Whether you're a monohull traditionalist or a catamaran cruiser, these destinations cater to everyone. Even if you're not an avid sailor, but you just fancy an enjoyable adventure then these destinations still tick the box, just hire a skipper.
1) British Virgin Islands , Caribbean
These lush islands sprinkled in the middle of the Caribbean sea provide a sublime retreat for adventure lovers and sun seekers alike. The winds provide for some exciting sailing, and the variety of islands allow you to keep yourself occupied with numerous other activities, including volcano hikes, SCUBA diving, and drinking in the sun and then enjoying a beautiful sunset!
Top tip - Visit the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. Be warned, it's called Soggy Dollar for a reason!
2) Split, Croatia
The Dalmatian coast is one of the most idealiac and striking coastlines that we've seen. Beautiful white sand beaches, historic fortified towns, quaint little fishing villages and vibrant party towns mean that whatever you're after, you'll find somewhere to anchor up. The winds can be variable, but in the summer you will usually get a sufficient breeze for a gentle sail.
Top tip - Moor up in Hvar harbour for a night or 2, there are balls opposite the main harbour which you can take to go stern to. Make sure to get here early though.
3) Côte d’Azur, France
The Côte d’Azur features some of the most well known French Mediterranean town including St Tropez and Cannes, both known for their superyacht lifestyle. The coastline is the classical Mediterranean ruggedness that we all know and love and you are free to anchor up in a number of the little bays all the way along.
Top tip - Be mindful of the Mistral, which is a strong wind which blows off the french shore, you don't want to be caught out in this.
4) The Solent, England
More of a temperate destination, this area of the south coast of United Kingdom is a haven for sailors. The Solent hosts a number of regattas throughout the year, including the largest in the world, the Round The Island Race, which goes around the isle of white and regularly has over 1800 boats.
Top tip - Once you've finished for the day, moor up in Cowes and head to the Anchor Inn for a vibrant night with a live band.