3 off the beaten track destinations

You want to go sailing, but want to avoid the crowds. But where? How? Can I still go to Greece and escape the crowds? Find the Boatbookings secrets below to ensure you have a crowd-less charter!

Foki Bay – Ionian

Northern Hemisphere

Places like the Mediterranean see thousands of sailors flock to visit these gorgeous islands and quaint medieval towns. The only issue is is that these islands can get so saturated over the summer it leaves some sailors lusting for the quiet secluded bays. find below the top 4 places in the Northern Hemisphere that offer perfect sailing, in quiet destination

Number one: The Azores

Say goodbye to the crowds of Athens, and say hello to nature, dramatic land formations and some of the best sailing in the Atlantic! The Azores offers long-distance sailing for the gung-ho sailor type during April/May/June, and island hopping with the family during the July and August months! Check out our 7-day itinerary and our 14-day itinerary for some inspiration!

Number two: Corsica

Calanches de Piana in Corsica, France, late spring.

Corsica, a French island located south of the French Riviera and north of Sardinia. This rocky oasis offers some of the most picturesque bays that the Meditteranean has to offer. There’s only a small amount of yachts based in Corsica so our advice would be to start on the northeastern tip of Sardinia and sail up towards the east coast of Corsica stopping off at one of our favorite anchorages: Santa Guilia. Check out of Corsica sailing itinerary for some inspiration!

Number three: Croatia

Croatia has seen the rise in nautical tourism over the past 5 years, with it nearly topping the sailing capital of the world – Greece. This long skinny country, with thousands of islands, is the perfect playground for sailors. Islands such as Brac, Hvar, Solta are heavily visited during the summer months (unsurprising as they are truly unique). One area which is sometimes forgotten is the national park – Kornati. Located north of Sibenik, and just south of Zadar, the Kornati national park provides some of the most exquisite sailing. The islands are easy to navigate through and offers protection from Jungo and Bora winds. Read our various Croatia itineraries to get a feel for what you can experience!

Number four: Turkey

Turkey, where east meets west. A culturally diverse corner of the Mediterranean perfect for first-timers looking for some stress-free sailing. As the political unrest comes to a halt, Turkey is dying for people to come back sailing, it has the infrastructure to berth thousands of yachts and used to be an exciting hub of sailing. Turkey is mainly coastal sailing with a few islands laying close to Gocek and Fethiye.

If you are looking to explore and off the beaten track location, speak to one of our worldwide brokers today!

Summer Getaways to the St Tropez Beach Clubs

Spending the summer in the Mediterranean is always special, and it doesn’t get much better than St Tropez. At the heart of the French Riviera, St Tropez oozes traditional Provencal charm. The town also has the best beach clubs, restaurants and nightlife in the South of France. Check out our St Tropez Beach Club Guide for full inspiration.

Club 55 St Tropez

Made famous by the iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot whilst filming ‘And God Created Women’ on Pampelonne Beach, Club 55 has been synonymous with the St Tropez Beach scene since then. It never disappoints! You are guaranteed a joyful atmosphere and excellent food designed around the finest produce. For all those celebrating a summer birthday, the famous Strawberry Tarte is a must. Furthermore, a day boat charter from Cannes to St Tropez is the perfect present!

Nikki Beach St Tropez

The St Tropez edition of the Nikki Beach empire is one of our favourites! With a collection of sunbeds lying next to an open-air swimming pool and tables leading down towards the beach, Nikki Beach is quintessential summer fun. Offering a global repertoire of dishes, you will be able to sample everything from Provencal Rotisserie Chicken to Sushi and Ceviche.

Bagatelle Beach St Tropez

At the heart of Pampelonne Beach next to Les Palmiers, Chef Nicolas Cantrel is famous for his Poulet Fermier Entier du Sud-Ouest à la Truffe, a Whole organic truffle roasted chicken served with country potatoes. Get ready for your tastebuds to be dazzled! The Bagatelle Team deliver energetic events, so book in for the second sitting for a proper party afternoon!

