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French Polynesia can sometimes be confused to be a single island, but is actually made up of five separate groupings of islands, atolls, and archipelagos – the most popular of which is Tahiti. French Polynesia is considered to be an “overseas collectivity” of the French Republic, which can also be referred to unofficially as an “overseas country”. French Polynesia spans more than 1,200 miles of the South Pacific Ocean, making for an excellent opportunity to both cruise the South Pacific as well as spend time on land experiencing the vibrant cultures. Offering some of the most beautiful landscapes, volcano views, waterfalls and lagoons, as well as exotic ocean life and open waters there is plenty to do both on land and at sea.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are truly a one-of-a-kind destination when it comes to finding the ideal yachting locale. With endless open ocean, beautiful coastlines, luxury resorts and restaurants, boutique shopping and so much more, the British Virgin Islands have something for everyone to truly enjoy their time away. Made up of more than 40 islands across the central Caribbean, Virgin Gorda is truly a destination that stands out in the crowd. A truly unspoiled paradise, Virgin Gorda is covered in natural trails, national parks, granite grottos, saltwater pools, and what seems like unlimited snorkeling options. It is so beautiful, at one time it was actually named the number 1 most naturally beautiful island in the Caribbean.
Cyclades Islands, Greece
Greece is one of the most sought after yachting destinations in the world, consistently ranking in the top 20 top countries to travel to year after year. With more than 6,000 islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, the Cyclades Islands is one of 5 of the main groupings of islands, and most popular among the yachting crowd. Two of the more popular islands in the Cyclades, Mykonos and Santorini, offer endless activity during both the day and the night on and off the water. The islands are also known for their excellent cuisine and popular restaurant options, you can easily eat your way across the Cyclades, never having the same dish twice.
French Riviera, France
There’s hardly a more classic and sought after yachting destination than the French Riviera. This classic yachting haven has miles of stunning mediterranean coastline, hidden inlets and coves, exclusive islands with unspoiled beaches and all of the nightlife, culture and glamour that the South of France is known for. Nearby are also the exclusive resort destinations of Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes, hugely popular in the yachting community for their beauty and luxury if you are looking for a relaxing getaway. If you’re looking for a little bit less luxury and a little bit more culture, there are a multitude of other popular French cities nearby that you can either sail or drive to that are sure to make for an excellent vacation.
Newport, Rhode Island
While not as exotic or exclusive as some of the other destinations on this list, Newport, Rhode Island, is actually one of the most prominent yachting locales in all of North America, proudly referred to as the “Sailing Capital of the World”. Aside from yachting on the beautiful open waters and picturesque coastline views, there is also plenty to keep you busy on land. There are miles of beaches, a classic New England city full of history, a harbor with shops and restaurants, it hosts the New England Laser Masters Regatta and is also in close proximity to every other major New England locale.