Who doesn’t love a day out on the open water? Well, with so many countries, lakes, rivers, and oceans around the world to choose from, it can be hard to decide exactly where to go for your next peace of mind-chasing adventure.
We’ve put together a list of some of our personal favorites that we hope you’ll enjoy too!
Best Sailing Areas in the World by Country
Madagascar offers secluded coves in its largely untouched wildernesses. Including the islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Komba, they are perfect spots for off-the-beaten track safaris! The best part about sailing Madagascar is the chance to spot the rare white-sand beach, which is in fact not a natural wonder. It was created by the frequent bombing testings done by the French military government in the early 20th century.
Turkey has four kinds of coastline. The Black Sea, the Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara. These different coasts offer opportunities for sailing in both warm and cold waters and exploring beautiful cities on shore.
3) El Salvador:
El Salvador is well known for its stunningly clear waters, and the country has plenty to offer from day trips on shore, through ocean camping at Corcovado National Park, or overnighting in some of the best camping parks in Central America.
4) Dominican Republic:
The Dominican Republic is an off-the-beaten-track destination for a variety of reasons. It’s beautiful coastline makes it a favorite among couples as well as families who want to enjoy themselves in a tropical atmosphere.
5) The Bahamas:
The Bahamas is a treasure-trove of clear, turquoise blue waters that are perfect for both snorkeling and sailing. You can find secluded coves, secret beaches, and pristine waters all within the island chain.
Thailand has one of the most diverse coastline in the world, ranging from close to shore coral reefs and limestone rocks to miles of golden sand Caribbean-style beaches. Don’t be afraid to try something new, though. Beaches change every year and it’s fun to watch where the water goes.
Bermuda is not only known for its beautiful beaches, but also as a great sailing destination. It is very safe, as well. Bermuda is composed of many islands, with Flat Island being the largest.
Peru is known for its abundance of salt flats and lagoons. It’s also an amazing destination for snorkeling and scuba diving, as it is home to many coral reefs, tropical fish, and the annual whale festival. Additionally, the nearby Amazon River offers a unique opportunity to explore freshwater ecosystems.
9) South Korea:
South Korea boasts some of the most beautiful waters in Asia. It is also home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Here, you can find beaches that are known for their pristine waters, including islands like Jeju-do and Ulleungdo.
Palau is a great all-around destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, drifting boats or cruising around on sailboats. This island has some of the clearest water in Asia and many magnificent tropical coral reefs you can explore from a day trip off-the-beaten path.
Barbados is a tiny island located in the Caribbean, which makes it easy to explore on land and by ship or yacht. It has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and an incredible coral reef system that you can explore from a boat or from shore.
Venezuela is home to the world’s largest lake, Laguna de La Restinga. It’s also known for its hot springs and beautiful beaches. You can sail here on a catamaran or motorboat and enjoy the country’s untouched natural beauty.
Slovenia boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful and diverse landscape, which you can experience with a boat. Slovenia has a number of lakes, canals and rivers you can explore. A good place to start your exploration is Lake Bled, famous for its stunning views, castle-topped island and church on the lake.
The Great Lakes are located in northern parts of the United States and southern parts of Canada. These lakes are known for their natural beauty, but also offer up great sailing opportunities.
Micronesia features some of the most pristine waters in the world. You will find coral reefs and beaches that are perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and boating. Boats can be chartered on these islands if you like. Additionally, it’s here that you can find the most remote island in the world, Kili Island.
The famous waterfall in Iceland is called Seljalandsfoss, which translates to ‘valley of the smoke’, but it actually looks a bit more like a valley of steam. For sailing in Iceland, go to Hvolsvöllur.
17) The Seychelles:
The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It’s known for its stunning beaches and beautiful coral reefs. You can sail here and explore on land, as well as snorkeling at beautiful beaches like Beau Vallon Bay or at Anse Lazio beach.
Croatia is known for its amazing coastline that boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful natural scenery. It is a popular destination for sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, as well. The coastline offers many beaches that are perfect for a day on the water or chilling on a sandy beach with some of your favorite people.
