When winter arrives with its blustery winds, it’s time to start thinking about a warm weather getaway. Sailors dream of tropical locations with crystal clear coves, sandy beaches, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. If you’re looking for a sailing vacation this winter, here is our choice of the top destinations to consider:

1. Seychelles

The Seychelles is a group of 115 islands, a thousand miles east of Africa. This isolated archipelago has a rich cultural mix with French, British, African and Indian influences. Most of the Outer Islands are low lying coral atolls, while the Inner Islands have granite mountains covered with lush tropical forests. You’ll find white sand beaches, terrific snorkeling, and giant tortoises.


2. Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde (also called Cape Verde) is a group of tropical islands off the west coast of Africa. In the trade wind belt, they have steady breezes ideal for sailing. The climate is warm and dry, and temperatures in January and February are nearly ideal. This is a great place to escape the tourists, and find quiet anchorages and islands to explore.

3. Thailand

Sailing in Thailand

Also called The Land of Smiles, Thailand is known for its generous, welcoming people. There are picture perfect beaches and world famous cruising grounds. You can choose a beach party with music and dancing, or a tranquil little cove to relax in the sun. The scuba diving is exceptional, and everywhere you go, you’ll find a warm welcome, and excellent Thai food.

4. British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is many people’s favorite cruising ground because of the beautiful islands and coves, superb snorkeling and diving, reliable trade winds, balmy weather, and the short distances between islands. Island hopping is easy and fun, and you can choose to pick up an easy mooring in many places, or drop your hook in an uncrowded anchorage.

5. Martinique

Sailing Martinique

The sophisticated island of Martinique is in the center of the Caribbean. Officially a Region of France, that heritage is reflected in its French style and cuisine. Combine that with Caribbean spice and flair, and you have a uniquely enticing culture. The island has perfect beaches with black or white sand, and secluded coves where you’ll love to swim and snorkel.

6. Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. These Spanish islands lie west of Africa, and have a lovely temperate climate in the winter, along with reliable winds that sailors love. There are 7 islands in all, with rugged peaks covered with lush vegetation. Astronomers love the dark, starry skies. If you’re lucky, you’ll see one of the pilot whales that breed here.

Have you visited any of these places or do you have any other suggestions for the hot Winter 2014/2015? Let us know in the comments below…

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