If you’re craving adventure on the high seas — or even on the water still close to land in a cove or bay — sailing could be the adventure you are seeking. You may want to visit somewhere tropical, with beaches surrounding you. Or perhaps you could want to see mountains, large fishing villages, lush greenery and more. You have the daydream, but how can you figure out where you want to sail? Whether you are comfortable sailing by yourself or want to take a tour under someone else’s helm, here are five of the best places to sail at least one time in your life.
One of the most beautiful places in the United States to sail is Maui, Hawaii. With a host of beaches, docks and boating excursions available, you can choose what strikes your fancy. Even if the winter winds and snows are oppressing your native city, you can travel to Hawaii year-round. The warm winds — with more than 30 names, according to the Hawaiians — are friendly for novice to expert sailors alike.
San Juan Islands, Washington State
If tropical waters aren’t your thing, perhaps a sailing trip to Washington State in the United States will meet your traveler’s desires. Specifically, the San Juan Islands area, closer to Canadian mainland than the United States, gives sailors a year-round sailing experience with various ports of call. While the Pacific Northwest is known for its snows, the San Juan Islands aren’t nearly as treacherous; however, veteran sailors do recommend not sailing in the chilly waters between November to early April.
If you’ve always wanted to sail the seas and oceans near Europe, then look no further than one of Europe’s hidden gems: the Norwegian Fjords. In addition to mild blue waters, this area offers some picturesque views nearby scenery and the fjords, which were created by glaciers during the final ice age. While sailing, point your attention to waterfalls, shores with small villages and beautiful mountain peaks.
The French Riviera
If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway with a celebrity flair, then The French Riviera in the South of France could be a viable option. It’s one of the most well-known sailing destinations in the world, with Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Monaco and other destinations on the map. Just be sure to pack some of your best attire if you plan to stop at some yacht clubs!
The Whitsundays in Australia are known around the world for being one of the best locations for sailing in the world. Its tropical atmosphere and sprawling beaches will keep you company as you sail individually or as part of a group. Like many locations, The Whitsundays offer year-round sailing, with warm winters and even hotter summers. While on the water, you can stop to snorkel in The Great Barrier Reef, spot whales when they migrate north or enter one of 300 annual yacht races.