It’s no secret that cruises are a popular way for people to travel. But, what if you want a more intimate and luxurious experience? Consider chartering a private yacht or sailboat. Large companies like Moorings offer affordable crewed and bareboat charters all over the world, while other specialty yacht companies focus on specific geographic regions.
Here’s a look at some of the more popular charter destinations around the globe.
Located on the Adriatic, Croatia is an ideal destination for vacationers looking for a private charter. There are over 1,000 islands, and places like the Dalmatian Islands offer gorgeous scenery and many uninhabited islands you can stop in. There is plenty of interesting history, delicious cuisine, and beautifully crafted wines. If you plan to go swimming, summer months are best as the waters can be chilly. April or May might be warm enough to swim, but it’s not guaranteed.
The British Virgin Islands (BVIs) are considered by some to be the best sailing waters in the world, and that sentiment is echoed by the sheer number of catamarans available for charter in the region. Unfortunately, hurricane Irma did a serious number on the region, with an estimated 80-90% of the entire charter fleet damaged or destroyed. While the BVI’s aren’t fully recovered, there are charters operational again, and this would be an ideal time to put funds back into the local tourism economy as they continue to rebuild.
Depending on your preference, you can charter on the Pacific or Atlantic side, offering two distinctly different experiences. On the Caribbean side, you’ll find the pristine San Blas Islands, which is comprised of nearly 400 islands and cays, with only a handful of them inhabited. On the Pacific Ocean side, you’ll find Coiba Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find tons of wildlife and marine life, helping it earn the nickname, “The Galapagos of Panama.”
Who doesn’t daydream when you see pictures of the Greek Islands, and with over 3,000 islands to choose from, it’s no surprise that people love sailing and boating around Greece. Choose popular islands like Mykonos, Santorini, or Crete, or opt to consider lesser known areas that might have fewer tourists and provide more exclusive experiences.
The iconic huge granite rocks that dot the islands of the Seychelles are absolutely stunning, so why not view them from the water rather than on the beach? There are over 100 islands, with a number of them belonging to the oldest granite islands on earth. There are also 70+ low-lying reef islands you can explore, making this one of the most beautiful charter destinations in the world.
Most of the best charter destinations around the world are subject to seasonal weather changes, especially hurricane and typhoon seasons. It’s crucial to consider travel insurance for your charter vacation, especially if you plan to travel in the off season, which is typically during the local hurricane season. Your RoamRight Travel Insurance policy can help bring peace of mind for your upcoming holiday.
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Erin is a travel and food writer who currently splits her time between the Netherlands and Belize. She's traveled to 60+ countries on 5 continents with a passion for culinary travel, luxury hotels, and all things Disney. Her writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Gadling, BootsnAll, CNN, Art of Backpacking, TravBuddy, CBS, and more. She was the major author of Belize's official visitor magazine, Destination Belize 2013; wrote the official AFAR Guide to Belize; and is also AFAR Magazine's local Belize expert.. In addition to writing for other publications, Erin maintains several blogs, Our Tasty Travels, No Checked Bags, Pooh's Travels, and the brand new Caye To Belize. Follow Erin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google Plus.
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