Sailing isn’t a hobby for everybody. It takes a lot of hard work, and let’s face it; it’s not the cheapest pastime either. However, if you’re lucky enough to have the means and knowledge to sail, the enjoyment and access to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations far outweigh the cons. But having a great boat and some sailing knowledge isn’t enough to maximize your experiences on the water. You have to know where to go to get the most out of your trips. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the best sailing destinations on the planet.
Few things are better than sitting on your sailboat and sipping champagne as you take in an incredible sunset. The boat and champagne are entirely up to you, but for some of the best sunsets in the world, you’ll need to head to the Greek islands. Depending on who you ask, there are as many as 6,000 islands in Greece, so you should have no problem finding your own personal slice of paradise. Add to that the countless port towns that offer more charm than you can handle and it’s not hard to see why Greece is such a popular sailing destination.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera is practically synonymous with money and luxurious boats. It doesn’t hurt that the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. From Cannes to Monte Carlo, you’ll find plenty of incredible opportunities to build some memories as you sail the Mediterranean
The British Virgin Islands
If you fancy a little more of the Caribbean experience, head down to the British Virgin Islands. You can spend an entire season (or year, for that matter) sailing between incredible island resorts. At each stop, you’ll find virtually endless shopping and dining opportunities. The water and weather are both perfect, making the BVIs one of the best sailing destinations on the planet.
If you’re looking for an equal amount of water and gorgeous scenery when it comes to your sailing trips, New Zealand is pretty tough to beat. With more than 9,300 miles of coastline, you’ll find plenty of reasons to drop anchor and take in the scenery.
Thailand is home to some of the prettiest beaches on the planet, so it’s no surprise that it’s a top spot for sailing enthusiasts. You can find a hot party spot to stop one day, then a quiet stretch of beach without another soul for miles on the next.