If you’re the type of yacht lover who drools over gorgeous pictures and irresistible information about the world’s top summer luxury yachting destinations, then this post is for you.
From the Caribbean to Greece to Australia and beyond, here are our top luxury yachting vacation destinations you must check out this summer!
Sea Why Families Love Sailing the Caribbean
Yachting vacations in the Caribbean are perfect for families. Consider all of the fun you and your family can have on a Caribbean vacation:
- Snorkeling (and plenty of Sea Turtles!)
- Treasure hunts
- SCUBA Diving
- Theme nights and discos on board with the crew
- Beach bonfires
- Board Games
- Internet access available on most yachts
- Tailored meals and cocktails (non-alcoholic for the younger members)
- Checking out the local history on land
- Kite Surfing
And that’s for starters! Simply put, no one is ever bored on a Caribbean yachting vacation, whether you take a crewed charter or simply rent a bareboat that you sail yourself.
Renowned for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, the Caribbean is the World’s top yacht charter region and offers dozens of amazing yachting destinations from the Bahamas at the top, and all the way down South to Grenada!
These tropical destinations offer something for everyone in the family including snorkeling, scuba diving, beach combing, pull toys, night-life, shopping and more.
Aboard your personal luxury yacht charter, you can view the islands of the Caribbean the way they were meant to be seen. With thousands of secluded beaches and anchorages, a sailing vacation in the Caribbean offers the most amazing getaway for the family!
The Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands is a perfect location for yachting. It consists of the US Virgin Islands, the Spanish Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. The British and the US Virgin Islands are the most popular yacht charter destinations in the world. This area is home to hundreds (if not thousands) of top catamarans, monohulls and luxury motor yachts.
The Virgin Islands is marked by short sails and white sands on the beaches. It is the perfect yachting ground with world-famous bars like the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke or the Willy T at Peter Island.
The Caribbean’s temperate trade winds are another reason the world loves this destination. Almost every day of the year is sunny, around 80 degrees and with the ideal winds for sailing fun.
US Virgin Islands Hot Spots
The three main islands in the US Virgin Islands are St Thomas, St Croix and St John. St Thomas offers a great launch spot for a luxury yacht charter because there are so many direct flights in from the mainland.
Charlotte Amalie is the capital of St Thomas with one of the busiest ports in the Caribbean. Cruise ships dock at the harbor for the day and their guests love exploring the islands.
Yacht Haven Grande is the largest marina on St Thomas and is located downtown next to the cruise ship docks, with fun shopping, island dining, rum stops and plain old Virgin Islands-style fun.
Inquire About a Sleep Aboard
St Thomas is also a great place for what is called a sleep aboard. A sleep aboard is an extra overnight stay on a luxury yacht the day before a charter begins. This is a fun and affordable way to enjoy an island night out before sailing away the next morning.
A sleep aboard also includes breakfast the first morning and makes coordinating flight times and disembarkation simple. Plus, you get the absolute most out of your first day on your luxury charter yacht.
The island of St John is always a hit with guests. St John is more laid-back than St Thomas because there’s much less commerce here. It’s also more “islandy” and far less cosmopolitan.
But don’t let that laid back chill fool you. St John offers some of the most breathtaking bays and anchorages anywhere in the world. There’s also delicious dining, fun bars and live music, and top-quality shopping if you want a little time on shore.
Another fun and very popular water stop in the US Virgin Islands is a floating pizza boat called Pizza Pi. Located at Christmas Cove, which is well-known for great snorkeling and lots of beautiful spotted Eagle rays, this is a great choice for gourmet pizzas and rafting up to other boats for music and fun.
Around the corner on St John is a new and already-famous swim-up taco bar with a great island vibe and gourmet Asian-style tacos.
Why You Must Sea Greece When Yachting in the Mediterranean
Ok, let’s talk about yachting in Greece. With thousands of islands and thousands of miles of jaw-dropping coastline, it’s no wonder Greece is a top charter yacht destination.
Greece and the Mediterranean offer their best yacht charter conditions from May-to-October, spanning from Corfu to Lesvos and countless destinations in between.
Yachting in Greece means long summer evenings, breathtaking sunsets and calm anchorages. To make it even better, water temperatures average around 80 degrees in summer months.
H2O Luxury Yachts visits the Greek Islands travel shows every May and looks over the hundreds of vessels in the Greek Fleets to see which ones suit you.
Don’t forget about the “shoulder months” on either side of July and August. These are the months when we often see nicely discounted charter specials and fewer crowds in the Mediterranean.
Hint: Consider the Med for nice discounts on a summer yachting vacation!
Or Go Down Under to Discover Australia’s Whitsunday Islands
Thinking of a luxury yachting charter vacation in the wonderful land down under? Summer is Australia’s Winter and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
The Whitsundays consist of 74 lovely islands between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. They offer a large span of coral brimming with aquatic life. For the most part, these islands are unpopulated and feature rainforests, bushwalking and some of the world’s most renowned beaches such as Whitehaven Beach featured below.
