First sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two independent countries; France and Holland. This leads to an interesting dual cultural personality where sophistication and a relaxed, easygoing style is woven into the fabric of every day life. Offering world class restaurants, casual beach bars, legendary and sometimes infamous beaches, live music and a fascinating colonial history, this is the perfect destination for your next charter holiday.
The winter months can be long and tedious but with daily flights to the Caribbean, chasing the sun has never been so easy. A favourite destination for the Boatbookings team is the British Virgin Islands. With line of sight navigation and short sailing distances between each island, this is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is a European paradise. Located closer to Africa than to Italy, the turquoise sea and white sandy beaches of Sardinia rival anything you would see further afield. Add to this the local cooking of hearty pastas and pungent cheeses such as pecorino and smoked ricotta washed down with the local wines, and you have yourself the ideal charter destination.
Begin your Sardinia yacht charter from Portisco, a short taxi ride from Olbia airport, and immerse yourself in the Costa Smeralda, the Emerald Coast. This coastal resort is renowned as the playground of the rich and famous since the Aga Khan made it his playground in the 1960s. Sail north to La Maddelena National Park, scattered with islands and sandy beaches, including the famous spiaggia rosa, with pink sands, where peaceful anchorages await, or head for Corsica and the harbour town of Bonifacio for some French flair.
If you’re a fan of bareboat sailing, set sail aboard the Jeanneau 57 which accommodates up to 12 guests in 5 cabins.
In order to whet your appetite we have come up with the following one week itinerary in Sardinia.
Starting in Portisco, head towards Tavolara (12 nautical miles). Anchor in the bay of Spalmatore with its beautiful beach and fantastic view. In the evening, head ashore to dine at the restaurant “Re di Tavolara”.
Day 2, from Tavolara to Isola Caprera (21 nautical miles). The island is part of the Maddalena Archipelago and home to the House of Garibaldi (which is now a museum).
On the third day, sail to Bonifacio (18 nautical miles). The beautiful harbour of Bonifacio is a sight in itself with its split limestone cliffs, as well as the baguettes and crepes of France which await!
Leaving Bonifacio, head to Isola Budeli (11 nautical miles). Part of the Maddalena Archipelago and famous for the spiaggia rosa.
Set sail to Isola Spargi (3 nautical miles). This part of the route offers many small bays with stunning transparent waters.
Explore the island with the same name as the archipelago, La Maddalena (3 nautical miles). The main town in the islands offers all kinds of shops and restaurants for your perusal.
Leave La Maddalena in the direction of Pervero (9 nautical miles). A stunning bay just behind Porto Cervo marina where you will find two sandy beaches against a backdrop of green hills dotted with the villas of the Costa Smeralda.
Finish your journey by sailing back to Portisco (5 nautical miles), when it is time to head home!
Do you want a taste of this sailing experience? Contact Boatbookings today in order to start planning your summer sailing!
The next question is, “Where is New Caledonia?”, and most people might guess somewhere near Canada…..or even Scotland! This is what makes it one of the best kept sailing secrets in the South Pacific.
The Ionian islands continue to be one of the most popular charter destinations each summer, and if you haven’t visited yet, they are well worth a trip. The Ionian is a group of islands which run from the bottom of the Adriatic to the Peloponnese and are among the greenest in Greece, studded with olive groves. Made up of twelve small and large islands, Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, and Paxi are the large Ionian Islands. The smaller islands include Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos. With its mild winds, crystal clear waters and predictable weather patterns, the Ionian offers excellent and safe sailing conditions.