As your spending time at home with your family, get your heads together to think about how you plan on spending your next vacations. St Tropez is perfect for families of all ages. The Boatbookings Team look forward to working with you on your next yacht charter vacation.

A Very British (Virgin Islands) Christmas!

Specializing in Caribbean charters, here are our top 5 reasons to charter a yacht and why the British Virgin Islands is officially one of the best places in the world to charter for your 2020 holiday season!


Escape the bleak mid-winter and spend Christmas 2020 island hopping between the white sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands. The world’s best sailing conditions, island hopping, world-class scuba diving grounds, and a Christmas day conch meal. All of this plus an unforgettable New Year’s Eve makes the British Virgin Islands the only place to charter a yacht this Christmas!!


Christmas day on the yacht

Whether you’re a seasoned yachtie or sailing around the best sailing grounds of the Caribbean is something you’ve always dreamt of, a yacht charter in the BVI is guaranteed to make 2020 your best Christmas yet.

Although you’ll be on a yacht in the Caribbean, don’t worry there’s still plenty of decorations to make you feel just at home. Expect to see masts with fairy lights going to the top, red and white bikinis and palm Christmas trees!

Spend this Christmas walking around the white sand-beaches of Anegada and join in the local celebrations! Chose from having your own personal crew onboard to sailing solo around the many BVI white-sand beached islands.


New years eve at Foxy’s

Be sure to head to the island of Jost Van Dyke to bring in the New Year. Foxy’s on the island is renowned as being one of the top 5 parties in the world on New Year’s Eve.

Instead of celebrating the ‘New Year’, this bar celebrates the ‘Old Year’s Night’, making this iconic location different from every other New Year Party on the globe.

Hop off your boat and enjoy being in one of the best places in the world this New Year. Be sure to catch the theme before deciding on your outfits!


December diving

Switch the traditional family board games on Christmas day for a scuba diving lesson! Scuba dives are an extremely popular Christmas day activity and really make it a Christmas day to remember.

The BVI waters surrounding the islands of Norman Island are renowned for being extremely clear during the months of December and January. The Caribbean waters are full of different corals, turtles, shipwrecks and thousands of different species of fish.

Surprise your loved ones with a diving course and give the gift of the ocean this Christmas!


A Caribbean Christmas lunch

Eat like a local and celebrate the festivities with a freshly grilled lobster or conch! Head over to the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda for your Christmas lunch, be sure to book early this year as most restaurants serving local Caribbean Christmas delicacies tend to get booked up very quickly.


Unrivalled weather conditions

The trade winds blowing across the islands of the BVI offer a consistent breeze, ideal for sailing and for keeping slightly cool during this period. Christmas is without a doubt one of the best times of year to visit the BVI due to long, sunny days with ocean breezes coming through in the afternoon and slightly cooler evenings.

The BVI is known for ‘line of sight’ sailing and protected bays for anchorages and sailing. Unlike other locations in the Caribbean, the waters in the BVI are usually a lot calmer than many other locations.


Aftermath of Irma

Despite the saddening damage, caused by hurricane IRMA in 2017, the BVI’s are being cared for and maintained. The process of rebuilding infrastructure has been a work in progress since the hurricane struck, however, the BVI is back on track and the boat standards and sailing grounds are as popular as ever.

Don’t let the damage caused in 2017 put you off from a yacht charter in the BVI this Christmas – the BVI is up and running. For current information, we please see our “what is open in the BVI after Irma” page, which is updated regularly.

Give Santa a change from the chimney and let him slide down your mast this Christmas! Get in touch today!

ITALY, THIS IS FOR YOU.

We all know the effects of what staying indoors can do to our wellbeing. From a young age, I was always told that the fresh, sea air was a healer for not only the body but also for the soul. It’s safe to say that a large majority of our clients are ‘outdoorsy’ people, and love being at one with nature. With lockdowns, travel restrictions and our daily lives interrupted, it can be hard to think that life was once full of discovery and beauty.

We say, don’t worry; the seas will just be as blue as they were before, the south of France rosé wine will taste just as refreshing at golden hour and the sun will still rise after this pandemic runs its course.

