Nick Cardoza Shares His Haute Secrets To Miami

Nick Cardoza

With a history of love for the ocean, Nick Cardoza never imagined to transform the yacht industry in South Florida. Cardoza was born in Naples, FL, but was raised near the water on the south coast of Massachusetts. After graduating from culinary school, he began his career as a chef in many parts of the world including Florence and Sardinia. While working in St. Barts, the young cook had a realization about his career and decided to return to his roots; the water. He became a chef for luxury yachts, and later transcended to earning a captain’s license. And since, he has sailed the Atlantic Ocean twice. After being mesmerized by a VanDutch in Miami, Cardoza’s persistence led him to meet the founders of luxurious yacht company, and was offered a position as a sales representative and later a captain. Within his first years in the business, the “yacht guy” realized that there was an inefficiency in the day charter market and decided to create a mobile app where users could book yachts to avoid closing of bookings due to miscommunication. The entrepreneur decided to name the project YachtLife, also known as the most popular hashtag you will see tagged by users while enjoying themselves on a boat. The side project has escalated into a real business and now serves different cities and countries. Here, the entrepreneur shares his haute secrets to the Magic City:

Where were you born: Naples, Florida

How long in Miami: 5 years going on 6

Neighborhood: South Beach and Downtown/Brickell

Occupation: Co-founder at YACHTLIFE® / Luxury Yacht Sales at VanDutch yachts.

Favorite Restaurant: Milos

Best Sushi: Blue Ribbon Sushi

Best Italian: Casa Tua, outside in the garden

Best dessert: Tres Leches, anywhere.

Best place for a romantic date: The Standard Lido restaurant, then spa, then hop on a boat for
nighttime cruise Downtown Miami / Brickell to see the lights.

Best Sunday brunch: Kiki’s on The River

Best place for a power business meeting: ZUMA

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend: The Plymouth Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Champion Porsche. I love Porsches and Champion takes care of

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Starvin Marvin, Aventura. They always have fresh product
and it’s a great place to build a relationship with.

Best Spa: The Standard Hotel Spa

Favorite Charity Event: Little Lighthouse Foundation – Hearts and Stars Gala

Favorite Cultural Event: As a previous chef, I really get excited for Miami Spice every year.

Favorite Cultural Institution: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Best Steakhouse: Nusr-Et Steakhouse

Best Pizza: Lucali

Best Lunch: River Oyster Bar’s prix fix menu

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Ferrino Sports Fitness Club

Best Massage: The Sooth APP, a masseuse arrives at your home in just 45 minutes.

Best Limousine/Driving Service: UBER Lux. It’s like having your own personal chauffeur.

Best Museum/Exhibit: Frost Science Museum / Laser Fridays – Daft Punk

Describe your city in three words: The American Monaco.

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Stiltsville. It’s rumored that’s where historical
figures such as Capone and Kennedy’s smuggled booze during prohibition. It’s what Miami was built
on. It’s in the DNA here.

All-around favorite spot in Miami: Cruising around on a VanDutch between the Venetian Islands,
McArthur, Downtown and up the river and visiting any of the waterfront restaurants Miami has to

Best Aspect of Miami: The mixture of culture, climate, and access to whatever you want makes this
young city the perfect place to live the American dream.