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Charter Yacht Cruising & Vacation Destinations




A charter yacht vacation is the ultimate escape. Vacations are about rest, relaxation, and of course indulgence. You have all this when you charter a privately operated fully crewed yacht along with the added bonus of privacy. No lines to wait in - no time table to keep.

Yacht charters are offered at all levels of luxury and service in some of the world's most beautiful locations. The number of reputable crewed yachts available for charter worldwide is approximately 1,800. This fleet ranges in stature from the down to earth production monohull sailboat, spacious catamarans to the gloriously decadent motor yachts also know as mega yacht.

You will find the majority of these yachts roaming the waters of the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and along the Eastern shores of Maine, Florida, and the islands of the Bahamas.

The US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands provide the largest concentration of charter yachts to be found in the Caribbean. Other locations such as St. Martin / St. Maarten, Antigua, Martinique, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent in the Grenadines provide ports where the balance of the Caribbean charter fleet can be found. These are all relatively easy ports to reach offering great sailing conditions and a variety of itineraries to choose from.

If you're in the mood for a summertime sailing vacation "Hot Spot" then a Mediterranean charter is a must. Cruising off the coasts of the French Riviera, the Italian Riviera, or the waters of Spain's Balearic Islands will have you hobnobbing with many of the world's most rich and famous "Jet Setters".

On the other hand, if you looking for adventure, there is nothing like a charter yacht vacation in the beautiful waters of the Greek IslandsTurkey and Croatia. There you can explore the ruins of Greece, Turkey and the ruggedly beautiful coast of Croatia.

For those that want to stay closer to home, there is always the option of finding a luxury crewed yacht or bareboat rental to cruise the Inter-Coastal Waterway of Florida's south coast, departing either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for ports in the Florida Keys or possibly the Bahamas. The crewed charter yacht fleet based in Florida is primarily made up of luxury motor yachts, with just a few crewed monohull sailboats, catamarans and bareboats available.

The islands of the Bahamas offer a variety of cruising options and itineraries. Having access to a good sized airport makes Nassau in the Bahamas a popular port to begin a charter yacht vacation cruise.

Like Florida, the crewed yacht fleet based in the Bahamas is primarily made up of luxury motor yachts, with only a few crewed monohull sailboats, catamarans and bareboats available. Most of the crewed sailing vessels based in the Bahamas are catamarans, with a couple of exceptions. For the most part, these yachts are based in Nassau and cruise in either the Abacos or the Exumas.

A word about chartering in Florida or the Bahamasin early winter – don't. I did it once and froze my … Well anyway, I would say around mid March is the earliest you would want to charter in these waters for the most comfortable weather.

There are two more great options for a summertime sailing vacation close to home. How about chartering a yacht to cruise the coasts of either New England or Maine?

A cruise in New England can encompass such historic places as Boston, Newport, Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Mystic Seaport, and Nantucket. Here you'll be sailing the waters of the birth place of America.

The rugged scenic coast of Maine offers a very short season for cruising, but its well worth it. The water may be too cold, the fog can be thick, but you go there for the fresh lobster, calm bakes, and the fall colors. Life doesn't get any better than that.

Charter Sailing Unlimited has over 18 years of experience assisting our clients in planning the finest in charter yacht vacations around the world. Let us help you with yours.