For some gentle weekend or evening reading, you can explore these incredible places through our handwritten itineraries. Whether you are are doing some homework for your 2021 expedition, or just want to escape reality for 10 minutes: we have an itinerary that suits you. We recommend making a hot cup of tea (or coffee), snuggling up on the sofa and let your mind wander to a sailing destination of your choice.

It seems prudent to list the Italian Amalfi Coast itinerary below – with all the heartbreaking news coming from our most beloved sailing countries this itinerary is a tribute to the country we know and love.
ITALY, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU.

Day 1 – Naples

Lgbt sailing boat tour

Embark your Amalfi Coast catamaran charter in Castellamare di Stabia. Depending on your time of embarkation, you can either sail towards the city of Naples for a fun-filled night exploring the bustling Via Chaia. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the beautiful city of Naples, try some fantastic pizza and enjoy the stunning views of Vesuvius that loom over the city.

Day 2: Procida to Ischia

Today you will sail to the island of Ischia, known for its lush and varied landscapes and being the largest island in the Bay of Naples. You can visit the thermal springs at Negombo Bay or close to Ischia Sant’Angelo. These magical wellness centres have been used to promote health for millennia. One of our Brokers favourite anchorages is next to the Aragonese castle, the original protection of the island that rises out of the sea. 

There are also many beautiful beaches that you can anchor your Amalfi Coast crewed catamaran off for a day of snorkelling and playing with the water toys. In the evening, be sure to try the local wines Biancolella and the red Pere’e palumno along with a selection of wonderful fresh fish. Our favourite high-end restaurant on the island is Indaco in the village of Ischia Lacco Ameno. This Michelin starred restaurant is renowned for their modern take on Italian classics, and you will enjoy waterside dining with spectacular views. 

Day 3 and 4: Ischia and Capri

These are the days that you’ve always been dreaming about! Set sail from Ischia Sant’Angelo to Capri, which is around 20 nautical miles and will take approximately three hours. Your first stop will be anchoring off the north side of the island, where we would recommend a quick stop at the magical Blue Grotto. This is on everyone’s bucket list and you will soon realise why. The Blue Grotto is ideally located next to our most recommended lunch spot on the island, Il Riccio Capri

After lunch, explore the surrounding caves on the south-east coastline, before anchoring on the south side of the island next to the magical Faraglioni rock formation. This is the most iconic bay on the Amalfi Coast and the perfect place to spend the evening at anchor.

We’d really recommend a romantic dinner on board, taking in the spectacular sunset and endless ocean views. If you want to go ashore to explore the island, you cannot beat sitting in Capri’s Piazetta for your Aperol Spritz before having dinner in one of the many excellent gastronomic restaurants. Our Brokers recommend sitting on the terrace of Villa Verde and sampling their excellent Squid, fresh fish and the local Fallanghina white wine. If you’re in the mood to dance the night away, you have to try Anema e Core for a truly authentic and unforgettable night on Capri. 

Day 5: Capri to Nerano, Positano

Leaving the beautiful island of Capri, you will sail towards Nerano for your first glance of the magical Amalfi Coast. Marina del Cantone in Nerano is a popular holiday destination dating back to the time of the Ancient Romans. Emperor Caesar loved it and we know you will too!

After a fun morning enjoying the calm waters, snorkelling and paddleboarding, it must be time for lunch! Conca del Sogno is the most popular restaurant and for good reason – it’s delicious! There are some excellent restaurants to try in Nerano and if you’re looking for something extra special, Quattro Passi cannot be missed.

If you decide to take a mooring buoy overnight in Nerano, you have to treat yourself to dinner at Quattro Passi. If you decide to cruise down to Positano for the evening, we don’t blame you! Positano is the gem of the coastline and renowned for being a world heritage site with a buzzing atmosphere. Positano is the busiest and most popular town on the Amalfi Coast, so expect crowds in July and August, but it’s still well worth a visit. With a plethora of restaurants to try, Da Vincenzo is renowned for offering quality authentic Italian cuisine, whilst La Sponda at Le Sirenuse Hotel is extra special. Party the night away at Music on the Rocks for an unforgettable end to your time in Positano.

