Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean, is almost a dichotomy of itself. With rugged mountainous interiors shaped by centuries of sea and weather, coupled with a pristine coastline of almost 2000 km of soft sandy beaches. The Italian island, that is much more Sardinian than Italian, attracts the celebrity and international elite who want to be seen, but also those that want to unravel the never ending wild natural interior, hiking and climbing the rugged mountains and steep cliffs.
One of the best things about being part of a Yacht Crew, is that your weekends off usually have you docked off the coast of some island, and when you are seeking adventure, there is no shortage of people to help you find it. I recall one such weekend, back in 2008, docked off St. Maarten, making the island of Saba the perfect quick jaunt for a getaway.
While there are certainly those times that one wants “to see and be seen,” there are also times when a little seclusion can feel like paradise. If you travel via Yacht, to the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea, you will find peaceful seclusion right in paradise, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
Chartering a Yacht to explore Saint Vincent, as it is commonly referred, is the perfect way to experience this lush and mountainous series of islands. Your itinerary will take you through the clearest of turquoise waters, zig zagging through miraculous islands of pink, white and black sandy beaches. Drop anchor and spend your days exploring, playing and relaxing.
The world’s elite yachts will soon begin to assemble off the coast of Saint Barthelemy, or more commonly known as St. Bart’s, in the Gustavia Harbor, to celebrate the advent of another year. The French island will once again play host to the world’s A-list celebrities and powerful international set as they entertain aboard their yachts throwing exclusive celebrations reminiscent of the golden ages.
This month’s charter destination, may be the untold story in yachting, or at the very least, a story, many are trying to keep to themselves. The most northeastern state in the US, Maine has been drawing visitors for centuries, but the only way to visit Maine is to set sail on the 3,400 miles of rugged coastline. Maine’s coast creates a perfect navigational maze not accessible via any coastline highway, in fact, none exist in Maine. To truly explore this unique destination, one must raise their sails.
Depending on when you cruise, the weather and conditions in Maine are the perfect complement to Maine’s backdrop. Late summer provides warm days that give way to cool evenings. The minimal but present fog, provides a cloak, that lifts itself, unveiling the next island or cove to explore. The rugged coastline is almost always in view, and watching a day come to a close wrapped in a cashmere throw on deck, with a lighthouse that is still shining on the end of the island, is almost a call to Maine.
Cuba, once an unlikely wish list destination, today is a reality. There is no better way to access the once inaccessible than via an exclusively designed yacht charter. Super Yachts are cutting the red tape so elite travelers can cut through the Caribbean Sea onto Cuban shores. Travelers will experience a contradiction of time, stepping back into the past where time stood still, while embarking on Cuba’s future.
Cuba entices with its culture; stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, visit 16th century castles and untouched neo classical and art deco architecture, while 1950 American cars cruise past. Experience what is now being referred to as the “new” Cuban revolution, the Cuban food movement. Organic farm to table restaurants are springing up literally on the farmland.
Nightfall in Cuba brings cultured classical ballets and world-class philharmonic orchestras, but one should not end the evening without experiencing the authentic and local sound of Cuban Salsa.
Many may begin to travel to Cuba, but an elite few, will experience the island via yacht, accessing pristine coves, pioneering anchorages and cruising grounds. The marine life and coral reefs are unspoiled providing divers and snorkelers a unique experience. Local environmentalists are available to provide insight to Cuba’s Coral Reef Protection Program.
Explore the Peninsula of Varadero’s caves and nearby chains of virgin cays. Escape tourism 100 miles south of Havana on Cayo Largo, where your only decision will be whether to first lounge on the 17 miles of white sandy beaches or dive the black coral reef.
This yacht adventure will be epic, but maybe even an opportunity to be part of something larger than just travel, but history.
With the summer season in full swing, one of my favorite places to be is in the Bahamas. Serenity like no other, quaint local culture and beaches you share with no one, escaping here during the summer will slow you down while lifting you up. After all “It’s Better in the Bahamas”.
Go against the current and have some anchor room. The Bahamas is busiest in the winter.continue reading
The sharks at Compass Cay. Test your nerves and jump in.
Visit those famous swimming pigs and throw them some lunch.
The ultimate fishing and diving destination. Be ready for lobster season opening day in August.
Shake on down with the locals and experience an authentic Junkanoo.
Tahiti and Moorea
The locals and the culture are unparalleled on these two beautiful South Pacific Islands. Live like a local and see the sun rise over Tahiti while you row an outrigger canoe past Sailing Yachts and Super Yachts; dance the traditional ‘ote’a like no one is watching and savor the finest French influenced island cuisine. If you still need a little more action; cycle your way around Moorea, stopping only to catch a surf break and browse the talented local jeweler’s for the beautiful black pearls.continue reading
The Inside Passage
A gateway to nature, a ticket to adventure. Whales, sea lions, bears, otters and eagles are just some of the wildlife you may see while cruising the passage. Discover and experience Alaska’s Native American heritage as you stroll the charming coastal towns. Fly in on a seaplane, fish for Salmon, SUP or kayak the shorelines and fjords. Icebergs and glaciers, forests and waterfalls, the scenery is awe inspiring. This is one tailored experience guaranteed to leave an impression.
342 miles due west of Costa Rica, you will discover Cocos Island National Park. On arrival, be prepared to be blown away by the sheer untamed beauty of the Island as you witness waterfalls cascading off the cliffs and mountain peaks covered in lush foliage high above you. From land to sea Cocos is unique. The currents surrounding the Island brings with them a breathtaking array of ocean life – if diving with hammerheads and tuna is on your bucket list, this is the place to do it. Hiking over the Island, splashing in streams, taking a dive in a submarine and learning about this unique haven is what will make this adventure unforgettable.
British Virgin Islands
The Caves. The Baths. The Indians. All spots you will not want to miss during your escape to the Virgin Islands. There is no doubt that this adventure calls for a yacht, and yes you may not have the anchorage entirely to yourself, but there is a reason we all flock here during the winter. Snorkeling, swimming, fishing, diving, powder sand beaches, a unique floating bar and lively beach bars – ready to welcome your family, afternoon or evening. With a perfectly warm and tropical temperature all year long you can fill every day with action and adventure or just relax and enjoy the serenity with a Painkiller – the famous locally created cocktail.