19) Cape Verde:
Cape Verde is a group of islands located off the coast of Senegal. The island’s biggest attraction is the beach, which has been dubbed ‘Honeymoon Island’. Not only does this island sit on a beach, but it also has an amazing coral reef system.
Indonesia has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Asia. It’s also home to many national parks and is known for its famous diving spots and tropical wildlife. For sailing in Indonesia, go to Nusa Penida where the Island of Komodo can be explored.
Ghana thaws out on the coast of West Africa. It’s known for its rich history and culture, along with its pristine beaches and beautiful lagoons. You can snorkel or dive in these turquoise waters and relax on the beach afterward.
Cambodia features some of the most vibrant culture and pristine beaches in Asia. You can sail here on a motorboat to check out the countless islands that dot the coastline or enjoy a day of snorkeling in the clear waters. The best places to sail in Cambodia are Koh Rong and Kep.
Mauritius boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and landscapes. You can explore both on land and sea here, snorkeling at some of the world’s best coral reefs or taking a boat ride along this uninhabited island chain.
The Maldives are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean that feature some of the most stunning beaches and coral reefs in the world. Sail here aboard a catamaran to explore its many islands and clear waters. You can snorkel, swim or just relax on this paradise island. Additionally, for sailing The Maldives also have one of the world’s largest natural reefs.
Aruba has perfect white sand beaches and calm waters with warm water. You can book a charter to sail in these dream-like waters or snorkel at the many coral reefs that dot this island. The warm waters of the Caribbean are a perfect place to snorkel on or dive in, or take a boat out onto the water for some amazing views.
Fiji has some of the best beaches in the region, as well as some of the world’s most diverse marine life. You can snorkel and swim here to see amazing fish, rays, turtles and sharks at the many uninhabited islands.
Tokelau is an island group in the South Pacific, currently made up of three small islands. These islands are a part of New Zealand. The islands are home to the Tokelauan people who have protected their environment by banning fishing and commercial diving.
27) Baja California:
Baja California is an amazing place for snorkeling. You can see more than 400 different types of fish, in total over 7 different marine life zones, in the channel between mainland Mexico and the islands.
Belize has some of the most diverse marine life in Central America. With shallow coral reefs, it is a perfect place to see more than 2,500 species of fish and numerous schools of reef-dwelling rays.
29) The Great Barrier Reef:
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, larger than the Great Wall of China. It is home to beautiful underwater life of more than 1,500 different species. When sailing in Australia, you will want to visit Cairns and Magnetic Island.
30) Puerto Rico:
Puerto Rico is the fifth largest island in the Caribbean and has more than 3,000-km of volcanic beaches. For sailing, Puerto Rico is one of the best places in the Caribbean. A large number of sailing enthusiasts from around the world visit Puerto Rico in pursuit of their hobby. The best sailing spots in Puerto Rico include El Yunque National Forest and Luquillo Beach , but to truly capture the essence of the region, a trip to El Malecon in Old San Juan is a must.
Antigua is an island in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean that is well known for its deep natural harbor, St. Johns. The coastline features many picturesque beaches and bays on the island, making it a great place to go sailing.
Martinique is a Caribbean island known for its stunning beaches, architecture and rich culture. This island has many spectacular beaches that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and exploring. the best places to go sailing in Martinique include Le Diamant and La Pagerie.
Norway is not only famous for its beautiful fjords and mountains, but it also boasts the world’s longest ice-free stretch of coastline. For your sailing experience, go to Bergen, which has a large marina and several good restaurants on the waters.
Japan has some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world. Some of these beaches have been designated national parks for their clear waters, coral reefs, kelp beds and other natural wonders.
Bonaire is one of the world’s best dive destinations and is known for its coral reefs and amazing marine life. You can snorkel at some of the islands or take a boat out on the water.
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World Sailing Charters hopes that you enjoyed this list as much as we did. We compiled it for you based on our own experience and the recommendations of our friends and fellow travelers. We’re certain that you can spot the perfect destination for yourself and your loved ones among these top destinations for sailing. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy!