1. The British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands boasts of having more yachts there than anywhere else in the world, reminding everyone that this destination is the perfect place to charter a yacht. With luxury beachfront resorts, pristine white sands, elegant boutiques and exceptional restaurants, the British Virgin Islands has it all as a true boating fantasy land with over 40 islands and hundreds of anchorages all in sight. The ideal blend of deep water easy island hops is perfect for the whole family. Combine all of this with crystal clear turquoise waters averaging 26 ° C year-round temperature, perfect beaches, stunning rock formations, an abundance of shoreline activities, and a great selection of dining options, and you can see why so many to people love sailing here.
2. The Seychelles
The stunning Seychelles archipelago of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, boasts some of the brightest species of flora and fauna in the world, just 4 degrees south of the equator. The outer islands are low in height, mostly coral atolls, and navigation is mainly within the inner islands, all together, making it easy to jump from island to island. The Seychelles can best be described as a paradise on earth with towering granite rocks, swaying palm trees, and turquoise inlets that are framed by sparkling white sand beaches. Mahé is the largest island and as it is surrounded by other islands, its beaches are relatively quiet and safe. Mahe is a mountainous island with peaks approaching 1000 meters and tropical forests with hiking trails. The beautiful tropical scenery, white sand beaches and sparkling aquamarine waters make Seychelles a perfect boat vacation destination.
3. The Greek islands
Sailing is truly the best way to experience these stunning islands, setting your own itinerary from island to island, finding secluded spots, or dining on Greek cuisine. Greece has 6,000 islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 are inhabited. The Greek islands are home to some of the best sunsets in the world and with over 300 days of sunshine a year, making it one of the best places in the world to charter a yacht. Each of these islands has its own unique character that makes each visit to a port unique. Continuous sunshine, traditional whitewashed villages, ancient archeology, stunning natural landscapes and rich culture attract sailors from all over the world.
Called the ‘new Greece’, the ‘new Riviera’ and the ‘new Tuscany’, Croatia has become an increasingly must-see destination for all types of travelers, but there really is no better way to experience it than by cruising the Adriatic. where the sun almost always shines. Croatia has remodeled its infrastructure over the past decade to make it a popular destination for anyone looking for incredible cruises, historic settings, and remote beaches. Croatia is one of the hidden gems of the Mediterranean, with 1,185 islands and 1,778 km of coastline, it is a true paradise for sailors. The Dalmatian Islands are wild, rugged and mostly uninhabited and offer some of the best sailing options in the area. The rolling coastline is dotted with unspoiled beaches, lush green slopes, and ancient towns steeped in history.
5. French Polynesia
Roughly halfway between Australia and California, the 118 islands of French Polynesia are scattered across an expanse of the Pacific Ocean that stretches for more than 2,000 square kilometers. French Polynesia is made up of five main island groups, including Tahiti, a landscape of jagged volcanic peaks dotted with lush vegetation and spectacular waterfalls. The islands offer an attractive mix of beautiful lagoons, traditional culture and exotic marine life, with much to explore both on land and at sea. The wide lagoons around Raiatea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora offer a great deal of sheltered sailing in flat waters, and off the reefs, the long waves of the Pacific will give you an idea of ocean sailing at its finest.
6. The French Riviera, France
It would be difficult to find a more romantic place to sail than the French Riviera. The Mediterranean coastline in the southeastern corner of France offers more contrasts than probably anywhere else in the world and the glitz and glamor of the French Riviera cannot be denied. Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (after the Vatican) at 1.95 square kilometers. The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is the world’s most legendary place to charter a yacht filled with stunning beaches and stunning scenery. Some of the biggest, newest and most impressive superyachts from around the world gather here, with cruise itineraries that may include St. Tropez, Cannes, Nice, and Antibes. This is the heart of global superyacht culture, with vibrant nightlife and exceptional cuisine and special events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix. The French Riviera manages to combine historic architecture, virgin islands, small marinas, rugged landscapes and white sand beaches with the great cosmopolitan resorts of Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo.
