With over 60 destinations available world-wide, Captain Mark will help you find just the right sailing or power yacht, plan an itinerary for the exotic location of your choice, and provision the boat. Here are just few of his favorite destinations.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A haven for boaters, St. Vincent and the Grenadines flaunt some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Caribbean. This string of 36 emerald volcanic islands stretches south towards Grenada, with plenty of white-sand beaches and palm-lined bays, where mega yachts bob beside sailboats. Private islands abound here, many with posh resorts. Diving is excellent, and coral reefs fringe many of the beaches, with superb snorkeling a short splash from shore. Snorkel with sea turtles in the five uninhabited islets of Tobago Cays Park.
San Juan Islands
The San Juan Islands are nestled in the Salish Sea in Washington State, with some of the finest cruising grounds in the world. With dozens of islands, you can choose from remote anchorages or posh resorts. The wildlife will amaze you, with sightings of bald eagles, seals, sea lions, otters, exotic seabirds, and if you are lucky, you may even see Orca whales, Gray Whales, or Humpback Whales. You can catch a delicious dinner of Dungeness Crab or Salmon right off your yacht.
Western Washington is known for being rather rainy, but the San Juan Islands are in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountain, with more than 240 dry days per year. (Shhhh…. Don’t tell anybody!) The gateway to the San Juan Islands is the town of Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, just a 90-minute drive from SeaTac airport in Seattle.
Sea of Cortez, Mexico
The Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, as it is also known, is bounded by the Baja Peninsula to the west and the Sonora and Sinaloa coasts of mainland Mexico to the east. Cabo San Lucas is a typical starting point for cruisers looking to explore the Sea. Cruise to destinations such as La Paz, Loreto, or explore the remote Isla Espiritu Santo. If you are really lucky, you may spot a rare whale shark, the largest fish in the world.
U.S. & British Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands are among the top places to visit in the Caribbean. Located in the Lesser Antilles, between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, this American territory includes about 50 islands and cays, the largest of which are St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John.
Lush mountains, tropical forests, curving beaches, and rocky coves are sprinkled throughout all the islands, and the crystal-clear waters and steady winds lure sailors and boaters, who like to anchor in the sheltered bays.
The British Virgin Islands are one of the premier sailing destinations in the world. Many choose to sail to the southern islands’ popular dive sites like the RMS Rhone. BVI beaches are excellent, especially the shores of Anegada and Cane Garden Bay or Smuggler’s Cove on Tortola. Leave the water to try one of the island’s painkiller cocktails, and don’t fret; you can stay in your beach gear to hit up any one of the local watering holes. Wading through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is undeniably the most notable experience you can have in the British Virgin Islands.