezers. There is plenty of dining space on this yacht.  The galley can seat up to eight adults as well as the table folds down to sleep two adults after a day of sailing and playing.  The galley offers a widescreen TV and DVD player and an assortment of movies.  Additionally it has a CD/Stereo system for your listening enjoyment.

Helm, Deck, and Trampoline

In addition to the dining seating there is room for two with the captain at the helm. Additional seating for up to three adults on the starboard side of the cockpit area.  In addition to this seating, this catamaran boasts 48’ of deck space, 26’ wide to lay out, lounge or play.  The trampoline makes a perfect place to get close to the waves while sailing, nice for sun bathing, or just fun for jumping.  Two additional seats sit the most forward part of the catamaran, one on each side at the tip of the bow.  These seats are incredible to get up front and close to dolphins, turtles, ocean waves, and for viewing beautiful coral reefs and fish right underneath you.


The cockpit area is large and spacious with seating up to 12 and another outdoor dining table area.  Most of the entire area is covered by another part of the boat giving plenty of shade and sun protection.  A BBQ grille in the stern of the cockpit makes this yacht a Key West yacht chartering delight.  Listen to your favorite music or socialize with your guests, there is plenty of room for everyone on this boat.


During your charter you will have access to the yacht’s dinghy.  The dinghy is eleven feet long with a Yamaha outboard.  The dinghy helps transport guests to private islands or just fun to play around with.


In addition to a Key West vessel charter to a destination, many guests enjoy staying on BellaMaggio at the beautiful Stock Island Marina Village and world-renowned Perry Hotel.  During a guests stay on the yacht at the marina, guests will have access to the marina’s shower and laundry facilities, dog park, restaurants (fine and casual dining). Additionally guest will have access to a new, outdoor, heated, swimming pool.  There is a free shuttle service to and from downtown Key West located about 4 miles from the marina.  Live music is offered most nights preventing you from wanting to leave this island paradise.

Please call Blue Ocean Yacht Charters for more details on amenities offered on BellaMaggio, such as a generator, air conditioning, auto pilot, and an inverter.

Lion’s Paw

This mono-haul sailboat is 45 feet long and is our most popular mono-haul yacht to charter. To truly appreciate the island of Key West, see it from the sparkling waters that surround it. With a Key West sailboat charter, aboard the Lions Paw, you can experience the Southernmost City both on and off the water. Explore Key West’s lively Duval Street or enjoy a quiet night at sea under the stars. Our Key West yacht charters offer you options for overnights at sea or in port and daytime excursions. This yacht is a first-class sailing vessel, and our crew are experienced and passionate about sailing.

Here’s what the Lion’s Paw offers:

A raised deck and that translates into great views from inside the spacious salon.

Forward and aft cabins with full size beds and private access to bathrooms.

Sheets, towels, and some toiletries.

Two AC systems and a generator for off shore power needs

The kitchen includes sink, stove, small refrigerator, pots, pans, cutlery, tableware, microwave oven, and coffee pot

A large cooler for ice and beverages

Two bathrooms – called Heads – and doors to the aft and forward cabins.

Sound system for local radio or your personal I-Pod

Televisions are located in both cabins

Wifi available via marina

Tin Tin

This 2016, Main Cat 38, high performance sailing catamaran will make your next sailing adventure unforgettable.  The catamaran was built by renowned builders Maine Cat Catamarans (US Manufacturer).  This catamaran has been featured in Sail Magazine’s list of best boats of 2018. It is less than two years old and shines like it did on its first voyage as it was sailed around the world by her owner.  This catamaran has a spacious three bedroom layout with a large master bathroom and shower.

The yacht charters well with four guests overnight at sea, however can take up to six overnight at the marina to more guests on a day sail.  Experience elegance and speed while relaxing in this yacht’s spacious cockpit or sun on its spacious deck.  No matter your desires this catamaran will make your next Key West yacht charter an unforgettable memory.  Please call Blue Ocean Yacht Charters at 612-568-5370 for more details and information on the yacht called, Tin Tin.


