If you plan to charter a yacht and are lucky enough to be faced with the decision of where to set sail to, this list of fabulous places to visit by sea that should be on everyone’s bucket list might help you find a place to start.
The U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands include St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. All three are rich with culture and history. These are exotic Caribbean islands but they are United States’ territories so you can still enjoy the conveniences of being in the U.S. with the same cell phone charges, laws, and chain restaurants in the main towns of the islands. However, the best reason to be here is of course the amazing tropical beaches, swimming, and snorkeling. St. Thomas is the most well-known of the three islands and is home to the capital city of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, which is the main cruise port and has the main airport. St. Croix is the largest of the three islands with two main towns called Christiansted and Frederiksted that were founded by the Danish and maintain Danish and indigenous cultural and architectural history. The majority of the island of St. John is a national park that you can spend days just exploring nature and enjoying the beach on.
Greece has so much to offer as a place to sail. It has a plethora of exotic tiny islands called the Cyclades, composed of 23 larger and 200 smaller islands, as well as the mainland that boasts the epic city of Athens with the Parthenon, the Plaka market, countless ruins and museums and thousands of years of history in this European gem unlike any other.
The Italian Riviera presents a treasure of a region full of beautiful rustic villages and ports. The main towns here are San Remo, Portovenere and Portofino. All are extremely old villages known for their gardens, colorful houses and delicious restaurants. These islands are great places to explore individually or you can cruise to more than one on your yacht charter and learn about this charming region.
Antigua is another amazing Caribbean destination. Antigua means “ancient” in Spanish so you can imagine the rich history of this island. Antigua brags that it has 365 beaches and is a great place to snorkel and dive. Make sure you investigate the English Harbour which is a one-of-a-kind historic shipyard and is the only Georgian dockyard on Earth. You can also visit Antigua’s “little sister,” Barbuda, and go bird watching and cave exploring.
Croatia is in an area of the world that is not as commonly visited by tourists as the Caribbean but is a hidden gem that has amazing coastal nature preserves that you can see from your boat. You can learn about medieval history and landscape of this unique region. If you want to see shingle beaches go to the island of Dalmatia. Istria is known for its cuisine and if you sailed to Croatia to do some partying you should go to the island of Pag.
There are so many interesting and beautiful places to charter a yacht. Making the choice of which exotic locale to dock in for a visit is a tough decision but a great problem to have. Because so many beautiful islands are accessible by boat you have options all over the world, and the fascinating places to visit by sea listed above are a great starting point.
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