10 Best Places To Sail In Winter

A Complete List of Top Destinations to Sail in Winter

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Best Places To Sail In Winter

Winter is the perfect time to go on a yacht charter, with a nice break from the winter months and cold weather in the United States and Europe.

Whether you want to take a break in November, over the Christmas period, in the quieter month of January, or for spring break in February we have the perfect destination to sail in winter for you.

With Covid-19 disrupting many sailors’ plans for spring and early summer of 2020, winter 2020 is the perfect time to make up for that overdue yacht charter.

Best Places To Sail In Winter

Some of the best places to sail in winter are the Caribbean specifically St Lucia, the Bahamas, Antigua, BVI, USVI, Spanish Virgin Islands, and many more. The Caribbean is easily accessible and a short flight from the United States, and a great long haul getaway from Europe, making it a great place to sail in winter.

Closer to Europe a great place to sail in winter is Tenerife, which keeps is warm climate all year round, making it a great destination to sail in winter with only a short-haul flight from a large number of European destinations. Other destinations in our list of the top destinations to sail in winter are Seychelles, Thailand, and the Maldives.

10 Best Places To Sail In Winter

Discover The Destinations You Can Sail in Winter

1. British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are considered one of the best sailing destinations in the Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands are an ideal location to sail in winter, with warm waters, warm weather, beach bars to enjoy, and idyllic sailing conditions.

The BVI is a favourite with sailors of all abilities, with short passages between destinations, line-of-sight navigation, and steady trade winds. The British Virgin Islands has plenty of beach bars and restaurants to enjoy such as The Bitter End yacht club and Willy T, in addition to beautiful beaches and turquoise waters.

Winter brings the end of hurricane season and the BVI is recovering steadily from Hurricane Irma (2017) with the majority of resorts and restaurants reopen. Going to sail in winter in the BVI is not to be missed, the BVI is the perfect yacht charter for everyone.

2. Thailand

Discover the 1,430 islands with turquoise waters, beaches, blue lagoons, and coral reefs

Thailand is a great destination to sail in winter with tropical beauty in its islands and beaches. From Phang-nga Bay and its beautiful emerald waters to the Phi Phi Islands in the south, and more than 130 isles located within the Krabi area.

Winter is an ideal time to visit Thailand with the north-east monsoon season (November to April) which is the dry season. The average high temperature during this time is between 35c (95f) and 31c (87f). Sail in winter in Thailand is ideal for everyone with wind speeds between 10 to 25 knots in a north-east direction.

3. Maldives

Discover the 26 ring-shaped atolls and explore the 1,000 coral islands.

One of the best places to sail in winter is the Maldives, with calm waters, warm sea, and warm air temperatures. The Maldives is situated nicely within the Indian Ocean and is made up of a large number of islands to explore. The islands are considered by many as one of the most luxurious locations in the world, with luxury resorts and postcard-perfect beaches.

When you sail in winter in the Maldives you can expect stabilized winds in a northeasterly direction with a low chance of rainfall, as the wet season ends in October.

Not only are the Maldives a great destination to sail in winter, but the abundance of islands and wildlife also makes it an ideal location for swimming with sharks, seeing dolphins, turtles, snorkeling with tropical fish, and much more.

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4. Spanish Virgin Islands

Remote Paradise untouched by developers

Located just 6 miles east of Puerto Rico and between 15 and 20 miles from the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands are the Spanish Virgin Islands. This collection of islands is more unknown and less populated than the rest of the Virgin Islands, providing the ultimate off the beaten path destination to sail in winter.

While the USVI and BVI attract a large number of tourists and cruise ships every year, the Spanish Virgin Islands are quieter and are often referred to as a well-kept secret. The Spanish Virgin Islands are the ultimate place to sail in winter if you are looking for a remote deserted paradise. Here you won’t find beach bars, lively restaurants or nightclubs, just a handful of small quaint restaurants and small bars.

On a Spanish Virgin Islands yacht charter, you can explore hidden coves, the El Yunque rainforest, the small towns filled with colonial Spanish architecture, and the marine life which occupies the reef below the sea line.

5. St Lucia

A beautiful island in the Caribbean filled with beaches and nature.

St Lucia is filled with Spanish, French, and British influences, St. Lucia has a beautiful blend of cultures. This means that in St. Lucia you’ll find cricket tournaments, Caribbean style curry dishes, as well as Calypso, Socal, Reggae, Compas, Zouk, and Salsa music.

In St Lucia, you will find hiking trails, waterfalls, a volcano, beautiful beaches, and much more. St Lucia is an ideal place to sail in winter with winds ranging from between 10 to 25 knots, in an easterly direction, with a warm climate ideal for soaking up the rays.

6. The Bahamas

The Bahamas has beautiful white sandy beaches to enjoy, blue waters to swim in and picturesque islands to explore

The Bahamas is a collection of over 700 islands, islets, and cays located in the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Cuba and southeast of Florida in the United States. The Bahamas is an ideal place to sail in winter with northeasterly winds ranging from between 5 and 20 knots, with warm waters and air temperatures.

One thing that makes the Bahamas so appealing for sailors is the short distances between the islands. The Bahamas is a great place to go snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, relaxing on the beaches, and mooring at picturesque anchorages.

7. Tenerife

A mild winter climate with lots to explore

Tenerife is the perfect destination to sail in winter with warm winter temperatures in close proximity to Europe. Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and is a volcanic island with endless mountain ranges all over the island.

The Canary Island’s wind conditions tend to be a strong north-westerly trade wind varying from 17 knots to over 25 knots, with Tenerife is ideal for intermediate to advanced sailors, especially when traveling between the Canary Islands.

Tenerife has UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the third-largest volcano in the world, beautiful beaches, and much more to visit which makes it a great destination to sail in winter.

8. Whitsundays

Discover the 73 continental islands right at the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Whitsunday Islands are made up of 73 continental islands at the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. The islands are a great location to sail in winter with a hot warm climate, while visitors can explore the island’s history, beauty, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

The Whitsundays have some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world within the Great Barrier Reef. Anchorages are readily available in bays, mooring lines, and small harbours.

When you sail in winter you will experience winds from a north-east direction at around 11 knots.

9. Antigua

Filled with natural beauty, a vibrant live music culture, and water which boasts thousands of shades of blue

Located in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua is a destination filled with natural beauty, a vibrant live music culture, and water which boasts thousands of shades of blue. This quiet paradise has over 54 miles of coastline to enjoy, with over 365 beaches, all with white sand and natural beauty.

Antigua is one of our favourite places to sail in winter, with northeasterly winds from 15 to 20 knots and an average air temperature of 30c (86f).

10. US Virgin Islands

National Parks, some of the world's best beaches, and duty-free shopping

Made up of three main islands – St Croix, St John, and St Thomas, the USVI is a great destination to sail in winter, with lots of islands and locations to explore.

The USVI offers steady trade winds throughout the winter months, with sheltered waters, and short passages between islands and locations. The trade winds blow between 10 and 20 knots, with warm temperatures throughout the winter.

USVI is a great place to sail in winter if you like remote beaches with lots of things to see and do. The largest island St Thomas is a cosmopolitan island with duty-free shops, restaurants, and bars. While also offering some of the best beaches in the world and a national park.

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