Sizzling Yachting Destinations for Summer Affordable Luxury Yachting
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 an ideal choice for families, offering a wealth of enjoyable experiences. Just imagine the endless fun and excitement you and your family can indulge in during 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 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 fantastic yachting destinations from the Bahamas at the top, and all the way down South to Grenada!
These tropical destinations provide a wide range of activities that cater to every member of the family. From snorkeling and scuba diving adventures to leisurely beachcombing, engaging in water sports with pull toys, exploring vibrant nightlife scenes, indulging in shopping sprees, and so much more – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
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 fantastic 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 US Virgin Islands comprise three main islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. Among them, St. Thomas serves as an excellent starting point for a luxury yacht charter due to its convenient accessibility with numerous direct flights 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, the largest marina on St. Thomas, is situated downtown, adjacent to the cruise ship docks. It offers a delightful blend of enjoyable shopping, island-style dining, enticing rum stops, and a vibrant atmosphere that encapsulates the true spirit of the Virgin Islands.
Inquire About a Sleep Aboard on your Affordable Luxury Yacht
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 consists 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 in 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. We have a special through H2O affordable luxury yachts for all yachts on this page.
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. The Grenadines are a great choice for yachting destinations in the summer!