Best Sailing Destinations in the World

Attit Patel March 30, 2013 11

Feeling the wind in your hair and smelling the salt in the air as you take to the sea – that is freedom. Sailing is one of the great joys of travel. Today, we chat about some of the best places in the world to sail.


Explore some of the most beautiful and most famous beaches in the world by sailing Thailand. Whether you’re looking for a place to dance and party, or somewhere more tranquil to chill out, relax and work on your tan, you will find a hundred or more that seem as if they have been put there especially for you.


The Greek Islands are home to some of the greatest sunsets on Earth. With an estimated 1200-6000 islands in Greece, there are so many islands—each with their own unique character—that every port stop feels different and fresh.


The waters at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia may be some of the most amazing waters in the world! Sailing gives you the opportunities to snorkel or dive all day. There’s plenty of sea life to check out so make sure you have an underwater camera.

The French Riviera

 Is there any more romantic place to sail in the world? Probably not. The Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France offers more contrasts than probably anywhere else in the world: unspoilt islands, rugged, rocky inlets and fine beaches sit shoulder to shoulder with the large cosmopolitan resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo.


Sailing in Croatia is quickly becoming very popular because it’s shielded from inland eyes by the sweeping Dinaric Alps. The rolling coastline is speckled with pristine beaches, green slopes and some of the most charming towns and cities Europe has to offer (which is really saying something).

New Zealand

With its 15,000 kilometres of stunning coastline, New Zealand has everything you could ask for when it comes to sailing. Whether you’re experienced or not, this is an amazing way to see a country that is known for its out-of-this-world landscape.

The Grenadines

The island chain of 32 gorgeous Caribbean islands sprinkled across 60 miles of the southern Caribbean is one of the world’s great sailing waters. White sand beaches and tropical waters make this area a haven for sailing enthusiasts.


Catch stunning sunsets from the deck of a sailing dhow. These traditional boats are nice and comfortable; during your trip you’ll have the possibility of shooting great photos and making stops for snorkeling and diving with year-round average water temperature of 27°C.


Explore Montenegro by sailing dramatic coastlines that are more steep and rugged than in Croatia, but equally attractive. Montenegro is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world, so expect it to be busy.

The British Virgin Islands

White sand, luxury waterfront resorts, chic boutique shopping, excellent restaurants – the British Virgin Islands has it all. The turquoise waters of the central Caribbean Sea have an average temperature of 26°C all year round, which makes the water very comfortable.


  1. Steve April 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Ah New Zealand, if I could sail there from hear in Florida I would. Just got back from sailing to the Bahamas, another beautiful place to sail.

  2. Martin April 2, 2013 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Awesome photographs and all listed destinations are really to pretty and BVI is the one i love the most. it’s white sandy beaches, natural environment and yacht sailing are the best things which make me to fall in love with BVI.

  3. pradeep April 17, 2013 at 4:13 am - Reply

    Hi. Such a valuable post for traveling freaks. I love to go to New Zealand. New Zealand is among the cheapest yet best places to go and visit. Thanks for sharing…

  4. LuizzeOliveira June 29, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Well, all these sailing destinations seems beautiful but the Grenadines is one place I liked the most and want to visit. I would like to thank you for sharing such beautiful places here with us, these places could be the best recommendation for those who are looking for travel.

  5. Wayne May 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    A great list but not all great sailing destinations are in salt water. I recommend the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay or the north channel or Lake Huron. Beautiful natural scenery and crystal clear waters.

  6. sumo500 May 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Just got back from sailing the Grenadines and have done BVI and the Greek isles before. If you’re willing to take the risk, Anegada in the BVI is stunning !

  7. Harold Ochstein July 2, 2014 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Margie and I love sailing the back county of the Florida Keys. It is amazingly remote compared to the view of the Keys from US 1. Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, The Key Deer and Great White Heron wildlife refuge’s have an awesome variety of wildlife with great snorkeling and bird watching, all while sailing in 6′ of crystal clear water. It takes a little effort and practice to sail there but the rewards are well worth it.

  8. Cruise fan September 17, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Great list! The British Virgin Islands and Australia are on my bucket list.. One destination I think is missing here is the Galapagos islands – truly amazing for sailing and also diving.

  9. Sailboat Amelia October 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Yep, ALL of those places are fabulous for sailing, but almost half of them have either a horrendously expensive cruising tax or mooring rates at $90 a day. There’s tons of other places we’ve sailed that either equal or better the crowded traditional cruising places mentioned above, but which ultimately cost a fraction to explore as well.

    • Captan Crazy December 17, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Sailboat Amelia, that would be a good list to see.

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