When thinking about the top charter-worthy destinations for 2020 there are many amazing cruising grounds around the world to choose from, but we think we found our 5 favorites… St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands are experiencing a renaissance following the storms two years ago. Greece and Croatia, the most popular boating destinations in the Mediterranean, are experiencing increasing interest from the American market. And Tahiti remains the crown jewel of yacht charter destinations, now featuring the flagship of the Moorings fleet – the 5800 Crewed yacht.
Find out which one might be the perfect vacation destination for you in 2020.
The British Virgin Islands
The BVI remain the top sailing destination in the Caribbean. With 60 islands to choose from they offer something for everyone. Laid-back Anegada beckons its visitors with fresh-caught lobster and endless white-sand beaches. White Bay on Jost Van Dyke is lined with world-famous beach bars like the Soggy Dollar Bar, Hendo’s Hideout and Seedy’s One Love. On Virgin Gorda, the natural boulder formation at The Baths is one of the most sought-after photo opportunities in the world. Easy line of sight sailing and steady trade winds make the BVI a great cruising ground for beginners and the huge number of little coves, snorkeling spots, and great restaurants to explore keep loyal visitors coming back time and time again.
Known for its beauty and historical significance, Greece belongs on any true traveler’s wish list. And The Moorings has 2 locations in Greece to choose from. The Ionian Islands off Greece’s northwestern shores are among the most attractive in the Mediterranean. While some of the sailing destinations in Greece entail spirited, open-water passages offshore, a charter from Corfu is far more sedate and family-friendly. Our other location in Zea, within a stone’s throw of Athens, gives you the opportunity to discover the wondrous Saronic Gulf. With many itinerary options available in this expansive cruising ground, you will have the opportunity to select an area with conditions that best suit your navigation style and experience Grecian culture, ancient ruins, towering landscapes, and decadent cuisine.
A St. Martin yacht charter includes many options for going ashore to enjoy shopping, dining out, dancing in nightclubs, trying Lady Luck in a casino, and sightseeing at historic sites such as the many forts scattered throughout the Leeward Islands. The neighboring islands of St. Barts and Anguilla are close enough to include in a one-week-charter itinerary and will offer a great variety of upscale restaurants, secluded beaches, and opportunities for snorkeling and hiking at the same time.
Leaving from marina Agana, a Croatia charter vacation offers you the best of the Dalmatian Coast, where wildlife abounds, the snorkeling is excellent, and history is ever present. Plan to include ample time to go ashore to explore ancient towns, savor the local cuisine, or simply stroll around to see the sights. A typical 7-day Agana itinerary centers on cruising to the islands of Solta, Hvar, Vis, and Brac, and to the Kornati Islands National Park north of the port of Split. A diverse charter route where you are sure to have a memorable experience.
The Society group of the islands of Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine, are the jewels of the exotic cruising grounds on a French Polynesia sailing vacation. The encircling barrier reefs provide a habitat for sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, porpoises, colorful hard and soft coral, and more than 500 species of fish, making the Tahitian Leewards one of the world’s top snorkeling and scuba diving venues. The Moorings 5800 that is now available for Crewed charters in Tahiti makes this enchanting cruising ground even more accessible for sailors and non-sailors alike. Exotic landscapes, watersports, island tours, archaeological sites, and fine dining are just some of the delights of a Tahiti yacht charter.
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