Ahh, Christmas: what a wonderful time of the year! Well, also because it equals holidays. And when it comes to holidays, we come into action!
If you're like us, you are a person that loves Christmas and the general festive mood, that loves to decorate the Christmas tree with family and friends, and who can't wait to have delicious dinners with loved ones. BUT, you can't suppress your passion for sailing, you miss the sea and the warm rays of sun on your skin, and honestly are quite tired of the cold, humid weather that makes your nose run all the time.
If this feels like you, then you're probably in need of a sailing holiday ASAP. And what's a better time to escape the cold to reach paradisiac destinations if not winter? To make your wish come true, we put together a list of our favorite winter destinations that are perfect for planning an unforgettable sailing vacation, including a couple of options that are super easy to reach from anywhere in Europe! Just the right type of inspiration you need to book your next sea adventure.
Let's start our list of the best winter destinations with a real gem: Thailand. This region located in South East Asia might be slightly far to reach, but it's completely worth it! The Thailand gulf as well as the areas of the Andaman Sea host some of the most beautiful islands in the world, with jaw-dropping landscapes that seem to be straight out of an Avatar movie.
October to March is the best period to visit Thailand, as it's the driest and the one with the mildest temperatures, and the variety of things to do and see will make it the perfect adventurous holiday: explore the enchanting and hidden bays of Koh Phi Phi, dive deep into the underwater world in Koh Phangan, or get to the mainland to visit ancient temples! A unique holiday you will never want to return from.
If you want to know more about Thailand, read our article to discover the best places to visit in the region.
The British Virgin Islands are considered the ideal sailing area for an introduction to the Caribbean. These tropical idylls that live up to every cliché are home to enchanting landscapes, turquoise waters, white-sanded beaches, and some excellent facilities for sailors. The 60 islands are all short-distanced from each other's, and present good-quality marinas and harbors, with buoy fields that remind of those in the Mediterranean Sea.
Bars and restaurants suitable for every taste can be found on each beach or in the main towns, with a few renowned ones that we suggest trying out! The colors and flavors of the Caribbean are strongly present in every corner of these magical islands, so if you are looking for a relaxing holiday, surrounded by pristine nature, amazing landscapes, and a dash of luxury lifestyle, then the BVIs are the place for you!
We suggest having a look at our exclusive 7-day itinerary around the British Virgin Islands for more locations, food, and secret spot suggestions!
We remain in the Caribbean region to explore another stunning archipelago: the Bahamas. With over 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited and well shielded from the Atlantic wind and waves, the Bahamas are one of the top destinations in the whole Caribbean region. The distances here are short, and the lush green of the palm forests creates a beautiful contrast with the fine white-sanded beaches, plus there's plenty of entertainment in the form of beach bars, resorts, and marinas, especially in the so-called Abacos region. On the other hand, the southernmost Exumas area remains much more secluded.
These two areas are about 200 nautical miles apart, and those sailors wanting to experience fun and isolation at the same time can explore both for maximum pleasure. The shallow stretches of sea between the islands are ideal spots for catamaran holidays, whilst with a single-hull keel yacht, the situation is somewhat different: here, you must always keep an eye on the depth gauge.
Check out our article on Nassau and its best beaches for a holiday of pure fun and relaxation!
The peculiarity of the Caribbean is undoubtedly the variety of its ecosystems, a characteristic that can be found especially in the Leeward Islands. St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Barthélmy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Guadeloupe, and Montserrat all stretch out over a good 200 nautical miles: these are former English, Dutch and French colonies where different cultures, languages, and traditions coexist in a unique island-hopping experience. And those with high sailing standards can look forward to exciting passages on the open Atlantic.
Of course, you won't be able to make it to all the islands, that's quite a lot for one cruise. It often makes sense to put two neighboring islands on the list of destinations, such as Antigua and Guadeloupe, also known as the ultimate VIP islands. There you can find harbors hosting some of the most beautiful yachts in the world, luxury resorts, and elegant evening clubs. All you need for an exclusive holiday!
