During the blazing summer months, nothing beats the great outdoors (especially when you’re on the water)! The only thing that could make it better is a stunning, rave-reviewed destination. Whether you want to go near or far, East or West, these are the some of the best places to sail this summer:
1. Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is part of an island chain spread along miles of open water. In this beautiful destination, take on electrifying coastal sailing intended for experienced sailors in the glistening and blue Balearic Sea. For those with less experience, shorter trips between hidden coves and beaches are a staple. Strong winds, however, make for excellent prolonged journeys for more advanced groups. Just off the southwest coast of Mallorca is also the Cabrera Archipelago National Park. These islands are home to marvelous underwater meadows that feature some of the best scuba diving throughout the Mediterranean; highlights of your endeavor could include octopi, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, and groupers. A visit to the neighboring island of Menorca can also feature relaxed beaches, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and exciting nightlife.
2. Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, you’ll enjoy calm sailing and island hopping along the steady water of the Adriatic Sea. More advanced sailors can get their fix with longer journeys along the open ocean and local regattas and similar events. Stronger winds occasionally provide tougher conditions for those who prefer a more exhilarating sail. A trip to the Dalmatian Coast will introduce you to an abundance of turquoise waters, peaceful and vibrant islands, and scenic port towns rich in history, culture, and fresh seafood. Upon exploring the surrounding nature, you’ll find pristine coves, spectacular waterfalls, abundant forests, and ancient forts. Continue sailing along the European coastline and enjoy an assortment of history, culture, and gastronomy. Sail out of Dubrovnik and pass through islands such as Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Ston, and Mljet. To explore hidden coves, eat at the finest restaurants, and party until dawn, consider heading out during yacht week Croatia
3. Vancouver Island, Canada
Sailors visiting Vancouver Island are often drawn in by the warm summer winds and the mélange of islands, fjord, inlets, and rivers. The Pacific Northwest’s panoramic views provide a marvelous backdrop for island hopping, ocean-style cruising, and coastal exploration on the Salish Sea. Vancouver Island also provides great terrain for land activities such as hiking on well-preserved trails, dazzling views, and a great environment for sport fishing. The land is also home to wildlife such as cougars, wolves, and black bears, while sea otters and orcas are all within sight of the shore. Sail out further into the Salish Sea to see marine parks and hidden anchorages along the Gulf Islands, where many see dolphins and whales. Head to Desolation Sound for soaring mountains, secluded fjords, and abundant wildlife. Head further east and you’ll reach the San Juan Islands of the United States, where killer whales, bald eagles, and warm weather are staples.
As you plan your summer sailing expedition, consider these destinations. Happy sailing!