Ring in the New Year by yacht-hopping with the jet set in St. Barths. Or, for a party you won’t soon forget, head to the Bahamas for the colorful Junkanoo celebrations in Nassau, on New Year’s Day. Cabo has also become increasingly popular for NYE festivities, and it’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Mexico’s amazing Sea of Cortez.
Watch wildlife from the deck of your yacht, ticking off the bucket list item of visiting Antarctica and seeing newly hatched penguins and orcas. Or visit the Samaná Peninsula in Dominican Republic, where thousands of humpback whales find their way each year to breed. You can catch a sight of the magnificent creatures from mid-January until late March.
St. Barths Bucket sees top sailing superyachts race each other in sublime Caribbean waters. Partygoers will want to be in the southern Caribbean for the Trinidad Carnival. Also this month is the Palm Beach International Boat Show, which is growing every year but still offers an intimate yacht-shopping experience.
Easter is popular for family charters, when you can enjoy good weather and quieter cruising than high season. Try Belize and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula for something new, or enjoy the Greek islands before the summer crowds and winds pick up. The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is a must for classic yacht lovers.
This month is full of cultural diversions to enjoy by yacht, from the St. Lucia Jazz festival to the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off the Mediterranean summer and where film stars, fans and partygoers book a charter. Then cruise down to Monaco for the F1 Grand Prix, where yachts have a front-row seat at the famous circuit.
Corporate charters will flock to the International festival of creativity that is Cannes Lions in Cannes, France. Polo enthusiasts should set a course for northern Croatia to take in the Rovinj Beach Polo Cup.
The Newport Bucket has been revived as the Candy Store Cup, attracting sailing superyacht owners and their crews to race off what is the sailing capital of the world, otherwise known as Newport, Rhode Island
The best way to make a splash at the Venice Film Festival is to arrive by yacht. Sail into Venice in late August and rub shoulders with celebrities, VIPs and directors while enjoying screenings and, of course, glam Venetian galas. Car lovers from across the globe will be at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Monaco Yacht Show celebrates all things superyacht. See the latest launches, then sail away on a charter along the French Riviera. The early-September Korkyra Baroque Festival helps keep the summer sizzling in Croatia. Sailors from far and wide will hit the Côte d’Azur for the 20th edition of Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.
After visiting the largest boat show in the world at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, head off for a Bahamian island charter. You can spot the Northern Lights as early as October in Norway – what better way to experience this phenomena than from the deck of your yacht.
Buckle up for exciting motor racing action at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – F1’s only night race – which is hosted at Yas Marina in the UAE.
An international crowd of art aficionados flock to Miami for Art Basel, where attending A-list yacht parties is nearly as important as the art. Ocean Reef Vintage Weekend in Key Largo shows off vintage boats, cars and airplanes at a chic venue. Over in Thailand the Kata Rocks Rendezvous combines parties and regatta fun.