10 Tips for a Fun Yacht Charter Vacation With Kids

10 Tips for a Fun Yacht Charter Vacation With Kids

Ultimate Guide to a Kid-Friendly Yacht Charter Vacation: Tips and Destinations

A yacht charter vacation is a fantastic way to relax and bond with your family. But if you plan to travel with kids, you'll need to do a bit of extra planning to ensure their safety and enjoyment. Using these expert tips for going on a yacht charter vacation with kids, you can plan a trip that progresses smoothly and is fun for all. Explore the best kid-friendly destinations, involve your children in the planning phase, pack wisely, and follow essential safety guidelines. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the open seas!

Choosing Kid-Friendly Yacht Charter Destinations

When it comes to yacht charter destinations, your options are practically endless! If you're not sure where to go, here are a few popular kid-friendly places we recommend.

The US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands is one of the most kid-friendly yacht charter locations around. Go on a Mermaid Swim wearing sparkly tails, meet seals and other sea life at a marine park, go zip-lining through St. Thomas, and much more!


This boot-shaped Mediterranean country has food, wine, and beautiful scenery that parents will love. But it's also home to numerous museums, theme parks, and beaches where kids can play the day away.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean features numerous islands, some better suited for adults, others better suited for kids. We recommend islands like Jamaica, which has a family-centered culture and lots of personality, and the Cayman Islands, famous for its beaches and turtle farms where kids can interact with the friendly green sea creatures.


Like Italy, Greece is known for its good food and breathtaking views. But what will interest kids the most is its intricate history! Greek folklore is full of gods and goddesses and action-packed tales. You can take your little ones to visit the temple of the great lightning God Zeus or the Panathenaic Stadium, where the Olympics were once held after being founded by the ancient hero (and popular Disney character) Hercules.

Involving Kids in the Planning Phase

  • Empowering your children's input in destination selection and daily activities.
  • Building excitement and anticipation by including them in the decision-making process.

Pack Plenty

  • Overpacking: The smart move when traveling with messy and accident-prone children.
  • Tips for packing extra clothes, pacifiers, and essential items to avoid any mishaps.

Follow the Safety Rules on a Yacht Charter

Ensure the safety of your children by following the rules set by the yacht crew. Explain the importance of these rules to your kids, emphasizing the potential consequences of not adhering to them.

Here are a few common rules you may hear:

  • Wear a life vest on deck.
  • Never run on the boat.
  • Head inside during bad weather.
  • Never go swimming alone.
  • No kids on the foredeck alone.

Before you board, sit down with your child and tell them about the rules in a simple and easy-to-grasp way. Make sure to explain why they need to follow the rules rather than plainly telling them, "Don't do this." For example, you can say something like, "Please don't run on the boat, or you could fall and get hurt!” When kids understand the result of an action, they're less likely to do it.

Wear Sunscreen and Lifejackets

Traveling on the water is tons of fun, but the sun and sea can pose a risk to your child without the proper precautions! Protect your child from the sun's rays by applying sunscreen regularly, even on cloudy days.

Look for a Yacht With Kid-Friendly Safety Features

Some yachts are more child-friendly than others. Choose a yacht that offers kid-friendly safety features such as netting, gates, and smaller beds to prevent accidents and provide a secure environment for your children.

Plan Ahead for Childcare

While you cherish spending time with your kids, planning for occasional alone time is essential. Arrange childcare in advance by involving family members or hiring a nanny, allowing you to enjoy some adult activities during the trip. While some crew members may be happy to watch your kids for you, they aren't being paid to babysit—and shouldn't be expected to. 

Play on the Yacht

There are plenty of ways to have fun on a yacht. Maximize the fun on the yacht by engaging in games, bringing toys from home, or having a dance-off or karaoke session. Some yachts have TV, allowing you to host a family movie night.

Splash in the Water

Take advantage of the surrounding water by indulging in swimming, snorkeling, and water skiing. Many yachts provide basic gear, and additional equipment can be rented for a small fee.Many yachts will provide basic gear, but you can also rent items like skis and boards for a small fee.

Explore the Shore

Venture beyond the yacht and explore coastal towns, museums, local cuisine, and famous landmarks for an enriching experience.

Start planning your next family vacation with Seize the Day Charters. Discover private yacht charters in popular family-friendly locations such as France, Greece, Italy, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and more. Trust our brokers to help you find the perfect charter that suits your needs, ensuring a memorable and enjoyable yacht charter vacation with your kids. Contact us today to get started!