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Winter brings out two types of yachting enthusiasts, those who seek adventure in extreme conditions, and those who run as far from the cold as humanly possible. The first group are thrill seekers; the challenges presented by the cold are part of the adventure and the reason they love to sail. The second group like to daydream. The second group scrape the frost from their windscreen and dream of sailing the Amalfi coast.
For those seeking sun and relaxation, a bareboat charter can be a great opportunity to explore hidden treasures and visit places not frequented by other tourists. Here are some of the best destinations to book a yacht charter and get away from the cold.
Many a holiday destination can offer doubletake views and pristine beaches, yet few can pair such a sweet setting with the rich history that you’ll find when you visit the Greek Islands. As you sail around ancient lands, make a stop at Delos, the birthplace of Zeus’ son, Apollo. Touching down on this island will mean stepping foot on an entire island that’s considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the many ancient temples, ruins, mosaics, and theatres of the Greek Islands as you take a nautical tour of this most mythological of regions on your bareboat charter.
The Amalfi Coast
Cliffs that dramatically fall off into the sea, ancient fishing villages that seem as if they were carved into the sides of mountains, wine produced in nearby vineyards, and classic Italian cuisine served with the catch of the day. The Amalfi coast draws everyone from honeymooners to celebrities to its shores. There are plenty of ports from which to embark on your yacht charter, and you’ll enjoy history, culture and incredible scenery.
Crystal clear deep waters, coral reef and fish in every colour imaginable. Palm-lined sandy shores, jungle, and the best spas anywhere in the world. The British Virgin Islands are a sailor’s paradise, consisting of over 60 islands, many of which are too small to be inhabited. Sailing is smooth, and the breeze is warm.
There aren’t too many places where you can climb a volcanic mountain, scuba dive to see a coral reef, and bathe in the calming pools of a hot spring. St. Lucia’s really is a stunning location; even when pitted against what some of the Caribbean’s other most idyllic spots have to offer. Expect luxury dining and small, romantic fishing villages.
Colourful parades, incredible flavours, clear waters, silky white sand, some of the best snorkelling in the Caribbean, and family fun make the Bahamas a fantastic place to sail far from the cold. The Bahamas are also one of the best places to travel with children; Disney owns an entire island which you can visit for pirate-themed fun, building sand castles or just lazing about in the sun.
We can’t blame you for preferring to be pampered under the hot sun than braving Arctic winds, and even those who love extreme sports need a break once in a while. Fortunately, there are plenty of fantastic destinations out there just waiting to be explored.