When it comes to favorite yachting destinations, the Atlantic Seaboard (also referred to as the Eastern Seaboard) has yachting fans consistently raving. Fourteen states share their shoreline with the Atlantic Ocean, and that access offers plenty of opportunities for yachters to tour terra firma if they so choose. Come aboard as we cruise some of the highlights and find inspiration for future voyages.
Let’s begin in Florida. To paint a vivid picture of Atlantic Seaboard possibilities, consider the fact that the area spans all the way up to Maine, making it completely reasonable to begin a yachting adventure in the Sunshine State and end up in the land of lobster, or vice versa. This span of water has the potential to be the yachting equivalent of an American highlight road trip – all accessible by water.
A favorite destination for yachters is the beautiful journey from Florida to Hilton Head. Some even make it an annual pilgrimage and return to Florida when the heart of the summer is over. The weather in South Carolina is milder than the Florida heat, and the area features gorgeous beaches and numerous arts and entertainment venues. Referred to as ‘low country,’ this portion of South Carolina hosts some of the nation’s finest golf courses.
Another popular anchoring spot is the Chesapeake Bay, an estuary. For wildlife observers, this is an incredible spot. It is inland from the Atlantic Ocean and huge, spanning the District of Columbia, Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland. This ecosystem attracts adventurers and promises exposure to areas mostly untouched by man’s presence. Love blue crabs? They’re plentiful here and are a fresh-caught highlight on many a local menu.
When the Atlantic Seaboard ends in Maine, yachters find it to be a great stopping point. Maine has long attracted seafarers and has a certain nautical feel to its culture. There are plenty of plump lobster for the taking, of course, but unique stops like a night or two in Bar Harbor make a visit unforgettable. While you’re there, consider venturing to Acadia National Park, made famous for its spruce and granite islands.
The Eastern Seaboard is a yachter’s oyster (Atlantic, of course). Plan your itinerary to include highlights along the way, and enjoy water access to numerous areas. Dock your yacht and spend days or even weeks exploring all the possibilities this area has to offer.