There are, without a doubt, many beautiful islands to explore all over the world, but the 10 on our list have been the favorite destinations of yachting enthusiasts in 2018. Whether you prefer visiting beautiful cities or sandy beaches, there is a perfect destination for you. Plus, traveling by yacht is the ultimate in luxury and comfort, not to mention being able to explore these areas in a completely different way.
Top 10 Luxury Yacht Destinations In 2018
The Balearic islands have seen explosive growth this year, despite the high Spanish Value-Added Tax (VAT) at 21%. Guests looking for the perfect yacht will have a choice between 18 and up to 75 meter-long vessels. During the day, there are tons to explore in these islands and at night, the clubbing scene is not to be missed. Shopping is also top, but they also offer history and art, like in the old home of Dalt Vila. While onboard your luxury yacht you will see dramatic coastlines, numerous cove beaches and also thick pine forests.
2- Dubrovnik, Croatia
Lord Byron once called Dubrovnik “The Pear of the Adriatic”, with its romantic charm and beautiful marble streets and centuries-old buildings with their unique bright orange roofs. While the city has seen growth in tourism, it has also grown to be one of the most welcoming yacht destinations in Europe. Once there, visitors can roam inside the high city walls made of stone and explore the ancient city. Beyond that, it also offers picturesque views nestled between rocky ledges.
The second smallest country in the world is the perfect picture of luxury and splendor. Found in the heart of the Riviera, prestigious events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show have attracted well-heeled guests. The old town and the world’s biggest natural harbor are the top places to see here.
If you are tired of the usual Caribbean or Mediterranean destination, then Galapagos should be next on your list. The best part is, you can go at any month of the year. If you are into nature and seeing animals in their natural habitat, then here you can snorkel or kayak among resident sea lions, penguins, sea turtles and others. You can give hiking along lava tunnels a try as well. Be prepared for a lot of activity because once you see this place of natural beauty and wonder, you will want to explore as much as you can.
5- Aeolian Islands, Sicily
These islands in the Tyrrhenian sea are famous for the wine, their cuisine, and history. With the prehistoric village in Panarea dating back to 1300 BC, you can spend the day shopping, eating and drinking. But what makes this a top luxury yacht destination is that it is the best way to discover the coastline. You can go diving or snorkeling to fully enjoy the island’s natural beauty and if you are looking for quiet and unique, then head over to the more remote islands where you can find natural hot springs and volcanic mud baths.
One of the Cycladic Islands, Mykonos is also a year-round top destination for luxury yachters. Far from being a remote and underdeveloped island, it still has lots of natural beauty to enjoy. In fact, lots of famous people love this island and you will see them strolling around or sitting on one of the waterfront cafes in the town’s “little Venice”.
7- Porto Cervo, Sardinia
From the very second, you dock, you will already be impressed with the modern marina complex full of cafes, boutiques, and waterfront bars. These areas are also perfect for a night out so there is no moment to get bored during your stay. Beyond the luxurious lifestyle it offers, Porto Cervo (or what others call “the heart of Costa Smeralda”) has beautiful beaches and the big blue sea. However, during the summer it can get quite full and crowded so if you prefer some peace and quiet, then it is best to go during the off-peak season.
8- Gulf of Naples
All over the world, this place is known for the eye-catching landscapes, the crystal-clear waters, and the warm sunny days. But it is also a perfect destination for culture and history buffs and not to forget, the tasty cuisine and wine. Sorrento should not be missed, with the town on top of a beautiful cliff.
Another must-see is Capri island, breathtaking both during the day and at night, as the island goes to live with music, dancing, and laughter. Dining in this island is also a wonderful experience to remember.
9- Bonifacio, Corsica
In the extreme south of France, it is nestled by the cobalt-blue waters. Luxury yachters dock on the picturesque natural harbor and you can go and explore the narrow alleyways of the old town. This gives the town of Bonifacio its charm and you can sample the local restaurants and bars for some wonderful local cuisine. Once your tummy is happy, you can head off to explore the several beaches separated by majestic cliffs. The most popular beaches on the island include Rondinara, Sant’Amanza, and the beach at Petit Sperone.
The new luxurious Porto Montenegro marina might not be as old, but it has the same ambiance as the Old Cannes port. This facility is the fruit of the biggest foreign investment in Montenegro and it offers visitors a nice shopping experience. They can also try out some of the spa treatments or watch the other luxury yachts docking. In the far south of Montenegro is Velika Plaza, a 14-kilometer long beach with soft, yellow sand and shallow waters. This makes it perfect for families but also for extreme water sports lovers. Another top destination is the Tara Canyon, the second deepest canyon after the Grand Canyon.
From beautiful sceneries to delicious cuisine and lively nightlife, these destinations offer luxury yacht charters at the best places to spend their holidays. So take note and slowly plan your next vacation to one of these top 10 luxury yacht destinations.