So you’ve decided on a yacht charter for your next vacation: the promise of a private holiday, safety for your entire family and friends and completely unmatched service. Now the question remains, where should you go? Are certain locales better than others to experience your first luxury yacht vacation? Check out our tips and list of the five best charter destinations for your first time!
There are a few things you might need to look for to choose your first yacht charter destination:
– Lots of destinations within a short cruise of each other
– Sheltered anchorages and marinas with good facilities
– Calm waters, low winds
– A range of different activities, onboard and ashore
– Spectacular scenery
– Towns with good shopping, restaurants and nightlife
– Good Wi-Fi coverage (this varies between yachts and between regions).
So, where to start? We’ve put together a list of what we think are the best cruising grounds for first-time charterers in each region. They don’t necessarily fill all of the above criteria, but they do meet the first crucial five.
THE CARIBBEAN: THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
With more than 60 islands within a short hop of each other and calm, sheltered waters, the Virgin Islands are considered one of the best first-time yacht charter destinations on earth. Gentle winds, deep water and a multitude of secluded anchorages make the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands ideal.
It also helps that they’re outrageously pretty, with vivid green rainforest running from volcanic peaks down to the turquoise seas and dazzling white sands. Whether shopping in St Thomas, diving the reef of Anegada, surfing the break at Tortola, snorkelling the Baths at Virgin Gorda or partying on Jost Van Dyke, the Virgin Islands delivers a charter experience to all tastes.
Croatia has become the darling of the yachting set over the last decade, and it offers a particularly good yachting destination for first-time yacht charterers. With excellent marinas, thousands of sheltered anchorages and over 700 islands within short cruises of each other, a summer charter in Croatia almost always offers calm seas, warm air and gentle breezes.
Not to mention the simply spectacular coastline of mountains, rolling lavender fields and ancient cities, glamorous beach clubs and boutique shopping.
To get a taste of what yachting is all about, come back to where luxury yachting was born on the French Riviera. Very few places on earth can challenge the glamour and excitement of a French Riviera yacht charter – and because it is the birthplace of the superyacht industry, there is an abundance of world-class yacht marinas and stunning anchorages.
Cruise under clear summer skies from the casinos and cliffs of Monaco to the superclubs and boutiques of Cannes, and down to the beach clubs and fine restaurants of Saint Tropez. It’s not all glamour though – you’ll find quiet beauty in the quiet forests of the Porquerolles, the towering empty cliffs of the Calanques, the crystal clear coves of the Cannes Islands and the picturesque medieval hill villages overlooking the coast.
SOUTH PACIFIC: THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
The 74 tropical islands, calm sapphire waters and protected anchorages make the Whitsundays an ideal yachting destination for first-time charterers keen for a tropical escape. Blessed with simply spectacular white sand beaches, waving coconut palms and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays also have several superyacht marinas and many high-end resorts for fine dining, golf and relaxation.
While the shopping and nightlife might not be world-class, Airlie Beach on the mainland does offer a fun party vibe- and anyone who likes to dive or snorkel will simply be in heaven.
New England offers staggering diversity for a summer yacht charter- from the art galleries and lighthouses of Nantucket to the rugged coastline and deep pine forests of Maine.
With six US States in a very small geographic area, you can cruise easily between the long sweeping beaches and summer homes of Martha’s Vineyard to the regattas and grand mansions of Newport- or dock under the skyscrapers in cultured, exciting Boston. Of course, the glittering nightlife and shopping of the ever-fashionable Hamptons are only a short cruise away, as is the thriving metropolis of New York.
See any charter destinations you like or have questions about other locales or yachts available? Contact me today to discuss!