Amit Raizada’s Top Three Reasons to Charter a Yacht in Southern California


With more than 300 days a year of bright sunny skies and easy access to the Pacific Ocean, there’s little doubt that Southern California is the ideal location to charter a yacht. Yachts can be chartered from many of the region’s harbors, including Long Beach, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Newport.

The question, however, is what to do once you’ve made the decision to rent a vessel. We spoke to Amit Raizada, manager of Veloce Yacht, about some of the best ways to spend an evening or a weekend on the Pacific in Southern California.


Sail to Catalina :
Just thirty miles off the coast of Newport Beach, Santa Catalina Island is a Mediterranean oasis in our own back yard, famous for its towering Casino in Avalon and its world-class SCUBA diving. What better way to spend a weekend aboard a yacht than to make the voyage from Orange County to the island?

While many companies offer shuttle service to Santa Catalina out of Long Beach or Newport, chartering a yacht for the journey has some distinct advantages.

“A charter yacht can make the voyage in around a third of the time it takes a commercial vessel,” said Amit Raizada, manager of Veloce Yacht, a luxury yacht-for-charter based in Newport Harbor. “A lot of customers tell us they like the flexibility a yacht offers, too. Travel companies just take you to the harbor in Avalon and then straight back. With a yacht, you can circumnavigate the island at your own pace and explore all the treasures its rugged coastline has to offer.”

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Harbor Cruise :
Do you prefer an evening of elegant relaxation to adventures on the high seas? Then chartering a yacht for a harbor tour might be the perfect idea for you!

Whether in Newport, Ventura, or Santa Barbara, harbor tours make beautiful venues for proms, graduations, weddings, corporate events, or any other special occasion. Enjoy some fine wine, fantastic dining, and an evening of dancing as the captain takes you gently around the harbor, filled with gentle seas, twinkling lights, and sailboats that look as if they’re from a painting.

“Harbor tours are always popular options,” said Raizada. Veloce Yacht is frequently used for events in the Newport Harbor.

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“People love to be able to put their feet up and enjoy some luxury service without the ocean swells. Plus, the harbor is a beautiful nighttime venue for all sorts of events,” he said.


Deep-Sea Fishing :
To catch the impressive game fish – like tuna and swordfish – you can’t just go to the local pier.

“As nimble vessels with powerful engines, yachts are easily able to take passengers out to the prime fishing grounds. And with a charter yacht, you don’t have to deal with the hassle of overcrowded, commercial deep-sea fishing boats,” said Raizada.

It could be from the deck of a stunning white yacht that you catch the big one that will garner social media admiration from your friends, and personal satisfaction beyond compare.

These are some popular activities for those who charter yachts in Southern California. The most exciting thing about chartering a yacht, though, is that its up to you! Aboard a beautiful, well-equipped vessel, the seas are at your command.