The new year brings a whole new list of destinations to explore. In 2020, instead of flocking to Croatia or Monte Carlo, we’re predicting a change in the winds to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Thailand for the most luxurious sailing destinations to explore. Whether you have your own sail boat, want to charter one or are an avid sailor looking for a beautiful destination and an adventure we have five destinations to add to your list.
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Sitting off the coast of East Africa lies a secluded scattering of 115 paradisiacal islands, also known as the Seychelles. The unbelievably picturesque islands are home to waterfalls, lush rainforests, imposing granite rocks, pristine beaches and some of the world’s top luxury resorts, including a Four Seasons.
It is also a world-class sailing destination – which makes sense considering the island hopping opportunities. Sailors and guests alike will find themselves cruising turquoise waters, snorkeling with sea turtles, and discovering the many islets, some which have scented vanilla plantations.
There are also the islands of Mahé and Praslin to get to know. With a rich mix of French, African, British and Indian influences, the Seychelles is a unique destination that is not to be missed in 2020.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands is comprised of four main islands, but also many smaller ones that sit in the Caribbean islands. The volcanic archipelago is popular for its incredible beaches, snorkeling and diving, and close proximity to other islands – making it easy to island hop.
Many of the islands also maintain a special aspect of luxury, with resorts and five-star dining. But with more than 50 islands to explore, departing from the main island, Tortola, to sail to hidden bays and coves is a must-do. One of the best times to go is between December and June. Don’t forget to visit some of the main attractions, such as the Old Government House Museum and The Royal BVI Yacht Club.
Thailand is probably the last place you think would be on this list but with its hospitable people, stunning beaches, uninhabited islands and excellent cruising grounds, this country is one to visit in the new year.
In Bangkok, the inner-city island of Rattanakosin you’ll have a chance to visit the country’s incredible historical sites including the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple while Phuket is a popular sailing destination. Travellers will find many beaches from Patong to Chewang and Lamai – some are untouched.
For those into the party scene, head to Patong, which hosts the Full and New Moon Parties in addition to several other parties and nightclubs. Another great island to enjoy nightlife in Thailand is Ko Samui.
Tenerife’s warm sunshine attracts sailors from all over. As the largest of the Canary Islands Tenerife is popular for its southwestern resorts, coasts, snorkelling and the best part, year-round winds – which is music to any sailors ears. Join the centuries-old seafaring heritage with a cruise around the canary islands, hopping to no less than seven islands from West to East – for the full experience.
Since the island is made by tectonic and volcanic efforts, you can expect a breathtaking landscape, including green humid forests, deserted dry deserts and ragged mountains, as well as deep canyons.
It is a truly unique destination, perfect for the adventurous type or anyone who loves to witness mother nature’s work. Keep an eye on the water as dolphins and whales are frequent visitors to Tenerife and the surrounding islands.
The Cape Verde islands are situated in the belt of the Saharan trade winds, which provides the perfect climate for sailing, even during the winter months between January and February.
This underrated destination not only boasts year-round sunshine, but it’s also home to an amazing volcanic landscape, a colonial heritage and of course, crisp cerulean waters filled with exotic fish and other amazing animals.
The surrounding islands are also easy to hop to, and include Santa Antao, Sao Vicente, Fogo, Brava and Sal—known for its white sand beaches and clear waters.