Why Choose Annapolis?
1. Discover a city steeped in pivotal American history
There is no denying the importance of Annapolis in the formation of what we now know today as USA. Once you have docked your yacht in the marina, explore the city’s streets and discover the impact of Colonial times on the architecture and design of buildings. Stop by the original homes of the signers of the Declaration of Independence or visit the landmark Maryland State House. William Paca House and Gardens offers an immersive experience where you can understand exactly what living in a Colonial house on the East Coast was like. Museums form an integral part of the city and there are plenty to visit during your stay. With such important events occurring in these sites, it is a remarkable feeling to stand in the same place as some of the nation’s most influential characters.
2. A Social Hub
If you are keen to meet like-minded people who share a similar passion for sailing, or you just want to learn more from those who are experienced in yacht chartering, then Annapolis is the place for you. Sailing is one of the core activities of the city, and the marina is well-equipped to cater for any need you may have. A dedicated team is on hand to help with any hauling, launch or storage requirements you may have. Nothing beats the sight of sail masts together in a picturesque marina only a stone-throw’s away from the city’s bustling streets. Annapolis is ideal for new sailors and old hands.
3. Food for Thought
Bars, taverns, diners, cafes and restaurants… you really are spoiled for choice with the fantastic array of delicious establishments in Annapolis. Local favourites tend to centre around bars and grills, with a fusion of barbecued surf and turf sure to satisfy everyone. With the yacht docked close-by, many of these premises are within walking distance meaning you can enjoy a pleasant cocktail at sunset or stroll to the city for breakfast in the morning. Influences from other cuisines such as Jamaican, East Asian and Italian add an extra flare to the already superb menus of Annapolis.
Top Sailing Tips for Annapolis
1. Visit Baltimore
Popular amongst many visiting sailors to Annapolis, sailing to Baltimore, north-west of Annapolis city centre. Here, a thriving district with bustling restaurants, stellar aquarium and museums, and thrilling sporting events. You will have no problem docking your yacht in the Inner Harbour, which is primly located close to the best attractions on offer. Continue your learning of the history of America with Fort McHenry, the place where the iconic Star-Spangled Banner was first written!
2. Chesapeake Bay
It is no wonder that Annapolis is the sailing capital of the USA. Thanks to an abundance of things to see and do when you charter a yacht here, you will never grow bored. Sail close to Chesapeake’s most photographed lighthouse – Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. Discover the history of boating in the area at the Maritime Museum, or if you want to escape the crowds, why not sail towards the North East where dining and unforgettable sunsets can form the perfect end to a day spent on your yacht.
3. Quiet Waters Park
Being in the great outdoors is energizing and refreshing, and there is no better place to embrace the elements than this enormous, picturesque landscape. From the shore, witness the serenity of the countryside brimming with life and colour. Watch out for the artwork dotted around the park, or keep an eye out for groups of turtles swimming in the area. Swap your yacht for a kayak or paddleboard, and then take a hike through the luscious forestry of the village. With numerous paths for walks, runs or cycles, you can easily spend the day in this remarkable destination.
4. Let Loose in Annapolis
After a busy day on your yacht, what better way to let your hair down than in the Arts District of Annapolis? With a variety of events and celebrations occurring throughout the year, experience the ethos of the city through festivals, performances and arts and crafts. A perfect combination of artwork, dance, performance and more, First Sunday Arts Festival occurs on the first Sunday of every month between May and November. This means that no matter when you decide to charter a yacht in Annapolis, you will get the chance to embrace the culture of this great city.
How to get to Annapolis?
Annapolis benefits from an extensive travel network both locally and internationally. Access to the city through two international airports (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport) ensures you can reach your yacht with ease. There is also a third national airport – Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - serving domestic flights within the USA. There are vast bus and train links throughout the city, and even a water taxi service available should you require. Travel time between Baltimore Washington International Airport is roughly 40-minutes.
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