If you are a regular user of yacht charter Marbella services, you already know that you can find a good selection in Marbella. This city of Costa del Sol, in southern Spain, is well known for its boutiques, luxury cars, restaurants and all kinds of luxury services. Especially at Puerto Banus, superyachts can be seen moored by the most expensive commercial streets in Spain, matching the best Madrid or Barcelona have to offer.
Vacations in Marbella are not complete without going sailing on a crewed chartered yacht. If you can afford it, there are simply no excuses.
We help you choose among the wide range of yachts of all sizes and styles. Whether you are familiar with these types of services or want to try them for the first time, we will clear your doubts and offer to answer your questions if you are planning to visit Marbella.
What types of yachts can I charter in Marbella?
Regardless of interior and exterior yacht design trends, there are several types of motorboats depending on the main purpose for which they have been built. You can find yacht charters for any of them, since the only requirement is for the owner to comply with Spanish regulations on charter, and for them to have a professional crew.
The main types of powerboats are:
Mid-size Yacht Charter in Marbella
Most users of yacht charter services visiting Marbella choose this type of motorboat since they are comfortable, and generally sufficient for one-day navigations along the coastline. Within this mid-size we can include motor boats with a length ranging from around 12 to 17 metres, even though it is difficult to group them all within a single category.
The fleet of these mid-size yachts for charter is quite varied, especially in Marbella and in other places around, along the Costa del Sol, like Estepona. Puerto Banus is one of the best known (and most expensive) ports in the Mediterranean as a vacation spot for luxury yacht owners. For this reason, in ports like these there are always people who don’t have their own boat and wish to rent one for several days.
These boats may come in different configurations and designs. If you want to learn more about the differences among the types of yachts of this size, below you can find a list detailing their main characteristics:
Standard mid-sized yachts
It is the basic yacht configuration, without special comforts but with all that is necessary. They usually have a sun deck at the bow for one or two people, a small saloon and seating for about 6 people on the stern. Due to the few extras, they may come at a lower rental price, but as we’ll see when discussing charter prices, this depends on other factors, such as the year when they were built.
You can see many of them in Puerto Banus (Marbella), Estepona and Sotogrande. They are probably the more usual motor yacht type.
Note: these motor boats are different from sport fishing boats (highly specialized vessels for fishing activity) available for charter too.
Sport mid-sized yachts
They are considered to be sport yachts due to their lines, which are more adequate for high speeds.
The sun deck at the bow is usually spacious and their interior, close to the skipper, is comfortable. They provide for a thrilling experience due to the great power of their engines.
Premium mid-sized yachts
Space for the user is greatly seized thanks to the flybridge; in other words, the upper deck located on the roof of the saloon and the main bridge.
This upper deck has all the comforts for sunbathing, listening to music, dining or drinking aboard, and definitely the best view of the ship and the sea around it. Renting a yacht with a flybridge is an excellent choice if you want to thrill the experience.
This type of motor boat may be the most frequent in Puerto Banus besides the superyachts
Mid-sized yacht charter in Marbella for families
These vessels are sought by small families to visit some water sports area and spend a few hours of fun before sailing on or having dinner at some beach restaurant.
Families prefer to rent standard or premium mid-sized yachts.
Mid-sized yacht charter in Marbella for business meetings
They are also quite suitable for quickly organizing a business meeting in a private environment with no distractions. It is for this reason that many companies or businessmen coming to Marbella for meetings request to have a yacht at their disposal. If it is a truly important negotiation, it will be necessary to charter a luxury yacht or a superyacht, but most times a mid-sized yacht will suffice.
Companies usually rent in the Costa del Sol premium or sport mid-sized yachts for their clients or for business meetings, depending on the industry they work with.
Mid-sized yacht charter in Marbella for romantic getaways
Of course, there is nothing more romantic than sailing on a yacht at a place like Marbella, sunbathing on the deck and enjoy the sea while having champagne. Most yacht charters in Marbella involve celebrations, trips as a couple, marriage proposals and other related romantic situations. It is undoubtedly a good idea for a weekend getaway, since it is possible to sleep on board and visit many locations at Costa del Sol or even Morocco.
The mid-sized yacht preferred by couples is the premium type.
Luxury Yacht Charter in Puerto Banus
This is the true category for people who know what they want. Renting a luxury yacht in Marbella is the right way to enjoy your vacations at this spot. Visiting the trending beach locations on a yacht is not enough – it has to be done in style, on the deck of an 18 to 30-metre yacht.
The look of these boats leave no place for doubt – there is a real winner on board.
With all the necessary comforts for users that are accustomed to surrounding themselves with the best wherever they go, and new details constantly added by the manufacturers of these powerful waterborne machines.
On a motorboat of this size, guests have a lot of space on board for them. The bow’s solarium includes hammocks and seats for sunbathing with the best views of the sea, while feeling the speed.
Most of the time can be spent on the upper deck, since it is tailored for enjoying comfort and having food and drink at hand if so desired. The highest viewpoint allows you to have a view of the coastline (and smaller yachts!), there is less noise and the most pleasant breeze for escaping the heat of the sun.
