Boat lovers and world travelers alike are in for a real treat this year, with so many popular boating destinations worldwide to check out. Now that most of the world has opened back up, enjoying boat life to the fullest simply makes sense. Of course, there's a variety of ideal locations for taking the speed boat, yacht, or sailboat out. But there are only a few places that can take your fantastic boat vacation to the next level. So on that note, here are the ten popular boating destinations around the world that are calling sailors out to sea with their sweet siren songs.
10 The French Riviera
There perhaps is no other place like the French Riviera for sun-seekers and sailors. Surrounded by picturesque villages, beach resorts, and coastlines that draw the rich and famous, this area of the world is ideal for luxury living on the water. What's more, when boaters aren't enjoying the sea, sunshine, and surf, they come into port and enjoy all the beauty of Côte d'Azur, the over-the-top extravagance of Saint-Tropez, the beach vibes of Nice, the glitz of Cannes, and the peacefulness of the island of Porquerolles.
9 The Greek Islands
The Greek Islands are a known maritime haven and the perfect boating destination to explore. Here, visitors can relax in the sun, take a dip in the amazing water, sample the delicious cuisine, and enjoy some good old-fashioned adventuring. Visitors can also marvel at the natural beauty of its uninhabited isles, travel inland to enjoy the stunning beaches, and even hop off the boat to experience this area's one-of-a-kind nightlife. Overall, the Greek Islands have more than a few spots to drop anchor near, including Mykonos, Corfu, Crete, and Greece.
8 Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy
For those looking for a truly unspoiled coastline complete with gorgeous views and luxury marinas, Costa Smeralda is definitely where it is at. This is a particularly prime location for those looking to take their new yacht out and explore the nearby attractions like the marine grottoes of Cala Gonone, the rock formations of Capo Testa, and the tiny islands of the Maddalena Archipelago. While visiting this part of the world, make sure you check out the exclusive Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with its first-class amenities and services.
7 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Yet another recreational yacht haven in the world is none other than Dubai. Here, visitors can stop by the Atlantis, The Palm, and use any one of its nearby marinas. What's more, boaters can marvel at dazzling skyscrapers, phenomenal red-sand deserts, beautiful palm-shaped islands, lavish beach resorts, and the out-of-this-world superyachts docked in the marinas. In addition to all these wondrous sights, Dubai also offers its guests an abundance of on-land activities, including world-class golfing, horse racing, camel riding, luxury shopping, fine dining, and so much more.
6 Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard is an excellent choice if you're in need of a quintessential coastal getaway spot. This 100-square-mile island, just a few miles south of Cape Cod, offers boaters a diverse coastline with inviting beaches, Atlantic seaside cliffs, marshland ponds, and several inlets. Notably, this slice of Americana was a sort of muse for the classic novel Moby Dick and the filming site for Steven Spielberg's Jaws. Despite this area's portrayal in these iconic pieces of literature and film, Martha's Vineyard is a safe harbor for sailboats and yachts. Plus, there's the 3-Day Vineyard Cup, one of New England's premier regattas, complete with yacht races and onshore events in the second week of July that is fun for all.
5 The US Virgin Islands
Calming waters and steady winds make for the perfect boating adventure in the US Virgin Islands, especially near St. Thomas. Known as the ideal port of call in the Caribbean, St. Thomas has a stunning harbor and must-see-to-believe landscape. Here, explorers can partake in some upscale shopping and fine dining. Next, stop by the fantastic neighboring islands of St. John and St. Croix. Near these islands, boaters will find ample opportunities for water sports, including diving, snorkeling, and insuring. While in this fantastic part of the Caribbean, do yourself a favor and check out the British Virgin Islands for more idyllic cruising and island fun.
4 Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Tucked away near the shores of British Columbia, Vancouver Island is a picturesque destination where sailors can delight in the world around them. Here, visitors will find sheltered bays, craggy inlets, safe anchorage, and more. Not too far off in the distance lies temperate rainforests and the archipelagos of the Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands. As a bonus, marine wildlife in this boaters' paradise is also aplenty, so get ready to see some sea otters, harbor seals, and even a few killer whales.
There's no need to be wary of Bermuda these days. In fact, between March and November, each year, stunning yachts and the latest boats alike turn up from around the globe to compete in or observe the regattas organized by Bermuda's many sailing clubs. This island's year-round temperate climate is the perfect setting for those looking to relax, cruise, and soak up the sun. So, make sure you explore more than just the surface while cruising—see the marine wildlife habitats, take some underwater photos of historic shipwrecks, or simply stand/swim in awe of the reefs around Bermuda's perimeter.
2 The Bahamas
It doesn't really get too much better for most sailors than the Bahamas. With countless islands to explore and life-changing turquoise waters, there's no wrong way to start your multiple Island adventure. That said, if you do nothing else in this island haven, make sure you stop by Staniel Cay and be prepared to be dazzled by the calming warm waters, white sandy beaches, strong drinks, and serene island living. Visitors should also make it a point to enjoy the paradise below the water as well as appreciate the palm-lined beaches as they make their way through the Bahamas.
1 The Florida Keys
For those looking for a seemingly endless stretch of the Atlantic Ocean with nothing but smooth sailing, the Florida Keys should be your next boating locale. Not only are these islands easy to navigate, but the views in this part of the US are unreal. So be prepared for a breathtaking scenic sail through the shallows of Florida Bay and get ready to dive headfirst into the gorgeous open waters of the Atlantic. Visitors can also dock their vessel and enjoy the catch of the day and rum cocktails at any one of the amazing waterfront restaurants. A few notable nearby attractions include The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, North America's only coral barrier reef, and various archeological sites.