Top 10 sailing destinations in the world

22 Apr Top 10 sailing destinations in the world

Aerial photo of volcanic island in the Azores

As a yacht delivery company, we deliver sailing yachts and motorboats to various destinations all over the world. One of the main reasons for people to have a yacht delivered is so that they can explore and experience a new region. Whether you are seeking a warmer climate, remote wilderness, cultural diversity, local cuisine, epic landscapes or incredible wildlife there is definitely somewhere out there that will be your perfect sailing paradise.

With so many extraordinarily beautiful places to explore by yacht, it is hard to narrow the list down to just 10 top destinations. This list is therefore personal rather than definitive and we’d love to hear about your favourite locations. Please leave a comment in the section below and let us know if you agree with any of our choices.

Top 10 Sailing Destinations in the World

 

10) Balearics

Night photo of lively harbour

Home to hundreds of superyachts and with a bustling sailing community the Balearics offer a huge variety. From the lively nightlife of Ibiza to the tranquil waters of the Cabrera Archipelago National Park the Balearics attract yachts from all over the world. A sailing mecca well worth a visit.

9) Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Aerial photo of the Isles of Scilly

Just 28 miles from Lands End yet a world apart from the UK – no wonder the Scillies are known as “The Cornish Caribbean”. With numerous islands to explore, pristine beaches, sheltered lagoons and abundant wildlife The Isles of Scilly make for our favourite sailing destination in England and one of the best in the world.

8) Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Boats sailing in the Bay of Islands

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful areas for sailing in the world. The Bay of Islands, as you’d expect, is a bay full of islands and approximately 150 of them are completely undeveloped. With fantastic scenery, endless anchorages and secluded beaches the Bay of Islands is a truly world class place to explore by boat.

7) Norwegian Fjords, Scandinavia

Photo of huge Flord from the mountain top

One of the most spectacular places to explore by boat. Towering mountains and waterfalls cascade into the deep and cold waters. For a true sense of wilderness and adventure, the Norwegian Fjords are hard to beat.

6) BVI’s, Caribbean

Yachts moored in a bay in the caribbean

A true sailors’ paradise and in our opinion a must-visit destination for anyone who loves sailing. More than 40 islands to explore with pristine tropical beaches and crystal clear water. The steady trade wind ensures that every day is a perfect day on the water.

5) West Coast of Scotland

Castle and Loch in Scotland

Breath-taking scenery, beautiful harbours, historic castles and the finest whisky in the whole world. The west coast of Scotland offers some challenging, yet highly rewarding sailing opportunities. When you get the right weather there is no better place to be sailing!

4)Dalmatian Islands, Croatia

Milna Harbour, Croatia

More than 1000 islands make up this beautiful sailing paradise. Turquoise waters, picturesque ports and unspoilt coves can be explored and enjoyed. With exceptional seafood and a fascinating history, the Dalmatian Islands are one of the best sailing destinations in the Mediterranean.

3) Greek Islands

Looking down at the yachts in Assos bay

With thousands of miles of coastline, Greece offers any cruising sailor endless opportunities. Beautiful beaches, secluded bays and bustling harbours. Greece is bursting with history and culture and the local cuisine is simply divine.

2) Azores, Portugal

Aerial photo of volcanic island in the Azores

Unspoilt by tourism, the Azores are a collection of lush volcanic islands located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They are the perfect stop off on a trans-Atlantic crossing but are also a stunning destination in their own right. We have been here so many times when on delivery and every time it is hard to leave.

1) Tahiti and French Polynesia

Sunset over the mountains in Moorea, French Polynesia

From mountainous slopes of lush vegetation to white sandy atolls and blue lagoons this really is a tropical sailing paradise like no other. The islands are spread far apart and the area is remote and hard to access. An adventurous destination, a cultural experience and a sailing utopia.

Have been to any of these beautiful places? Do you think we have missed any gems? If you could sail anywhere in the world this year, where would you go?

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2 Comments
  • Eamonn Ryan
    Posted at 12:27h, 22 April Reply

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures and for the suggestions of new waters to sail. . I have not yet had the opportunity to visit all the places on your list but
    I have sailed around the Greek Islands and also in the Bay of Islands in NZ. Both these places deserve to be on your list for sure.
    But there is another contender you should consider–and this is the North Channel of Lake Huron (above Manitoulin Island). It offers plenty of beautiful
    anchorages, the absence of commercial traffic, a friendly sailing community and fresh water.

  • Alastair Currie
    Posted at 14:32h, 22 April Reply

    West Coast of Scotland, Norway, Greek Islands, Scilly Islands have all been visited. It is difficult to say which I like best as they all have their own uniqueness. I have has a hankering to sail around the Aleutian Islands and both Canada’s west and east coasts. The Canadian east coast is very possible and it is one of these areas that i snot on the cruisers chart, except for locals.

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