With private yachting on the rise around the world, and superyacht sales booming , according to Boat International, many more are embracing the sense of adventure associated with sailing.
The COVID pandemic was a major driver of interest in yachting, both because of travel frustrations and because of saved income by high-net-worth families, according to the publication.
And with so many places to see while at sea, it can be hard to choose where to stop – and to know where you might need a reservation.
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Ranging from the unexplored to the ultra exclusive, here is a guide (in no particular order) to some of the world’s best ports.
Port Hercule, Monaco
Grand Prix anyone? Known for its Formula 1 racing each spring, you definitely want to call ahead to get your spot at this exclusive port. It is also the site of the world-renowned Monaco Yacht show, meaning Port Hercule abounds with gorgeous superyachts for these two global events.
Port de Saint-Tropez, French Riviera
Reservations are a must if you want to get one of this port’s 30 superyacht berths. Its white-sand beaches, quaint seaside villages and spectacular scenery make this one of the most well-known, yet exclusive, ports in the world.
Puerto Banus in Marbella, Spain
Located along Spain’s popular Costa Del Sol region, Puerto Banus marina is located right off a bustling tourist area and offers access to luxury shopping, dining and all-night nightlife. It can cost more than 2,400 euros a day to berth here.
Marina Grande, Capri, Italy
Set on the Italian island of Capri and hailed as one of the most expensive ports in the world, a reservation made several months in advance is required to ensure there is a spot for your vessel. There are more than 300 berths and many can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres in size.
Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Offering almost 50 berths for vessels up to 200 metres, this is an ideal spot to stop in the Caribbean. There are world-class beaches known for diving and snorkelling and from here, it’s a short trip to the neighbouring islands of St. Croix and St. John.
Greater Victoria, B.C.
Perhaps not on everyone’s list (but it should be) this area offers serenity and beautiful B.C. coastline and is home to the largest boating population in British Columbia. There are several marinas in the area that can accommodate yachts of varying sizes, so take your time and explore the Gulf Islands, shop or dine in Victoria or pop over to Vancouver for some extra urban exposure.