Top 10 tips on where to sail: for beginners and experienced sailors

Join us to discover some lesser-known yachting destinations for beginners and advanced sailors, racers, adventurers and leisurely cruisers alike.

Each sailing destination has its own unique charm and offers a different experience — whether it is a wild ride or a laid-back cruise, you'll discover ultimate freedom and an adventure you'll never forget. Of course, those who are setting sail solo for the first time will head somewhere different to those who have already been through Croatia and are looking for a new challenge. Check out our 10 tips on less familiar destinations. There is really something for every sailor.

Tips for leisurely cruising and for less experienced sailors

If you are new to sailing, choose less demanding routes or places you already know. You will enjoy the sailing more and develop your skills. For your chosen season, research the weather, thermal conditions and weather variability.

1) Croatia's extensive coastline, full of enchanting islands and coves

Great sailing facilities with plenty of sheltered harbours and high-quality services will give you the peace of mind you need. A popular sailing destination in Croatia is the Kornati National Park.

YACHTING.COM TIP: Are you planning a yachting vacation in Croatia but not sure exactly where to sail? Join us for dolphins, diving, beaches and beautiful UNESCO sites. We've got 3 fantastic 7-day sailing routes that are well worth trying out. Beginners and families with kids will be able to manage the short distances between the islands and towns. There are literally thousands of magical harbours, islands and coves out there to discover. But wherever you end up sailing in Croatia, beware of these sea and land creatures whose stings and bites could make for an unpleasant holiday — The most dangerous creatures of the Croatian seas and coastline.

2) Greece and the Ionian Sea, between Lefkada and Zakynthos

The sailing conditions are reminiscent of Croatia, with short distances between islands, sheltered and warmer seas, natural beauty and numerous bays and harbours with nominal mooring fees. Try one of the sailing routes in our article — Smooth sailing in Greece: 3 easy routes to choose from


Especially in Greece, you'll need to know how to moor your boat using the so-called Mediterranean mooring technique (stern to the jetty). For advice on how to do this, check out How to moor stern-to: a step-by-step guide.

3) Bays with sandy beaches along the Tuscan coast and Elba

The Tuscan islands are ideal for anchoring and swimming with children. In the evening, you can stroll through the picturesque streets of the ancient harbours, enjoy an espresso or dine in a cosy trattoria.


Whether you're heading to Liguria, Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast, Italy is a promised land for sailing enthusiasts. Diverse coastlines and beautiful bays, sandy beaches, deserted islands, as well as wild reefs. Villages with charming harbours, countless sights, delicious food and excellent wine. So, which places are a must on your voyage in Italy? — Sailing in Italy: the 15 most beautiful places to sail.

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Adrenaline-packed tips for experienced seafarers

Leave the familiar waters and head out for adventure! There are still many destinations that have not given up their secrets to many a sailor, but these are the ones we recommend to the more experienced sailors among you.


4) Greece and the Cyclades

The Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea is the domain of experienced sailors, especially in summer when the famed Meltemi blows. Compared to Croatia, there are longer distances between islands, almost no marinas, big waves and powerful winds, and often prices are lower. For inspiration on specific itineraries, take at look at our article on the most beautiful week-long sailing routes in the Aegean Sea.


5) Northern Sardinia, where the wind is stronger than in Croatia and you'll discover numerous interesting islands surrounded by rocks and reefs — something that will especially please the adventurous and those passionate about maritime navigation. But you must be very careful here as the shallows are often unmarked.


6) The Caribbean, where you can enjoy sailing with strong trade winds in the southern part of the Lesser Antilles or the Windward Islands. If you're going to the Caribbean, be sure to pack a snorkel, fins and a mask. The underwater life here is fascinating and varied even at shallow depths, so you can easily enjoy it without scuba gear. The Caribbean coral reefs are full of colourful fish and sea life, and you can spot manta rays, sea turtles and various species of sharks. Just pick a spot with clear shallow water, anchor and go exploring. Find out exactly what you might encounter on your expedition in Snorkelling and sailing: what inhabits the Caribbean coral reefs?


Adrenalinový jachting pro zkušené jachtařeAdrenaline-fueled sailing for experienced sailors

Tips for scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts

You can always combine yachting with holidaying and relaxation. Admire untouched nature, explore historical monuments or do active sports.


7) Thailand. Coral reefs, an abundance of fish and even manta rays or whale sharks at shallow depths. With a sailboat, you can sail around the picturesque islands.


8) ElbaThe emerald sea with its numerous islands and wealth of underwater life will appeal to even more experienced divers. With just a snorkel, you can explore the Elviscot wreck, which lies at a shallow depth!

Tip for history and nature lovers, and those who like to indulge

9) Sicily is truly captivating and nowhere else will you find such diverse and wild scenery nor such a wealth of sights to see. In the markets, you can purchase top-quality oil, capers, figs or the renowned lemons. Would you like grilled swordfish or would you prefer it as carpaccio?


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Tip for those who love the exotic

Of course, you can still take a yachting vacation in winter and enjoy pure relaxation. Escape the bitter winter, and set course for the sun and warm sea.


10) Malaysia is literally a yachting paradise with beautiful unspoilt nature and white sandy beaches. You'll enjoy crystal clear seas with millions of coral fish and giant turtles.

YACHTING.COM TIP: As the colder months approach in Europe, sailors are increasingly unwilling to accept that the yachting season is coming to an end and are changing tack in search of sailing opportunities in warmer climes. If this is you, we highly recommend exotic locations, such as the Caribbean, the Seychelles, and Thailand, where pristine beaches and bays, stunning natural beauty and a magical underwater world await. And there's no need to be apprehensive about trying out exotic destinations — our comprehensive guide to exotic sailing holidays has everything you'll need to know before setting sail.  And if you're unsure about which boat to choose, read our article on the top 10 yachts in the most popular exotic destinations.


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