Millions of people explore the Whitsunday islands annually for the water, fishing, sunbathing, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, shopping, dining or just enjoying a drink while anchored near Daydream Island or Hamilton Island.
Airlie Beach is the typical location to start your yachting vacation Australia. We’ve taken many yachting trips around Australia and would love to talk with you more about the fun and adventure that awaits you there.
Enjoy Exclusive Summer Luxury Yacht Specials for H2O Luxury Yacht Clients
Summer promises a well-earned break, time with family and friends and surprisingly affordable discounts on luxury yachts around the world.
If you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation, think about looking at one of our specials in the Grenadines. Summer is storm season in the upper Caribbean so many yachts switch to chartering in Grenada or the Grenadines between July and October months. This is when you can find some nice special pricing on fabulous luxury yachts. Grenadines is a great choice for yachting destinations in the summer!
Groovy Summer Special in the Grenadines
Here’s a great last-minute Easter yacht charter special available in the Grenadines. Catamaran Groovy is offering 10 percent off for Easter charters taking place after April 15 and sailing by April 21st!
They also have a Summer discount until June 1st, with 15 percent off on weekly charters from May 1 to October 1. With this special, six guests can sail the Grenadines at a special price of $11,400 fully crewed and all-inclusive for seven nights.
Isn’t Groovy simply gorgeous?
This is a great catamaran for six guests, with plenty of deck space for relaxing and sunbathing. Great amenities include full A/C, water and ice makers, cold drink cooler, BBQ and much more.
The crew, Steve and Monika, use their experience and passion for service to offer you an amazing charter in the Grenadines.
Other luxury yachts in the Caribbean are also offering nice summer discounts. Contact us for details here.
Grenadines Monohull Adventure with Dauntless
Dauntless Sailing yacht in the Grenadines has a whopping 40 percent-off special this summer.
Dauntless is a beautiful 2017 52’ Jeanneau. This special is $6,900 for four guests, seven nights, fully crewed and all-inclusive. The special rate is valid between June and August of 2019.
Big Summer Savings in the Virgin Islands with Catamaran Luna
Here’s another great opportunity to save big on a Virgin Islands sailing adventure. Catamaran Luna is offering 20 percent off for all charters taking place June 1 to Aug 31. Six Guests can enjoy a private yacht charter for as low as $12,720 fully crewed and all-inclusive for seven nights.
This 2019 catamaran accommodates six guests in three large queen cabins with electric flush heads and all the amenities and toys you would expect from a modern Lagoon:
- Underwater subwing (swim like a dolphin with this toy)
- Snorkeling gear
- SUP Paddleboard
- Water Skiing
- Beach Toys
- Yoga Mats
- One can’t forget the floaties and “pool toys!”
- Tablet just loaded with games, books and movies
- Portable Bluetooth speakers
- Courtesy Cell Phone for your use
- Professional Ice Cream Machine (Put in a request for your favorite flavor.)
- Professional Espresso Machine (Yes, please!)
Luna will also be relocating to the Grenadines for summer between August and October, and will offer their special down island as well.
Virgin Islands Catamaran Vacation with FireFly
Another special from one of our favorite crews in the Virgin Islands is on catamaran Firefly.
This beautiful catamaran with Matt and Colleen is offering a special price of $500-off a seven-night fully crewed and all-inclusive sailing vacation.
Firefly has all the toys you could want and carries a SCUBA Instructor. That means certified divers can not only dive, but those who have never tried SCUBA diving can make it part of their summer yachting vacation.
Athens Motor Yacht Charter with 75’ ULISSE
This majestic motor yacht for up to eight passengers will be available in Mykonos or Athens from May 30 to June 9. The rate is 22,000 EUR weekly, with four crew.
Most yachts in the Mediterranean and Greece charter on the “plus all expenses” program. That means the charter fee includes the boat, the crew, and the toys on the yacht, with other expenses added to the top of this.
This generally means you will pay somewhere between 25-to-35 percent of the charter fee for “advanced provisioning allowance” on top of the charter fee, depending on the specific vessel and country.
Any money left over from this will be returned to you with full accounting, or you can apply the balance toward the crew gratuity.
Sleeping arrangements on this crewed yacht is perfect for families, with the following cabins:
- 1 Master state-room featuring a king size bed
- 1 VIP cabin with queen bed
- 2 Twin cabins with two single beds
Yachts book up fast for summer and prime weeks all around the world, which makes summer specials all the more enticing. But they go fast!
Contact Us to Reserve Your Luxury Yacht Before Time Runs Out
If you haven’t decided your summer plans yet, contact us here for a quote. We’ll look at your ideas and put together some suggestions for you within a day.
What are you waiting for? Summer is right around the corner and your discounted luxury yacht is waiting for you!