Ready to plan next yearâs yachting itinerary? The United States boasts countless islands for yachting. There are numerous islands to add to your bucket list, but you might want to put these five islands at the top:
The San Juan Islands are a gem tucked along Americaâs west coast not too far from Seattle, WA. Expect a casual, slow pace here as you meander through the 172 named islands in the county of San Juan. If youâre looking for land-based fun or dining check out San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, or Shaw islands, which are the four largest. Enjoy the temperate climate and be watchful for seals, whales, and orcas in the Pacific Ocean.
Hilton Head, South Carolina is the go-to island destination on the east coast for anyone who enjoys outdoor sports and activities. The championship golf courses here are legendary, bringing visitors from around the world to try these rolling fairways. Tennis and polo are other popular pursuits, plus all the water sports youâd expect in a place with seemingly endless beaches. Exploring the Sea Pines Forest Preserve and the Harbor Town Lighthouse are excursions popular with travelers of all ages.
The Thousand Islands in New York State are an explorerâs dream. There are ample opportunities to stop at historic sites and charming towns and cities along this seaway, all of which cater to nautical tourists. If you bring your passports, you can also venture over to the Canadian side where youâll find Boldt Castle and Fort Henry. The scenery on either side of the border is idyllic – just make certain your yacht insurance coverage includes international travel.
Maui, the Hawaiian island voted the best island destination by the readership of Conde Nast Traveler for nearly two decades, is truly a natural wonder. Its unique landscape includes pristine beaches, the sacred Iao Valley, and the awe-inspiring bamboo forest and waterfalls in Haleakala National Park. Add to this the opportunities for outdoor activities, fine dining, a vibrant arts community, and quaint shops and you can see why Maui is a perennial favorite.
Key West, Florida has long been a favorite destination of Americaâs top political figures and celebrities as well as families, young professionals, and diving enthusiasts drawn by its famous coral reefs. This subtropical paradise, the most southern destination in Florida, has stunning landscapes, important cultural and conservation sites, sightseeing and water sports, world-class dining, and a flourishing nightlife.
Yachting in the islands is the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, and beauty in one package. Just make sure you have the right yacht insurance for travel, especially out of state or across international boundaries.
Contact our yacht insurance specialists at Global Marine Insurance to review your insurance coverage. Weâll ensure you have comprehensive insurance at a competitive rate.