There are so many places to go and see with a Key West, boat charter. When you hire a yacht from Blue Ocean Yacht Charters, the possibilities are endless with no limits.  When you call Blue Ocean Yacht Charters, our customer service representative will assist you in determining the best destination based on your time and budget.

The Dry Tortugas

Our most popular yacht charter is to The Dry Tortugas.  Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.

Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States, was built between 1846 and 1875 to protect the nation’s gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Supply and subsidence problems and the Civil War delayed construction. The fort was never completed because of fears that additional bricks and cannon would cause further settling and place more stress on the structure and the cistern system. Distinguishing features include decorative brickwork and 2,000 arches. Time, weather, and water continue to take their toll, necessitating ongoing stabilization and restoration projects.

Dry Tortugas Yacht Charter

The Dry Tortugas is typically a minimum of a six night Key West yacht charter round trip, however can done in as little as three nights one way, taking a Sea Plane back to Key West.  The charterer or customer would be responsible for paying the captain to return the boat back to its port in Key West.


The Dry Tortugas is our most popular charter for the reasons listed above but also known for a beautiful sail to and from Key West.  The Dry Tortugas makes a perfect Key West yacht charter due to its beautiful landscape, marine life, and tranquility.  A Key West yacht charterer will stop half way at the Marquises which is about a 5 hour sail from Key West. The Marquises, called quick sands, are deserted islands formed naturally from many years or hurricanes and other natural phenomenon.  These islands are loaded with birds and other unique wildlife.  When on a Key West yacht charter with Blue Ocean Yacht Charters, the charterer will be able to use the dinghy to get to the islands from the sailboat. These islands boast many acres of white sandy beaches.


The tranquility of this Key West yacht charter starts with no airplanes, traffic noises, or best of all, no cell phone or Wi-Fi reception. This way you can unplug and relax from your hectic life back home.  After cooking out on the grill or enjoying a professionally made dinner by a chef, charter guests wake up and head for the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson.  This sail is about another 5 hours which should get you to your anchorage at Garden Key at the Dry Tortugas in the afternoon sometime.  This will allow you to take the dinghy into the fort and look around and get registered with a park ranger.

The next day we recommend you join a tour lead by the national park service of Fort Jefferson.  These tours are very educational and should not be missed.  In the afternoon many of our guests like to take the yacht out to one of the famous reefs or wrecks for a snorkel or dive.  In the evening, sunsets are remarkable from the boat or on top of the tall wall surrounding Fort Jefferson.

On your way home, you will stop overnight one more time at the Marquises before arriving at the marina your last night.  It’s time to make your next Key West yacht charter a charter to the Dry Tortugas with Blue Ocean Yacht Charters.

The Florida Keys

Day 1: Stock Island to Little Palm Island 24 NM

Leave our charter base and try Little Palm Island. Reservations for dockage and dinner are highly recommend at this private resort. Ashore, watch for the miniature key deer and tropical birds.

Day 2: Looe Key and Marathon 25 NM

Looe is 5 miles south of Little Palm Island. It is one of the most colorful and alive of all the reefs in the Keys. Your destination tonight will be Boot Key Harbor. You’ll have a choice of marinas and anchorages.

Day 3: Long Key Bight 23 NM

Take your time, relax and have a slow start to your day. You might want to take a side trip out to Sombrero Key for snorkeling. If not and after leaving Boot Key Harbor follow Hawk Channel in a northeasterly direction and set a course to Long Key Bight.

Day 4: Indian Key 8 NM

The plan for this day is to take a short sail and then do some exploring on Indian Key, which was the Dade County seat from 1836 to 1840. About 1 mile south of the Indian Key, you’ll find mooring buoys marking the remains of the Spanish sailing galleon “San Pedro” in about 18′ of water.

Day 5: Duck Key 20 NM

Want to spend some time enjoying luxury in the Keys? Set Sail for the first class Hawk’s Cay Resort in Duck Key. Do not go in at low tide!

