Back in port, the vibrant, hectic and wonderful city of New York is there for you to explore. Fly above the city in a helicopter, or sit down for a $1000 caviar and lobster pizza at Nino’s. Luxuriate in the palatial spa at the truly splendid Waldorf Hotel, or watch a New York Mets game from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium. There are few better ways to spend a summer’s day than with a walk through Central Park, or along the absolutely gobsmacking High Line, a section of disused railway line that has been converted into a public space of art and trees 30 feet above the city. Eat in one of the world’s top restaurants at Eleven Madison Park, or relax on your yacht’s sundeck with an elegant meal, watching the lights of one of the world’s most iconic skylines.
It’s not all bright lights, big city in New York State.The Hamptons on Long Island are a summer yachting playground, known for gentle green landscapes, pretty bays and exclusive vacation homes. This is where New York society comes to summer, and the shores are full of yachts, sophisticated parties and glittering art exhibitions. Expect to see some very familiar faces; celebrities, tycoons and presidents have been coming here for hundreds of years.
The particularly wonderful thing about chartering a yacht is that if you don’t feel like mingling you can just pull up anchor and float away, to set up a luxury beach bonfire and dine by lantern light, or walk along the rolling dunes in the sunshine, beach grass blowing gently in the wind. Visit one of the iconic lighthouses of Long Island as the sea falls into the Atlantic or find a colourful fishing shack and tuck into a bowl of clam chowder with crunchy crackers. High society or quiet nature, the beautiful Hamptons have it all.
New York State is an absolutely wonderful addition to your yachting bucket list, full of city lights and local charm.