Summer may be coming to a close in North America but there are still opportunities across the globe to chase the summer sun and enjoy an endless summer well into fall. For those who aren’t ready to give up warm weather, blue skies, and beaches, Dream Yacht Worldwide is sharing its top destination recommendations for an endless summer by sea – some of which may be less obvious and under-the-radar for American travelers.
Here’s a round-up of three destinations great for exploring by sail boat this fall. Think: access to small ports and coast lines, opportunities to discover local culture, and a sense of freedom, accessibility, and adventure that no other vacation can provide to chase the summer sun.
1.) Endless Summer in Seychelles – The Seychelles offers one of the world’s finest sailing grounds, with picture-perfect tropical islands, sandy beaches and imposing granite rocks polished by the relentless waves of the Indian Ocean. Average temperatures in the Seychelles are warm all year round at between 79ºF and 82ºF. The best time to visit for sailing Seychelles is during the season transition in April/May and October/November when the water visibility is optimal at 98ft – perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Dream Yacht Worldwide began its first yacht charters in the Seychelles. And for good reason, as it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet, comprising 41 of the earth’s oldest granite islands and 74 low-lying reef islands that embody the phrase ‘tropical paradise’.
On a Seychelles yacht charter, travellers can snorkel among the treelike corals on Coco Island, or at the stunning St. Pierre islet, where rugged granite rocks merge with lush tropical vegetation.
An unmissable highlight on any yacht charter in the Seychelles is a visit to the scented vanilla plantations at Union Estate on La Digue, one of the most beautiful islands in the region. While for nature lovers, there’s bird watching at Aride Island and the rare Aldabra tortoises at Curieuse, a protected island where you can observe these gentle giants.
2.) Blue Skies in Belize – Sail Belize and enjoy its calm waters, favourable trade winds and a network of 450 isolated cayes sitting in the tropical Caribbean Sea. The best time to visit Belize is from late November to mid-April, during the dry season. Warm temperatures, sunny skies and access to top attractions can be experienced at this time of year.
Travellers definitely want to take time out to see the Mayan ruins and explore the world’s second-longest unbroken barrier reef which, with its diverse underwater ecosystem, is a renowned snorkelling and scuba destination.
Sailing in Belize can include a stop at the Blue Hole Natural Monument or a trip to Glover’s Reef, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe – three atolls offering the chance to swim among 500 species of fish and 100 types of coral, as well as rays and dolphins. Sailing in these open waters during your Belize yacht charter will require a local skipper.
3.) Take it all in in Tahiti – The South Pacific island of Tahiti and the neighboring islands of French Polynesia may be the closest you will ever come to paradise on earth. Part of the Society Islands, Tahiti is bursting with exciting marine life, emerald volcanic peaks and vivid exotic flowers, making it the perfect destination for a yacht charter.
The best time to visit Tahiti is between April/May and September/October.
Tahiti boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, all of which you can explore on your Tahiti yacht charter – from green-topped mountains and perfect white sand beaches to calm aquamarine seas and protected turquoise lagoons.
Dream Yacht travellers can begin their Tahiti sailing vacation on the island of Raiatea to explore its archaeological remains and impressive lagoon, then head to Motu To’opua under the familiar peaks of Bora Bora. It’s the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling.
Take a trip to Huahine while sailing Tahiti’s islands and visit the small village of Fare, where you will find a warm Polynesian welcome. Browse the boutiques and get a bite to eat in the small restaurants.
Whatever itinerary you choose, a Tahiti sailing vacation is unmatched for sheer beauty, sunny skies, wonderful beaches and friendly smiles.