St. Martin, the island with French and Dutch sides, is the epicenter of sailing tourism in the Leeward Islands. Easy to reach by direct flight from some of the main European countries, it hosts most of the main charters and sailing facilities of the archipelago.
Finally, a destination that can be easily reached with a few-hour flight from pretty much anywhere in Europe! We're talking about Lanzarote, also known as the Mars-like island. Well, to be honest, almost all Canary Islands look like extraterrestrial planets, and this is due to their volcanic origin and the consequent presence of black or red sand and rock, sulfur springs, largely deserted areas, and amazing overall color contrast. You can imagine how bizarre and fascinating these islands can be!
In Lanzarote temperatures are mild all year round, making it the perfect destination for a winter gateway. But the main attraction of this island is the possibility of practicing some of the coolest water sports ever: surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. The winds here a quite strong and create the perfect conditions for riding the ocean waves, so if you're looking for an alternative sailing holiday, where fun and adrenaline are the protagonists, then Lanzarote is the place for you!
Here's a list of the best surfing spots on the island, to hype you up. Are you ready for a new adventure?!
Tenerife is another stunning destination in Canary Island where some of our best charter companies are based. On this largest island of the archipelago, you can find plenty of beautiful towns, jaw-dropping volcanic landscapes, and beaches galore, as well as the great Spanish hospitality and cuisine that we all love. The cherry on top of the cake is mount Teide, the stunning active volcano in the center of the island which, at 3,718m above sea level, is the highest point in the whole Spanish territory.
The landscapes in Tenerife are as stunning as those in Lanzarote, with dramatic cliffs and volcanic scenarios everywhere. For a great WOW effect, we suggest visiting "Los Gigantes", the massive 800m cliff that plunges vertically into the ocean: your private boat will grant you an exclusive view of this beautiful piece of art made by Mother Earth herself!
The sailing itineraries usually include a trip to the nearby island of La Gomera, northwest of Tenerife, and its main town San Sebastian. Right here, you can jump back to 1492, the time when Christopher Columbus set sail into the unknown to reach what he thought was India. The town hasn't changed much since Columbus' times and still has the picturesque charm of the 16th century.
It's not a real bucket list if we don't mention Seychelles, the true paradise on Earth. Seychelles are huge granite rocks that have been polished over the eons by the relentless waves of the Indian Ocean, hosting gigantic palm trees with their famous "coco de Mer" and surrounded by turquoise bays with lush green takamakas shading the white-sanded beaches.
You can visit Seychelles all year long, but swimming, snorkeling, and especially diving are excellent in April/May and October/November when the water temperature reaches up to 29ºC and visibility is often 30 meters or more. You really don't want to miss all the beauties hidden in these waters!
Have a look at our exclusive 7-day itinerary around Seychelles to better understand what we mean when we call this place a paradise. Did you know that this archipelago hosts unique animal and plant species that can only be found here?!
Last but not least, another gem of the Caribbean Sea: Grenada. Lush nature, tropical temperatures, and dreamy locations are not the only protagonists here, because the so-called island of the spices is a great place to experience the most peculiar flavors of the Caribbean, practice fun water sports, and visit amazing natural attractions. The possibilities in Granada are endless, and this place can satisfy any needs: whether you're more into relaxation or exploring, you can easily combine beach days with visits to picturesque towns or natural excursions.
Spice markets, chocolate factories, and rum distilleries are the main attractions and make the perfect place to buy local souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones, whilst enchanting waterfalls hidden in the lush forests will make you feel like a real-life Tarzan!
Here you can find our exclusive list of things to do and see in Grenada for an unforgettable fun time on the island.
The world is an amazing place and here at Sailogy, we cherish it every day. A sailing holiday is a great excuse to explore the beauties that surround us, learn new things, and, most importantly, respect the planet we live on.
We hope this list of best places to visit during Christmas time will inspire you to travel as much as possible and to collect memories with your loved ones. If you wish to book your next sailing holiday, check our boat availability on Sailogy.com