Luxury yacht charter for family gatherings
Private celebrations for special family occasions are celebrated as they should be aboard a luxury yacht. Ready to accommodate for users of all ages, these boats can satisfy the needs of older people who prefer to relax comfortably or even rest on the interior, while letting younger ones enjoy their own space, listen to music or swim.
Luxury yacht charter for corporate presentations
Is there a more convincing way to prove the level of your company to a client than to meet him aboard a luxury yacht? In case of negotiations or uninterrupted meetings, sailing the seas is a great excuse for getting all of your client’s attention.
There is another common reason for renting a boat that offers a dazzling image: advertisements and product presentations aboard a yacht are a recurring thing thanks to the aesthetics they provide and the glamour of the environment.
Yachts exceeding 30 metres that represent a more powerful way of sailing the seas.
The most luxurious, largest vessels in this category are at the highest level of the charter market
If you want to enjoy the experience of sailing on one of these boats, it is necessary to plan for it enough time in advance, since schedules tend to be swamped due to the lower quantity of superyachts.
With sizable crews and extra comforts, vacations aboard one of these boats is like sailing around Marbella in a small private hotel.
Speedboat and Performance boat charter
These motorboats are relatively small-sized when compared to typical yachts. It’s a different concept, because they are designed for short services and few people.
With a speedboat it is easier to move close to the beach, and the feeling is different while sailing; the sea is felt more directly. Performance boats have a particular sporty style tailored for speed, for the user to enjoy the sensations.
In some cases, it is possible to rent speedboats with no skipper, if you are a skipper and are experienced, you can rent one of these boats by paying a safety deposit plus the cost of the charter.
Even when its main attributes are speed and manoeuvrability, some of these motorboats have been designed for enjoying a relaxed navigation. These types of boats may prove interesting for couples, and let you spend the day sailing the coastline and anchoring easily to go for a swim. Some Italian brands such as Riva have boats in this category that are designed for calm waters of internal lakes or the Mediterranean. Puerto Banus, Marbella and the Costa del Sol in general are good spots for using this kind of motor boat most of the time
Charter of these small-sized motorboats is usually limited to 4 or 8-hour services, even though another interesting form of charter is possible for clients staying at villas or apartments during their stay in Marbella: weekly rental, in order to have the speedboat available during all or part of your stay.
This allows for a great freedom when enjoying the sea on the beautiful days and at any moment. When planned in advance, good prices or special service conditions can be obtained.
Tender and RIB Rental
As a complement for spending the day close to the beach or doing water sports, it is possible to rent small auxiliary boats which are particularly fun for young people.
The offer is varied, including inflatable or rigid-hulled boats, jet skis and other similar vehicles. It is worth searching to find the one that best suits your idea.
Types of charter in Marbella
What can you do when chartering a yacht in Marbella? What are the suggestions and charter options? In order to answer these questions, at least in broad terms, we bring you a list of the most common types of charter:
4-hour charter from Puerto Banus
This rental method is useful as an introduction to learn a bit about Marbella’s coastline. Departing from Puerto Banus, you can visit the beaches and stop the engines to take a swim while anchoring the boat.
In our opinion, hiring a yacht four hours in Marbella it is a good way to spend a morning or afternoon, but it isn’t enough for relaxing without keeping an eye on the time.
8-hour charter in a luxury boat
A full day with a yacht and its crew at your service, usually between 10 in the morning and 6 in the afternoon. The best way to enjoy it is without planning; just leaning back on the deck and decide later where you want to go. The skipper will help you make a decision if you need it.
Note: in most cases fuel is included up to 30 miles (4 hours charters) or 60 miles (8 hours charters). Also is usual to have some soft drinks and snacks free on board. If you need a catering service you can order too at the time of booking
Visit some Beach Club in order to have a bite to eat, or visit other charterers nearby if they are sociable.
Spend some area with sea activities for jet skiing, jet boarding or paddle surfing.
Visit Gibraltar on a luxury boat
If you want to spend your time on an interesting visit, you may head towards Gibraltar and go ashore to visit this British Overseas Territory. A privileged place, a few miles from the African continent, in addition to being a place to have an authentic pint.
Private Marbella – Morocco weekend cruise
One of the best-kept secrets among regular visitors of Marbella is the change to finish your vacations with an exotic experience: a private cruise along the coast of Morocco to enjoy the magic and hospitality of the southern shores of the Mediterranean.
Up to 6 people, making your reservations enough time in advance is a must.
It is advisable to arrange all details in regards to meals. For fuel and docking fees at ports other than those of Puerto Banus you will be asked for an additional deposit (APA).
Private Marbella – Ibiza cruise
For true lovers of the most special vacation spots, we recommend the better tour: from the glamour of Marbella and the luxurious boutiques, to the hidden coves of Ibiza, the long summer nights and the most exclusive chill-out.
It is necessary to have a week available in which you can forget about everything, take everything you need and focus on living. Can you think of a better plan?