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  • [Top 8] Pacific Coast Boating Destinations

    By: | Date: February 27, 2023

    Have you ever wondered why there’s been an ongoing dilemma as to whether the East or West Coast is better? Well, whether you full heartedly believe in “West Coast, Best Coast” or are simply planning a boating getaway to somewhere new, then this article is for you. Surely, it’s no coincidence that so many beautiful cities and destinations are located on the Pacific Coast. From the rugged, yet mystic allure of Washington and Oregon, to the warm ambiance of California, to the tropical atmosphere down in Mexico and Costa Rica – the Pacific Coast supports a wide array of different climates and views, as well as five Galati Yacht Brokerages*. Read on to learn more about the top 8 Pacific Coast Boating Destinations and where to find us if you’re around!


    Where is the best boating on the Pacific Coast?

    5. Cataline Island
    6. Coronado Island
    7. Cabo
    8. Los Suenos

    1. Kodiak Island
    2. Seattle
    3. Tillamook
    4. Morro Bay


    Kodiak Island, Alaska — Pacific Coast Boating Destination


    Kicking off the Pacific Coast Boating Destinations list is none other than the Last Frontier. Kodiak Island is the 2nd largest island in the United States, rich with extreme wilderness and beauty. It is also home to the Kodiak bear, which is a subspecies of brown bears that grow to be larger than grizzly bears. If this isn’t a desirable aspect, there’s other wildlife, such as red foxes, black-tailed deer, elk, and over 200 species of birds (including bald eagles). Kodiak also offers excellent fishing for all five species of Pacific salmon, halibut, rockfish, lingcod, steelhead, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden. Whether you’re an avid fly fisherman looking to wet your line in a remote river, or a wannabe salty dog in search of a trophy halibut, the rich ocean waters, and rivers of Kodiak Island are the perfect place for a fishing trip.

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    Seattle, Washington * — Top US West Coast Boating Destination


    From the lush green interior, spectacular mountains, and beautiful coastline – it’s no question as to why the Pacific Northwest is renowned for its rugged-mystical beauty. Seattle is located on an inlet called Puget Sound, which consists of a complex system of waterways that were formed by receding glaciers about 14,000 years ago. These waterways not only allow for a beautiful view of the scenery, but they’re also teeming with life, such as orcas, dolphins, seals, fish, birds, and many other smaller life forms. Puget Sound is also home to a cluster of islands, called the San Juan Islands, which are just outside of Anacortes. The three largest and most popular of these islands include Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and San Juan Island. Each respective island has its own events, experiences, sights, and dining. Lastly, located right in the middle of Seattle’s waterfront district is where you’ll find Bell Harbor Marina. There are many waterfront activities within easy walking distance including the new Ferris wheel, restaurants, the Pike Street Market area, and Pioneer Square.

    *Our Anacortes, Washington Yacht Brokerage is located near Fidalgo Bay and is an official dealer for new Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks center consoles. We also represent quality co-brokerage, pre-owned yachts from leading manufacturers.

    seattle, washington

    Tillamook, Oregon — Best Boating Destination on the Pacific Coast


    Three Arches Rocks is a geographical landmark off the northern coast of Tillamook and was the first U.S. National Wildlife Refuge located east of the Mississippi. The rocks provide habitat for Oregon’s largest breeding colony of tufted puffins. The refuge also supports one of the largest breeding colonies of common murre south of Alaska and is the only pupping site on the north Oregon coast for the Steller sea lion. To prevent disturbance to extremely sensitive seabirds and marine mammals, Three Arch Rocks is closed to public entry year-round, and waters within 500 feet of the refuge are closed to all watercraft from May 1 through September 15. The views and wildlife can be enjoyed from either a regulated distance aboard your vessel or from the Cape Meares Wildlife Refuge, which is known for its lighthouse and stunning ocean views.

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    Morro Bay, California — Top Boating Destination on the Pacific Coast


    Morro Bay is a seaside city with a quaint fishing village feel located on the central coast of California. It is best known for and home to Morro Rock, a 576-foot-tall volcanic mound at the end of Morro Rock Beach. If you find yourself in Morro Bay, you’ll probably get the chance to see a plethora of creatures, such as dolphins, otters, sea lions, harbor seals, and even whales, as well as a wide array of various bird species. In fact, avid bird watchers have named Morro Bay one of the country’s best places for bird watchers. Morro Bay is also known for its fishing, inhabiting species such as tuna, salmon, and halibut.

