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Thinking of chartering a yacht soon? The first step is to decide where you want to go. Need some ideas? Discover our 7 favorite yachting destinations now.

There are plenty of choices around the world to visit that have something to offer for everyone. You can take a culinary tour of different local cuisines, visit historically significant locations, see beautiful island landscapes, sunbathe on white sand beaches, or snorkel and scuba dive in pristine blue waters.

One of the best parts of planning a vacation is deciding where you want to go and what you want to do. And, on

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e of the best ways to spend your vacation is by chartering a yacht. Keep reading for some great ideas on where to plan your next sailing vacation.

Planning on Chartering a Yacht?

There are many great places to see from the deck of a yacht. Picking the right location depends on the type of trip you are wanting to take. Whether its a family vacation or romantic getaway with just you and your spouse, there are perfect places to fit your expectations.

You can plan a trip anywhere from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, to the South Pacific.

Discover our 7 favorite yachting destinations now.

  1. Sicily, Italy

This part of the Mediterranean is famous for its beaches, small fishing villages, and secluded anchoring areas where you can relax and take a dip in the beautiful water.

You will also want to visit the port of Palermo where you can take a break from the boat and visit the historical city. Here you will be able to see the impressive architecture of the ancient Romans, visit a museum or art gallery, or see a show at one of the opera houses.

Afterward, take your time strolling through the historical city squares and get a bite to eat at one of the delicious local restaurants.

Next head north to visit the Aeolian Islands, about 35 miles north of Sicily. These islands are a chain of land formed by a volcano many years ago and provide crystal clear waters and gorgeous landscapes. There are also two active volcanoes in this area, Stromboli and Vulcano, and guests to this area can visit a hot spring or volcanic mud bath during the day and watch Stromboli spit out lava at night.

  1. Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are a popular location for chartering a yacht. They even claim that they have more yachts to hire than anywhere else in the world, and with that in mind then this must be one of the best yachting destinations for your vacation.

The island waters are crystal clear and provide excellent conditions for snorkeling or scuba diving. The landscape is gorgeous and offers wonderful white sand beaches for you and your family to spend the day at.

While onshore, be sure to visit one of the many local restaurants and enjoy the fresh seafood options and Caribbean cuisine.

  1. The French Rivera

The French Rivera is a beautiful stretch of the Mediterranean that has plenty of great beaches and gorgeous scenery to explore. The coastline is a great mixture of natural rugged landscapes and the more developed resort areas of Nice, Monte Carlo, and Cannes.

If you are looking to emerge yourself into the French nightlife scene, head ashore in any one of these resort towns. If crowds aren’t your thing, sail further down and visit one of the more peaceful towns of Port Cros or Porquerolles. Here you can take it easy and spend a relaxing day on the beach.

This area is also full of historical locations and architecture for you to see while you are not enjoying the water.

  1. Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Located along the northeastern coast of Australia are the Whitsunday Islands. These islands are located in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef making it the perfect place to yacht hire if you are interested in trying various water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.

Out of the many Whitsunday Islands, only eight of them are inhabited. There are plenty of smaller islands that have no population and have nice beaches to visit.

Bauer Bay is a great place to set anchor and travel to the top of the island for a great view. Blue Pearl Bay is known for its top-notch snorkeling and opportunities to sight whales.

Be sure to spend some time at Whitehaven Beach, with its pure white sand, great views, and beautiful sunsets. It has been rated as one of the best beaches in the world and you will quickly see why once you have spent the day there.

  1. Croatia

Croatia is another beautiful location to visit in the Mediterranean. There are many beautiful landscapes of islands to sail amongst, including the wild and mainly unoccupied Dalmatian Islands.

This area is also rich in history so you will want to anchor and visit some of the many ancient villages and learn about the local history. West and South Istria are also known for their delicious cuisine and interesting culture.

The weather is best for swimming during the months of April and May. If you come early enough in the season you may find a cove that is secluded from the crowds and enjoy your own private beach.

  1. Seychelles Islands

The east coast of Africa is home to the Seychelles Islands. Just south of the Equator, the climate is favorable year-round for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving where you can see coral atolls and interesting fish in the turquoise waters.

The largest island, Mahe, is the most developed and is worth exploring one of the many hiking trails that span over the mountain range. These islands are a perfect yacht destination with 44 miles of coastline and pristine beaches.

  1. Fiji

Fiji is one of the most popular destinations in the Southwest Pacific for vacationers so it’s no surprise that it is also a top location to charter a yacht.

The islands are plentiful with sea life, coral reefs, clear blue waters, and peaceful lagoons. You will want to drop anchor and explore the tropical rainforests, visit a coconut plantation, or read a book in a hammock along the beach.

The people are very friendly and welcoming and will make it so you never want to leave the laid-back island life. It’s no wonder that this is such a popular place to visit when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of your life.

What Are You Waiting For?

With so many beautiful locations for chartering a yacht calling for you, what are you waiting for? Grab your bathing suit and sunglasses and hit the deck!

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