Maine Yacht Charters

With 3,500 miles of coastline, Maine is best explored by sea, aboard a luxury charter yacht

Portland Maine lighthouse
Stretching nearly 3,500 miles in length, the coast of Maine is longer than the coast of California – and just a beautiful. So next time you’re in the mood for beautiful landscapes, take a New England yacht charter along the coast of Maine, and get a glimpse of everything from Acadia National Park and 65 lighthouses, to vast shorelines filled with lobster everywhere you turn.

There’s much to explore. In fact, Maine is more to more than 3,000 islands, nearly all of which are uninhabited, pristine and worthy of an afternoon picnic or hike. The coast is also home to Acadia National Park – one of the country’s oldest parks – a must-visit destination. Plus, with numerous inlets and fjords to explore via kayak, fresh-caught lobster and clams in every port of call, and quiet villages along the way, Maine yacht charters provide a packed itinerary of memorable excursions.

Exploring Maine: Where to Go on Your Charter

During a weeklong yacht rental, see all of coastal Maine’s must-see attractions – from historic Portland and Bar Harbor, to Acadia National Park and Bath Harbor.

Where will your charter take you? Here’s a sample itinerary of a Maine charter, touching the most picturesque, unique, and relaxing destinations.

Day 1 – Portland
Portland, ME is a hub for luxury charters in the region. With an international airport located just minutes from the marinas, you can be off the plane and on board in minutes. The historic city offers plenty of shoreside excursions, arts and culture, yet by sea, there’s plenty to discover. Nearby islands like Harpswell, Orrs and Bailey are a short ride, and provide a haven for beach walks, kayaking and fresh seafood (Cook’s Lobster & Ale House is a Bailey Island mainstay.)

Day 2 – Boothbay Harbor
Boothbay is a quintessential New England port. The picturesque village, features a charming waterfront, with many boutiques, restaurants and tourist amenities. Yet, the real draw is the stunning bay. Known for its islets, rivers and inlets, Boothbay is a kayaker’s dream. Ospreys, seals and bald eagles frequent the area, and the region’s rocky, woodland coasts feel like you’ve stepped into another world.

Day 3 – Mohegan Islands
Maine’s coast has thousands of islands. Yet, Mohegan is a must-visit, known for its exquisite beauty and friendly locals. Spend the day exploring the island – a network of trails traverses the island and provide stunning vistas along the way. Plus, you’ll find artisan shops, unpretentious chowder houses, and the occasional festival in the tiny village.

Day 4 – Camden
Located in Penobscot Bay – a venue for numerous summer regattas – Camden is one of the bay’s favorite hamlets. The region is a summertime hangout for humpback whales – so bring your camera – and seals and sealions bask in the region as well. In Camden, explore the charming waterfront, with its many shops, spas, and upscale eateries.

Day 5 – Butter Island
You’ll find Butter Island on Penobscot Bay, as well. Owned by the Cabot family (purveyors of butter and cheese, hence the name), Butter Island is home to the Monserrat Trail, a winding hiking trail, known for its wild blackberries and stunning views. Another destination nearby, Holbrock Island Sanctuary offers a similar natural reprieve: Gorgeous hiking trails, salty ocean breezes, and out-of-this-world vistas.

Day 6 – Sommes Sound
One of North America’s only fjords, Sommes Sounds abuts Acadia National Park, and is home to two favorite summertime destinations, Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor. Explore the region’s golden sand beaches – most of which are untouched – and gawk at the limestone cliffs. Both Northeast and Southwest Harbors offer plenty to do, as well, including helicopter tours of the park, botanical gardens, art galleries and hiking.

Day 7 – Bar Harbor
Maine - Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor has long been a favorite vacation spot; aristocrats started flocking here during in the 19th century. The town is situated near Acadia, and offers access to its most iconic landscapes, including Cadillac Mountain. And the town also has a thriving summertime nightlife. Explore the harbor by kayak during the day and retire to a historic pub in the afternoon.

Maine Charters: When to Go

Maine is best experienced during the summer months, when temperatures are mild and the weather sunny and ideal. In fact, during summer, the Maine coast comes alive, with shops opening on Memorial Day and visitors heading to Acadia National Park.

  • When to Go: June through September
  • What to Expect: July and August boast the warmest weather, with temperatures jumping into the mid-70s. In June and September, the weather is a bit milder, with temperatures in the mid-60s. Throughout summer, Maine experiences ideal weather, with occasional afternoon rainstorms.
  • Water Conditions: During summer, the waters in Maine are calm. Waves tend to be 2- to 5-feet, allowing for easy cruising.

Ready to explore coastal Maine? Contact your broker with Worldwide Boat to learn about our Maine yacht charters today.

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