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    Catalina Island, California * — Top Pacific Coast Boating Destination


    Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is a destination for over one million people each year. From scenic coastline vistas with crystal blue water, and high adventure activities like bison expeditions and ziplining, to much-needed rest and relaxation under a cabana or from the comfort of your own boat, Catalina Island has it all. Take the trip for a day, or stay overnight. Two Harbors, colloquially known as “The Isthmus”, is a small unincorporated community island village in the North, while the incorporated city and resort-style community of Avalon is in the South. Two Harbors offers mooring reservations across 10 locations around Catalina, making finding a safe place to anchor your boat a breeze! Lover’s Cove, to the east of Avalon, and Descanso Beach, to the west of the Casino, are popular places to dive. At Casino Point is the Avalon Underwater Dive Park, the first non-profit underwater park in the United States.

    * The Galati team at our Long Beach location, located on Alamitos Bay, can make your yacht buying experience exceptional. Our Long Beach, California yacht brokerage specializes in new Viking sportfish yachts and Valhalla center consoles, along with pre-owned and brokerage yacht sales.

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    Coronado Island, California * — West Coast Boating Locations


    Positioned just across the bay from downtown San Diego, Coronado is consistently voted the best beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach. With gentle surf, sparkling wide-sand beaches, charming main street, and great hotels, including the famous Hotel del Coronado, this island paradise is perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway. There are five white sand beaches located on the island, including Coronado Central Beach, Coronado Dog Beach, Glorietta Bay Beach, Silver Strand State Beach, and the Ferry Landing Marketplace. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort has a full-service marina, as well as three tennis courts, bike rentals, and a myriad of watersport activities.

    * Galati Yacht’s San Diego office is located at Kona Kai Marina Resort, the preferred spot when it comes to buying yachts yacht and yacht brokerage services. Our San Diego location and brokerage specializes in new and used yacht sales, including New Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks center consoles.

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    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico * — Top-Rated Boating on the Pacific


    Cabo San Lucas, commonly referred to as just Cabo, is a tropical resort city at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, in Mexico where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. Cabo has been a favorite spot for sportfishing for a long time, with three different sportfishing tournaments taking place in October. Some even refer to it as “The Marlin Capital of the World”. In fact, the famed author, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Baja California during his lifetime to witness the thrilling experience of sportfishing. Sought-after fish species found in these waters include striped marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado (Mahi-mahi), wahoo, roosterfish, cubera, snapper, and jack crevalle. Aside from a fisherman’s paradise, Cabo also has beautiful beaches, restaurants, shopping, and resorts; as well as a plethora of water-based activities like whale watching, snorkeling, and surfing. One popular attraction that can only be seen by boat is El Arco, or Arco de San Lucas, a prominent arc-shaped rock formation on the southernmost point of Cabo.

    * Our Cabo location is official dealers of new Viking Yachts, new Valhalla Boatworks Center Consoles, along with used yacht sales through our worldwide brokerage program. The Cabo office is conveniently situated on the corner of the Cabo marina and offers yachting services for buyers and sellers.

    cabo san lucas, mexico

    Los Sueños, Costa Rica * — Best Boating Locations on the Pacific


    Overlooking Herradura Bay, Los Sueños is an oceanside neighborhood known for its 5-star resort and marina. It’s also a renowned destination for sport fishermen around the world, known for hosting the highly competitive Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Billfish Series. The Pacific water surrounding Los Sueños is extremely dense with highly prized billfish species, as well as other pelagic, reef, and inshore fish. For avid anglers, the attraction of the Los Sueños Resort is its 200-slip marina, which is home to some of the finest fishing boats and captains in Central America. The fleet ranges from 26′ center consoles to 60+′ luxury yachts, many of which are tournament-winning boats and feature tenured and tested crews. If you’re looking to fish but not offshore, there are highly skilled captains at Los Sueños who specialize in inshore fishing for mackerel, snapper, jacks, sea bass, and roosterfish, as well as bottom fishing for grouper, snapper, and amberjack at the various offshore reefs.

    * Our Costa Rica yacht brokerage is located within the beautiful Los Sueños Resort and Marina. Our Costa Rica yacht brokers can assist with new Viking and Valhalla Boatworks yacht sales, along with worldwide brokerage pre-owned yacht sales. Whether buying or selling, our Costa Rica yacht brokers are skilled, dependable, and committed to providing customers with an exceptional experience.

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    About Galati Yacht Sales


    Galati Yacht Sales offers 15 yacht brokerages worldwide, with five premier locations on the Pacific Coast. In 2021, we brought our customer-centric yachting services to San Diego, California, Long Beach California, and Anacortes, Washington. We also have international yacht dealerships in Cabo, Mexico, and Los Suenos, Costa Rica. Our knowledgeable and skilled sales and customer support teams are unparalleled in the yachting industry and have catapulted us to become a leading dealership. We offer quality, new and pre-owned boats for sale, premier yacht sales services, and have been family-owned and operated since 1970. We proudly hold the title of one of only six firms inducted into the Boating Industry’s Top 100 Hall of Fame. Whether lising your yacht for sale or looking to get out on the water on a newly purchased boat, the Galati Team can help.

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