The top yacht charter destinations of all time, from the glittering yachting playgrounds of the Mediterranean to the enduringly popular Caribbean cruising grounds.
The globe is opening up to more exotic new yachting destinations each year, with remote Patagonia, tropical South East Asia, and the spectacular Norweigan fjordlands all opening up as exciting charter options. Yet for all the incredible off-the-beaten-track destinations now on the radar, there are certain cruising grounds which remain perennial favorites for superyacht charters. We thought it was time to revisit these glamorous yachting playgrounds, with a list of the top 5 yacht charter destinations of all time.
The French Riviera: The birthplace of the superyacht industry
There’s a dazzling atmosphere of glamour and decadence that hangs over the in the South of France, making this beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coastline arguably the hottest destination on earth for yacht charter.
Dock beneath Monaco’s royal palace, stepping ashore to dine in Michelin-star restaurants and visit the Principality’s glittering casinos. Explore Nice’s Italian heritage and grand art deco hotels, and anchor off the walled city of Antibes – one of the great superyacht ports of the world.
Indulge in some watersports off the exclusive Cap d’Antibes before cruising towards Cannes – that glitzy Mediterranean city of film festivals, super-clubs and waving palms.
Cruising westward, your yacht passes the Esterel mountains where the deep red rock of the region contrasts brilliantly with the turquoise sea, and arriving at Saint Tropez you will be enchanted by the pastel-coloured buildings and ultra-chic vibe. A French Riviera yacht charter is one of life’s great pleasures, with its endless charms and glamorous diversions.
The Amalfi Coast: Wild bougainvillea and deep blue sea
The enchantingly beautiful Amalfi coast is one of the most popular yacht charter destinations on earth. Luxury hotels perch on clifftops, and vivid pink sprays of bougainvillea clamber down the rocks towards the glittering sea. Shop and dine in romantic Positano, float through the ethereal Blue Grotto in Capri, and soak in the famed hot springs of Ischia.
Explore the vaulted passageways and Arabic architecture of Amalfi, dine in fine style in Sorrento, and indulge in a magnificent spa experience in an old monastery perched hundreds of meters above the sea near Ravello.
Walk through medieval villages of stone and flowers, and smell the orange groves release their scent under the blissful Mediterranean sunshine. History buffs will want to see the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’ villa, while Pompeii is just a short cruise across the bay to Naples. The Amalfi Coast is almost painfully beautiful, and an Amalfi Coast yacht charter is the perfect way to see it.
The Cyclades: Whitewash and windmills
Crystal clear seas of perfect blue-green, secluded rocky coves, and perfect beaches: there’s little wonder that the Greek islands are considered one of the best yacht charter destinations of all time. In the Cyclades Islands, Santorini’s volcanic cliffs rise immense over the water, with the whitewashed village of Oia offering endless vistas of the Aegean Sea. Mykonos promises fine dining and partying under the windmills, with great beaches and A-list nightclubs giving this summertime island a glamorous party vibe. Yet it’s not all glitter and sparkle in the Cyclades; this is also a place of quiet olive groves and ancient villages, donkey paths and local tavernas serving up delicious Greek food. And myth and tales of the gods are everywhere you look- from Homer’s tomb to the sacred island of Deia, where no-one has ever been born or died. Drift between the bewitching islands of the Cyclades on a yacht charter, leaving all your cares behind on the gentle sea breeze.
The British Virgin Islands: Tropical paradise and Caribbean fun
In the British Virgin Islands you can float through sapphire seas shot through with light, before dropping anchor off a sugar-white beach with waving palms. Dive the spectacular reef at Anegada, before coming ashore to walk on the pink sands and dine on grilled lobster picked straight off the reef. Snorkel the incredible granite rockpools and caverns of the Virgin Gorda Baths, dive the sunken airplanes and boats of Wreck Alley, and luxuriate in one of the archipelago’s fabulous spas. When night falls and the fun is calling, you might drop into one of the BVI’s famous sailor bars— sipping a cocktail at the Bitter End Yacht Club, wading up to the bar at Soggy Dollar, or dancing under the stars on the deck of the schooner Willy T’s. A British Virgin Islands yacht charter offers the perfect tropical escape, with a laid back vibe that gets people coming back year after year.
The Leeward Islands: High glamour and sensational beaches
The Leeward Islands are a top charter destination for the global superyacht fleet, with yachts flocking to the stunning island chain every winter. Indulge in French-Caribbean glamour with shopping and fine dining in the celebrity haven of St Barths, or sail the trade winds to one of Antigua’s hundreds of perfect beaches. Discover monkeys in the cloud forest on fantastic St Kitts & Nevis, or relax back in a tranquil paradise on exclusive Anguilla. St Maarten is a country of two halves: party on the beach on the Dutch side, or spend your day boutique shopping and relaxing at beach clubs on the French side. If awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes and tropical jungle float your boat, plot your course for Dominica, Martinique, and the volcano-ravaged beauty of Montserrat. Wherever you end up on your Leeward Islands yacht charter here will deliver magical landscapes, high glamour, and spectacular beaches.
To book an unforgettable yacht charter in any of these top 5 yacht charter destinations or any of the lesser know locations, contact Worth Avenue Yachts.