After a year or so of travel restrictions, if there’s one thing we all need it’s a holiday. And when it comes to escapism and adventure, nothing offers it up quite like taking to the open ocean and exploring somewhere brand new.
If you’re ready to set sail for new destinations in 2021 but aren’t quite sure where to plot a course for first, we’ve rounded up some of the most breathtaking boating spots in the world to give you some inspiration.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
With over 100 marinas and 300 miles of waterways, the beautiful coastline of Fort Lauderdale has long been a hit with sailors from across the globe. Widely regarded as the Venice of America, this Floridian hot spot has got it all – whether you want to drop anchor and enjoy some fishing or enjoy a jaunt through one of the glamorous resorts. Plus, with year-round great weather, there’s never a bad time to visit.
If you time your visit right, you can even take in the action at the world’s largest boat show, which happens in Fort Lauderdale every year. Why not add in a trip to the Bahamas while you’re there, or even head down to the modern metropolis of Miami? The world’s your oyster from a base in Fort Lauderdale.
European boating enthusiasts don’t have to head halfway around the world in 2021 to enjoy incredible scenery and smooth seas. Greece is one of Europe’s most perfect places for a sailing adventure – dotted with islands, bays, and coves. Head for the peaceful island of Thassos for the chance to enjoy all that Greece has to offer – from vibrant marine ecosystems and magical swim spots to authentic local towns dotted with places to eat and drink. If you want to extend your trip, the Aegean is a maze of incredible islands, all of which offer up something unique, making it the perfect place to head for a multi-destination adventure.
Santa Catalina Island, California
America’s laid-back West Coast offers tons of variety for sailors. Found off the coast close to Huntington Beach, Santa Catalina Island has this laid-back vibe at its core – with scenic beaches that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Spot dolphins and whales as you sail serenely by, or head to one of the quiet harbours and enjoy a bite in one of the famous seafood restaurants. It’s easy to see why Santa Catalina is Southern California’s most popular boating spot.
British Virgin Islands
While most of the Caribbean is undoubtedly a haven for yachting adventures, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) offer up some of the most sensational sailing in the whole region. With calm currents and steady trade winds, the BVI is a boat-lovers paradise, so it’s no surprise that Tortola, the main island, is the yacht charter capital of the Caribbean. Make the most of sheltered harbours, shipwrecks, and tropical sea life, before heading onto dry land for buzzing beach bars and delicious fusion cuisine. If you like to scuba dive, then the BVI should definitely top your list.
Where will you head first?
So, which boating hotspot are you going to head to first? Whether you fancy sun-drenched beaches, historic port towns, or glamorous resorts, there are plenty of incredible destinations out there just waiting to be explored. The hardest part is deciding where to head first!