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Top 10 Yacht Charter Destinations in the World

Find out about the best sailing destinations in the world - from Croatia, Greece and Italy in the Mediterranean to the exotic destinations like Cuba and Thailand.

Greece

These islands as a sailing destination offer rugged beauty and thousands of years of history. The Cyclades consist of 23 large islands and 200 smaller islands. The most famous among them are Mykonos and Santorini with their white washed houses and windmills.

Croatia

One of Mediterranean's hidden gems, Croatia with more than 1000 islands is a sailor's paradise. Its southern coasts are especially interesting featuring the ancient Greek port of Trogir or the beautiful city of Split. The Dalmatian Coast boasts the barren and isolated Kornati archipelago and other islands with centuries of history, such as Korcula, Hvar or Brac, with the 'Golden Horn' beach that many consider to be the most beautiful in the whole country. For those who prefer peace and quiet, there are plenty of other beaches without anything that might spoil the view, hidden coves, and rocky platforms.

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Sailors are attracted to this part of Meditarrenean by some of the most famous beaches in the world, secluded anchorages and quiet fishing villages. There are more than ten beaches in Palermo that are easily reachable by boat. Island hopping is also a popular activity as is exploring Palermo.

French Riviera

The French Riviera manages to combine both the unspoilt islands, rugged inlets and fine beaches with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo. However, the French Riviera has a completely another side to the coastline entirely down at the islands of Port Cros and Porquerolles where people go to escape. Port Cros resembles a French Caribbean port with it's relaxed atmosphere and palm trees. You can also after embarking on the Riviera, go to Corsica, or head off into Italy along the Ligurian coast to Portofino.

Turkey

Turkey is located in the south-east of Europe and the south-west of Asia. This is a popular sailing destination that can be divided into seven geographic regions: Thrace and the borderlands of the Sea of Marmara; the Aegean and Mediterranean region; the Black Sea region; western Anatolia; the central Anatolian Plateau; the eastern highlands; and south-eastern Anatolia. Throughout its history, Turkey has been a crossroads of religions, and as such is often described as an open air museum so if you are not sailing, there is plenty to do and see. Turkey has over 8,300 kilometers of coastline along the four seas with multitude of coves, inlets, bays and beaches as well as a large number of marinas.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Tortola as a yacht charter destination comes as no surprise due to its white powdery sandy beaches, sheltered yacht filled harbor and lush green mountains. The astonishing beauty of Tortola is only enhanced by coral reefs, flood caves and stone formations. Tortola is also a perfect sailing destination due to the protecting effect the surrounding islands provide to it which in turn results to calm seas.

Canary Islands

The Canaries have a popular tourist destination ever since Columbus arrived here before setting sail to discover the New World. Sailing industry has boomed quickly and there is the ever increasing number of yachts either based in the islands or just visiting marinas. This archipelago is an autonomous region of Spain. It is divided into two provinces of Gran Canaria with the islands Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; and Tenerife consisting of the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. The Canary Islands have lovely, sheltered marinas and boast excellent beaches.

Cuba

The fascinating island of Cuba boasts natural beauties and rich historic and cultural background. It has a unique atmosphere that comes from the combination of its colonial past and its Amerindian and African roots. The island is surrounded by multiple islets spread across the coral reefs, white sandy beaches and deserted creeks. Cuba is all a sailor could wish for due to its favorable climate, steady winds, natural beauty and hospitable people. The whole coast and off-lying islands are fully accessible except the prohibited area in the vicinity of the infamous "Bay of Pigs", or Playa Girón.

Phuket, Thailand

This is considered to be the best sailing destination in Southeast Asia due to its extensive coastline, lush islands and beautiful rock formations. The islands of Thailand may each offer a unique beach but they share the pristine waters and tranquility. Phuket is perfect for sailing enthusiasts who want to escape the busy life and enjoy exotic fauna and flora, hidden coves and bays.

Mahe, Seychelles

The gorgeous tropical scenery with calm waters make Seychelles a fantastic yacht charter destination. Since Mahe is surrounded by other islands, its beaches are relatively calm and safe. Mahe is a mountainous island with a central ridge featuring several peaks approaching 3000 feet high.