Day 6. Amalfi Coast

Good morning from Positano, and what a sight she is! Enjoy the tranquillity and calm of the morning as you sip your morning espresso and took into your favourite cornetti.  When you’re ready, set sail down the Amalfi Coast towards Conca dei Marini, one of the unsung heroes of the area. This is the perfect place to swim before enjoying lunch at anchor.

We recommend heading straight to Amalfi to make sure you arrive in time for a place in the small marina. Amalfi is one of the only ports on the Amalfi Coast and is by far the nicest, so don’t miss out. Spend the afternoon ambling down the quaint streets sampling the famous Gelato, or perhaps a Limoncello or two! The famous Italian liquor is made here using produce from the neighbouring hillside, so it would be rude not to sample! For the active charter guests, you can embark on the Hike of the Gods to take in the spectacular coastal views. Don’t forget your camera!

Head back to your crewed catamaran and get ready for dinner. If you would like to eat ashore, there is no better restaurant than Eolo Restaurant in Amalfi, which balances authenticity with a creative flair for a mouthwatering spectacle. Mooring in Amalfi also gives you the opportunity to head up to the mountain town of Ravello, where you could enjoy drinks on the terrace of the Belmond Hotel Caruso and a spectacular dinner. If you’re in the mood for dancing, you have to try the popular Africana club, which is one of the most iconic nightclubs in Italy. 

Day 7: Amalfi to Sorrento

Your final day onboard will give you the opportunity to sail along the length of the Amalfi Coast, so make sure you have your camera ready! You will sail past Positano to the beautiful Li Galli islands for your last lunch onboard. Whether you choose to have a Caprese Salad, Paccheri with Swordfish or a whole baked Sea Bream, we know you will have been blown away by the food onboard this week. In the afternoon, sail to the town of Sorrento with its stunning architecture, welcoming vibe and wonderful restaurants.

From Marina Piccola, walk to the smaller port of Marina Grande where you will discover some wonderful cafes and bars. Piazza Tasso is the place to spend your evening. With the street closed off to cars, Piazza Tasso is perfect for people watching and your favourite Aperitivo. Sorrento is home to some wonderful restaurants and there is nowhere better than Il Buco, which is a firm favourite amongst our clients. Terrazza Bosquet in Sorrento is another popular choice; wherever you decide to go, you will definitely have a fantastic final meal with your friends and family. 

Day 8: Disembark in Sorrento

Today, say goodbye to your wonderful crew and catamaran and head back to the airport. If you have time before your flight, we would recommend stopping in at Pompeii on the way to the airport to see the impressive ruins. Your Boatbookings Broker can organise a private tour with an English speaking guide, who will bring this ancient city back to life! We know that you will have loved your time on the Amalfi Coast and you will tell all your friends to book for next summer! 

Spend 2020 on a Belize Crewed Catamaran

If you’re looking to sample a new crewed catamaran destination, then you have to try a Belize yacht charter this season. Combining the rainforests of Central America with the translucent waters of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is an adventurers dream. Belize is a mixing pot of cultures so get ready for the best Caribbean lobster as you sip cold beer to the sound of the Garifuna drum. You’ll be in heaven!

Belize sits on the Mesoamerican reef, the second largest in the world. You are guaranteed some of the best snorkelling and diving found anywhere on the planet. The tradewinds blow at a steady 15-22 knots so you can make the most of wind and kitesurfing off your Belize crewed catamaran. There really is something for everyone!

The Fountaine Pajot Saona 47 TRANQUILO is one of our favourite Belize catamarans. She’s perfect for family charters exploring Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. Join Captain Jesse and Karla as they show you their Belize highlights which will leave you wanting more. We’ve been before and want to go back!

So skip your yearly British Virgin islands sailing tradition and try something new in 2020. Speak to Broker Ben for unrivalled local insights to get the most out of your trip to Central America.