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The islands of the Eastern Caribbean form a fantastic arc from St Thomas to Trinidad. This string of volcanic and coral islands are surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, cooled by constant easterly trade winds and filled with colour.

They provide a unique variety of island scenery and offer in different ways something for everyone. From spectacular tropical forest hillsides and waterfalls, excellent diving and snorkeling with corals and colourful fish, safe swimming, white sand beaches, historic forts, sleepy villages and bustling markets, bars, fashionable restaurants and shopping and an easy going lifestyle, the list could go on for ever. Seldom too hot, never cold, they offer beautiful scenery and some of the best sailing in the world.

While they are typically only a few hours sailing from one another, they represent a range of island nations with diverse cultures, geography and often language too, having been influenced over the centuries by the British, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Americans and others. For chartering the Caribbean offers three distinct areas: the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, especially Antigua, St Barths and Guadeloupe and then the Windwards especially the Grenadines.

The Mediterranean. The cradle of civilization. The exquisite food and drink. It’s the perfect location for a luxury crewed charter, from the famed French Côte d’Azur to the islands and beautiful villages of Italy to the pristine islands of the Aegean and the coast of exotic Turkey. Whether your passion is exclusive ports with their sophisticated pleasures, uninhabited islands, to towering volcanoes spewing fire or vigorous adventure, magnificent food from authentic bouillabaisse to branzino the grille, you’ll find it in the Med. And the shopping? From the art galleries of St. Tropez to fragrant Turkish bazaars, you can satisfy any desire.

The Mediterranean is a huge sailing ground. Among the most popular are the French Riviera with ports whose names conjure glamour:  St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Nice and Antibes, perhaps into the Italian Riviera with the jewel of Portofino and fabled Cinque Terre.

France’s large island of Corsica is an increasingly popular destination, too, and lies only 125 nautical miles from Nice. It has both sophisticated ports and rugged coves, providing a mix of experiences for any taste. The same can be said of Italy’s Sardinia, just south of Corsica with its glamorous Emerald Coast – the Costa Smeralda – to islets inhabited only by goats and seabirds.

One of Italy’s favorite cruising grounds is the beautiful Bay of Naples. Under looming Mount Vesuvius, you can sail from Naples to nearby tiny and unspoiled Procida, Ischia with its healing bathes, and Capri, symbol of living well since before the time of Tiberius. All bathed in the sweet aromas of lemons and other citrus made into limoncello liqueur and world-famed perfumes. A must visit is also the breathtaking Amalfi Peninsula, both Sorrento on the north coast and Amalfi and Positano facing the sun on the Amalfi Coast.

The coast of New England and Maine has numerous harbors, a rich seafaring history, historic towns and countless islands. From the charming but busy towns and marinas along Long Island Sound to the rugged and pine-tree-clad coastline further north with occasional remote lighthouses, deep sheltered inlets and hidden beaches. This is a most interesting and rewarding yacht charter cruising destination.

What more stunning and convenient a place than Manhattan to start a charter! Numerous ports and anchorages line both sides of Long Island Sound.

Newport also serves as the jumping-off place for many charters in New England. It’s an enjoyable city to visit and home to a large number of old mansions dating back to the late nineteenth century. Some of them are open to the public. Newport is the home of many superyachts each summer as well as being the host to a summer jazz festival and the Newport Bucket.

Maine is an exceptionally beautiful area to cruise. There are endless anchorages and lots of fun things to do especially for the outdoor minded.