Day 6: Bahia Honda Key 23 NM

As you depart Duck Key today you will back track with your destination being the anchorage at Bahia Honda Key. Bahia Honda is a state park and you can dinghy ashore where you’ll find a gift shop, an old broken railway bridge and a small swimming beach on the bay side.

Day 7: Key West 30 NM

It’s time to start heading back for Key West Today. If you make an early start today you might want to make another snorkeling visit to Looe Key.

Key Largo

A Key West yacht charter to Key Largo is a little bit more of an aggressive charter to do in a week.  This would mean less stops and more sailing, however will be well worth the charter.    A yacht charterer could take a few of the stops listed previous along the way with the final destination, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Once there snorkel the famous John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first underwater state park encompassing 70 nautical miles.


Snorkeling Christ of the Abyss is probably the most famous underwater attraction in Key Largo, Florida. It is also known as Christ of the Deep. There is a bronze statue of Christ mounted on a cement base in one of the grooves of a patch reef.  To see the statue you are actually snorkeling the area called Dry Rocks. Make Key Largo your next Key West yacht charter with Blue Ocean Yacht Charters.


Further north easterly, beyond Key Largo, is Miami.  This Key West yacht charter is best done, one way in one week.  You could fly into Miami and have a captain bring the boat to you, and take a week charter back to Key West or depart from Key West making Miami your final destination. A yacht charterer also has the option of a two week round trip yacht charter to Miami and back to Key West, Florida.  There are many things to see and do in Miami, once there.

Things to do on a Key West yacht charter

  • Sailing

Sailing a boat is one of the most rewarding experiences in boating today.  Letting the nature move you effortlessly, quietly, to and from a destination decompresses ones inner soul. Sailing also burns calories, so no need to worry about gaining weight on this Key West yacht sailing vacation.

  • Snorkel the Coral Reefs and view fish from the yacht

Key Wests boasts hundreds of miles of coral reefs, most being protected.  The reef tract starts near Miami and extends southwest to the Dry Tortugas, about sixty-seven miles west of Key West.  Most of the coral reefs are protected due to conservation efforts making them spectacular and some are the best in the world.

  • Play

Jumping off the yacht, swimming, and jumping on the trampoline, are just some of the fun on a Key West yacht charter.

  • Fishing

Fishing in Key West is probably well known for being the best in the world. On a Key West yacht charter, guests can troll a lure behind the boat while sailing or fish while it’s anchored on a reef. Many of the reefs in Key West prohibit fishing, so make sure to check your local rules for further information on this.

  • Sunset Sails and Dinners

Key West offers some of the most breath taking sunsets.  This is especially beautiful while under sail.  Be fortunate to even see a pod of dolphins while sailing on one of our perfect yachts.

  • Exploring islands and viewing wildlife

A Key West yacht charter offers opportunities to stop at private islands, some inhabited and others uninhabited.  Key West offers miles of islands called Keys with white sandy beaches which are great for shelling, walking and exploring during a Key West yacht charter.  Most of these islands are home to many birds and wildlife.  Some are home to sea turtle nesting sites.

  • Viewing sea life such as dolphins, turtles, and manatees

Viewing dolphins and sea turtles are very common on a Key West Yacht Charter.  Some can even get real close to the boat during your Key West yacht charter.

  • Hanging out under the stars

Nothing is more beautiful than sitting on the deck of your favorite yacht and watching the sky light up.  As you look down you will see the ocean light up with different sea creatures such as jelly fish giving off light in the dark water beneath you.  The nights on a Key West yacht charter are so quiet, you can hear a pin drop.

  • Weddings and Anniversary Celebrations

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters offers yachts that are available for wedding and anniversary celebrations.  Most our yachts can take up to 12 guests.  If more guests are required, taking two yachts out together and anchoring side by side makes an unforgettable memory.

  • Unplug!

One of the benefits most people don’t realize when hiring Blue Ocean Yacht Charters for a Key West yacht charter, is that some of the time there is no cell phone reception.  Talk with your spouse and your kids without the distractions of modern day technology.  Reunite relationships on a Key West yacht charter today.

  • Relax

There is nothing more relaxing than a sailing yacht charter in Key West, Florida.  Make your next Key West charter with Blue Ocean Yacht Charters.

Selecting the right yacht charter

Private Yacht Charter

All our yacht charters are private and located in Key West, Florida.  What this means is that you and your guests will have the entire yacht to yourselves with the exception to the captain and crew.  We do not offer shared charters with other people you don’t know similar to a bed and breakfast.

Bareboat yacht charter 

A Bareboat charter is when the customer rents the boat from the boat owner and the boat owner relinquishes control of the vessel for any given period of time.  The customer must hire and pay its own captain and crew to run the ship.  The customer pays the boat owner or charter management company for use of the boat and that’s it.  The charterer must pay for its own fuel, provisions, insurance, or any other amenities preferred during the charter.

One of the benefits of a Key West bareboat yacht charter is that the charterer may have more than six passengers or guests, however is limited to 12 or less, with an uninspected coast guard vessel.  Besides regulations and the number of beds, the boats passenger rating is vitally instrumental when determining the right boat for your next Key West boat charter. For more information visit:

“Hired” yacht charter

A hired yacht charter is when a customer pays the boat owner or charter management company for timed use of the ship.  All our yachts are uninspected vessels so under this type of charter, the customer is limited to six or less passengers on board.  The captain and crew members are not calculated in this total.  The customer usually pays a fee that encompasses insurance, fuel, provisions, beverages, and sometimes meals prepared.

Captain and Crew

Selecting the right captain and crew is one of the most important things to consider when hiring a yacht charter in Key West.  In addition to selecting the right size and layout to your yacht, having the right captain and crew is just as important on a Key West yacht charter.  When selecting crew to run the vessel, Blue Ocean Yacht Charters will pair you with the crew that is most knowledgeable about the yacht as well as the waters it moves in.


Our company has insight and understanding of the skill level and expertise of each captain that charters its vessels.  Leave it to Blue Ocean Yacht Charters to match you with the perfect crew.  If your Key West yacht charter will be of Bareboat, we stand by in assisting you with selecting the best captain and crew for you to hire.

Captain and crew typically share one restroom on board and sleep in a crew cabin or one of the additional cabins on board.  This is something very important when selecting the right yacht for you and your guests.  If the yacht offers four cabins with four beds that each sleeps two adults, you may only have three bedrooms and beds with a Key West yacht charter.  This is because the crew (depending on the number of crew) with assume at least one cabin. This will limit your guest size or sleeping area.

Private Chefs

Private Chefs are available for hire and are consider additional crew members that will need a place to sleep on board during your charter.  Blue Ocean Yacht Charters will pick up your provisions for you, bring them to the yacht, and unpack and organize them for you to save you the hassle of having to do this when you arrive.  Additionally if you have a private Chef on board with you, they will serve you, and do all the cleanup.  This is the best way to take in a Key West boat charter.

Uninspected vessel

An uninspected vessel is only allowed to carry up to six passengers, weighing less than 100 tons and twelve or less passengers for vessels between 100-200 tons.  The captain is required to have an appropriate coast guard license based on weight and number of passengers it charters.  All our boats associated with Blue Ocean Yacht Charters are uninspected vessels.

Boat Safety

This is probably the most overlooked criteria, by a customer, when selecting a yacht charter in Key West.  This is not overlooked by our Key West boat charter booking company.  This is one of the highest priorities to us at Blue Ocean Yacht Charters.  All of our yacht charters are under 100 tons and carry the required coast guard approved safety gear on board.


Furthermore our captains that we refer to are the most knowledgeable and trained in the Key West waters and the boats in our Key West yacht charter company.  All charters are required to submit a float plan of their charter plans that also ensures the safety of the crew and passengers.  Charter guests that listen to the captain and crew in preparations for a Key West yacht charter have the safest experience and usually the most enjoyable Key West boat charter vacation.