7. The Amalfi Coast, Italy
From Naples to Positano and the historic island of Capri, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a historic region filled with picturesque ports and historic sites. This is a more remote section of Italy, away from the tourists of Rome and the crowded marinas along the Riviera, a place where charter guests can sail in comfort and plenty of privacy. This region also offers fantastic southern Italian cuisine, with Michelin-rated restaurants within walking distance of some beautiful anchorages. Dine on board or ashore, for both lunch and dinner, and you won’t be disappointed. While the French may have their Riviera, it is nothing compared to the endless beauty of the coast of Italy. Often overlooked due to its proximity to places like Monaco, Italy’s coastline is no less beautiful and arguably less marred by the progress of construction developments. But for the best sailing trip in Italy, I recommend starting on the Amalfi Coast and reaching Naples and then the islands of Procida and Capri. The glistening seas here and the beautiful Italian coastline are the perfect sight to complement a highly cultural region. You’ll see ancient ruins, clean sandy beaches, quaint towns, and some of the best seafood you can probably eat.
8. Menorca, Spain
Although it may be the smallest and least known of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is dotted with more spectacular beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined. Menorca’s undulating landscape offers charming villages with traditional and colorful houses and cobbled streets, beaches with secluded coves and an ideal climate for sailing, making it a true boating paradise. Recent changes to Spain’s tax laws mean that the charter scene has changed, as new superyacht owners can now offer their yachts for charter without having to pay taxes that used to make the practice prohibitive.
9. South coast of Turkey
The southwestern coast of Turkey has long been a popular destination for yacht charters, with itineraries ranging from Bodrum to Fethiye. Sailing in Turkey is among the best in the world due to the constant winds, crystal clear waters, and the abundance of beautiful beaches, secluded anchorages, coves, inlets, and marinas. Throughout its history, Turkey has been a crossroads of religions, where East meets West with a mix of cultures and cuisines. Turkey has more than 8,300 kilometers of mountainous coastline with small fishing villages and historical sites. The charter yacht chosen here is the Goleta, a local style of motorsailer. The quality of the gulets has improved enormously and many are as luxurious as motor yachts. They use sailing and wind power and offer the best of both worlds and it is one of the most enjoyable charter vacations that you can enjoy with family and friends.
Montenegro has in recent years become the new hotspot for superyachts in the Mediterranean due to large investments, from elegant beachfront restaurants to luxury accommodation to attract yacht enthusiasts. Non-EU tax benefits (0% VAT) and rapidly growing infrastructure have made Porto Montenegro an advantageous yacht charter base for exploring the thousands of islands from Greece to Croatia. The serene and deep blue waters of Kotor and Tivat Bay provide the perfect setting for a great vacation. The mountains include some of the most rugged terrain in Europe with a 295 km long picturesque coastline, with 72 km of beaches and many ancient cities. Swim in clean and protected waters with magnificent bottoms or simply enjoy the incredible sensation of gliding through the water under sail.
11. San Martin
St. Martin has to be one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world and it’s no wonder this island is overflowing with beauty. The island is ruled by both the French and the Netherlands and you can really experience two cultures in one place when you visit. When you charter a yacht here, there are many other islands to explore, including St Barths, Anguilla, and Saba. Expect beautiful, deserted beaches filled with silky white sand, exceptional waterfront restaurants, and exceptional shopping. Explore the waters and discover why Saba is a paradise for snorkelers and snorkelers. The enchanting tropical scenery combined with plenty of nightlife, world-famous beaches, and other islands to explore make this the number one escape in the Caribbean.
12. The Grenadines
White sand beaches and tropical waters make this area a paradise for boating lovers. The “Spice Islands”, as the Grenadines are sometimes known, are a chain of 32 picturesque islands spread over 60 miles of the southern Caribbean in the West Indies, offering a perfect combination of spectacular scenery, culture, abundant marine life and friendly people. and virgin white sand beaches. Known as some of the best sailing waters in the world, you will find ideal sailing conditions and the lack of crowds makes it one of the best places for a vacation on the water.