Life on a boat or yacht offers the chance to travel to many different places all throughout the year and take advantage of different climates and warm weather across the world. There are several winter destinations that make excellent choices for a charter. The traditional winter season doesn’t typically apply to yachting, especially as many yachts travel between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. So, if you’re looking at where to spend the winter on a charter yacht, you should consider the following destinations:
Six Fun Yacht Charter Destinations for the Winter/Spring Season 2022/2023
#1 The Caribbean
The Caribbean is one of the most popular destinations to visit between November and April. From Jamaica to the Virgin Islands, this beautiful part of the world attracts sailing and motor yachts because of the warm sunshine and pristine beaches that offer a respite from the wintry weather of the Northern Hemisphere. When you visit the Caribbean in the winter months, you also avoid any bad weather and tropical storms that can affect the region. Another benefit of visiting the Caribbean in the winter on a charter yacht is it was a short flight from the mainland United States. As it is easy to get to with many daily flights from Florida, it is often the best winter charter decision of choice for Americans.
For a winter vacation, there are many other options if you wish to charter a yacht further afield. If you would like to embrace the cooler weather and go on an adventure, you can take the trip of a lifetime and visit Antarctica. The Antarctic summer lasts from November to March and is the best time to visit to see the abundance of wildlife and enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. In recent years, there has been a rise of exploratory yacht charters to Antarctica and many explorer vessels are now equipped to travel to this region.
#3 Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand have both grown as charter destinations in recent years. As a result of their location in the Southern Hemisphere, there are several opportunities to cruise in this region. The vastness of Australia means that you can charter a yacht here at many different times of the year. Sydney, Australia is best visited from October – March and offers the best of both worlds: a vibrant city right on the water. Although the distance from the US may make travel difficult for some, the warm weather and tranquil cruising grounds make it a very attractive place to spend the winter on a charter yacht.
Another winter charter destination is Fiji. This archipelago of 300 hundred islands has long attracted travelers for its breathtaking scenery and beautiful diving. In recent years, there has been much investment into the yachting infrastructure in the region and more charter yachts are visiting the region for longer periods of time. While in Fiji you can go hiking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Enjoy the local culture and immerse yourself in island life. These islands are an off-the-beaten-track destination for those wishing to spend a significant amount of time on board. Like many islands in the South Pacific, these areas are an unspoiled paradise and an amazing place to improve your diving skills. Surf, eat delicious food, and go deep-sea fishing. If you’re looking to have an extended winter charter, Fiji is an excellent destination.
#5 The Bahamas
A haven for diving, the best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and April. Thanks to its proximity to the mainland US, these islands are an extremely popular destination for a winter charter. December and April are the best times to visit on board a yacht, and the Bahamas are a fantastic place to spend Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
#6 Costa Rica
Costa Rica has attracted visitors for many years because of its abundance of natural beauty and wildlife. A winter charter to Costa Rica will be an unforgettable adventure. Although not necessarily a well-established yachting hotspot, the yachts in the region will be well-equipped to ensure a five-star experience while soaking in the beauty of the cruising grounds.
To find a vessel for a winter charter, search YATCO’s yacht charter directory here.