The Length of a Yacht Charter

Day Sails and Excursions

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters offers half day tours, full day excursions, and sunset sails.  A half day trip is 4 hours.  A full day trip is 8 hours.  A sunset sail can happen in a half day or full day sail or on its own for 2 hours.  The start time is typically left up to the customer for all day sails and excursions.  There is so much to see and do on a day sail.  Many of our customers enjoy snorkeling on the beautiful coral reefs that protect Key West shore lines.

Barrier Reefs

This barrier reef system that starts south of Miami extends for over 100 miles to the west of Key West. This coral reef system not only protects the shorelines however offers habit and food to millions of sea life that thrive in this habitat.  This reef system is about 4 miles from the marina in Key West.  It is about a 30-60 min sail to the reef.  Once there, charter customers can snorkel, swim, fish, grille out, or just relax and watch the sea life, including many colorful tropical fish from the boat.  Dolphin and sea turtle encounters are common on these trips.  These creatures are typically a highlight in a Key West yacht charter.

Some charterers like to sail to a private island and get out to discover its inhabitants, wildlife, and beaches by means of a dinghy associated with the vessel.  The possibilities are endless the more time you have to take in a day sail.  All trips must return before dark to assure the safety of the passengers and the vessel.  All day sails are fully refundable if the captain cancels the trip due to bad weather.

24 hour Boat Excursions

This yacht excursion is very popular.  Guests will spend their first night in the marina on the boat.  The next morning, the 24 hour excursion starts with many of the possibilities in a day excursion and more.  You will stay overnight out on the ocean with fish and wildlife surrounding you.  The anchorage will be near a protected area, usually a private island that you can get out and explore.  The stars can be bright out here, like camping on water, with silence and tranquility that is un-surpassing.  Wake up the next morning and head back to the marina where you will spend at least one more night on board before you check out the following morning prior to 11:00am.

3 to 7 night Yacht Charter

This Key West yacht charter is a one way or round trip to a destination from Key West, Florida.  There can be stopping points along the way to snorkel, swim, fish, or relax.  Additionally there can be different nightly moorings (anchorages) near protected islands or keys to spend the nights under the stars.  Typically the first and last nights on this charter are spent on the yacht at the marina. This gives yourselves time to unpack/pack and prepare your provisions before you set off for your yacht charter.  Typically a float plan is prepared for the boat owner with the crew and charterer. This will outline the itinerary for the Key West yacht charter.  All charters are refundable to the point of your overnight stay at the marina. This is less expensive than setting off for a charter to a destination.  This is refundable in the event the captain cancels due to bad weather.

Overnight Yacht Rentals 

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters specializes in matching its customers with the perfect yacht for their overnight stay in beautiful Key West, FL.  Imagine your next vacation rental being next to the water during your entire stay in a protected marina, free of any movement of the vessel.  Fish and other marine animals are always around you sitting on top of the calmest waters.  Breathtaking views and marina amenities.  All guests have free access to the marina’s amenities.

Why hire Blue Ocean Yacht Charters?

Our company takes the guess work out of booking as some companies only lets guests email listing owners.  This process is cumbersome and many times a guest makes the wrong decision.  Blue Ocean Yacht Charters talks with every one of our guests making sure that all their questions are answered..  Our Key West boat charter company screens every boat making sure your next yacht rental in Key West is a five star experience.

Friendly Staff

Our friendly staff at Blue Ocean Yacht Charters awaits your phone call or text at 651-568-5370 to make your next charter, a dream come true. You can also go to: for a free quote. You can also find more information about Blue Ocean Yacht Charters and like us on our Facebook page: Become a friend today and stay tuned for upcoming specials and discounts for your next Key West yacht charter and overnight yacht rental vacation.

Blue Ocean Yacht Charters, Key West’s premier yacht charter booking company, is here to make your next Key West yacht charter come true.  Sail away in the pristine, blue waters, in Key West, Florida for an unforgettable memory. Make your next Key West yacht charter affordable and memorable with us today.