With Christmas just a fading memory and the New Year looming ominously like a gigantic gray cloud it’s time to throw caution to the wind, unsheathe your nautical compass and set sail for a more colorful horizon.
The five destinations below are all perfect for sailing vacations and if you’re looking to brighten up your January then start planning now for what will inevitably be a Technicolor dream of sunset pinks, ocean blues and powder-white-sand beaches.
From protected waters and line-of-sight navigation to funky beach bars and full-service marinas, the Caribbean holds more treasures than Jack Sparrow could ever dream of.
Imagine warm and salty trade winds gently stroking your sun-tanned brow as you cruise past tropical islands that are just begging to be explored both on land and below the water.
Whatever you’re hoping for in the New Year, the likes of: Belize, the British Virgin Islands and St. Lucia are eagerly awaiting your arrival.
Relaxed sailing and a gorgeous combination of culture and landscapes puts Thailand at the top of every sailor’s wish list of places to visit in the New Year.
From exotic islands and pristine clear waters to jungles and hidden temples, locations such as Phuket present a vast array of exciting adventures for anyone prepared to take the plunge into the Far East.
With friendly locals, excellent anchorages and more than its fair share of delicious dishes you’ll find Thailand the ideal destination for a stress-free vacation.
Wherever you visit in the Indian Ocean you’ll be guaranteed to find a tropical paradise that incorporates protected national parks with miles of untouched coastline.
This is a wildlife lover’s dream destination and archipelagos such as the Seychelles provide the ideal environment from where to see a vast array of land and marine animals including: giant tortoises, green turtles and a whole host of tropical birds and fishes.
If you’re looking to really sample some color in the New Year then check out the likes of: Mahe, La Digue Island and Curieuse Island which are blessed with beautiful scenes just waiting to be discovered on a sailing vacation.
Tried and tested, yes, but ever beaten? From Italy to Turkey, Croatia to Greece, sailing the warm waters of the Med is a must for anyone interested in sampling some of the world’s finest cuisine, culture and historic sights.
Imagine sailing past pine-clad hillsides bedecked in white-washed windmills or anchoring close to sleepy fishing villages with ancient harbor walls and inviting tavernas offering the finest fish suppers that you could ever dream of.
This is sailing at its quintessential best and with a delightful blend of afternoon sea breezes for families and stronger winds for more experienced deck hands, a vacation in the Med promises the best of both worlds.
What’s left to say about New Zealand other than WOW? If you’re contemplating your next sailing vacation and are longing for jaw-dropping sights then look no further than sailing the coastline of this awesome country that holds some of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.
Of course, islands such as Tonga and Tahiti are no slouches when it comes to South Pacific pleasures and from amazing coral reefs to crispy, crunchy pearl white beaches, you won’t have to sail far to experience countless stunning sights.
The South Pacific is literally teeming with marine life including: whales, dolphins and turtles and if you like your vacations hot, exotic and downright awesome then this is the ideal destination for you.