An extraordinary number of spectacular superyachts are available to charter worldwide with many people now looking to plan a summer getaway in 2022. Many of the most fabulous charter yachts can be found anchored either in the glorious coves of the Bahamas or the historical harbours of New England during the summer months, and it’s easy to see the appeal of both. From picture-perfect beaches and a vibrant underwater world to quirky art galleries and a charming coastal vibe, there is so much to explore on a luxury yacht charter.
The home of leisurely cruising, a superyacht charter in the Bahamas archipelago is an ideal opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Whether soaking up colonial charm and spectacular views in the Abacos or heading to the unspoiled Exumas, the ubiquitous pristine beaches and crystal waters are a year-round yachting haven. Choose a superyacht with a range of water toys, knowledgeable crew plus great amenities and it is a recipe for success. When the sun goes down, a dedicated chef that can create mouth-watering dishes will deliver the perfect end to a busy day paddleboarding or water-skiing. There is most certainly no better way to explore the Bahamas than from the water with an endless flow of island hotspots to discover during an itinerary tailored entirely to your requirements.
Charming capital Nassau is strewn with pastel-colored buildings and grand fortresses, flanked by swathes of velvet beaches boasting offshore coral reefs. This is a location simply prime for water-based activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling and diving, where a yacht charter getaway makes the most of every opportunity. World class marinas and an international airport ensure that Nassau and Paradise Island are a popular hub for excellent high-end shopping at Lyford Cay, exclusive casinos and a lively beach scene.
Hot spot: The Abaco Islands
Home to some of the finest cruising grounds the Bahamas have to offer and renowned for bone fishing, the Abacos are blessed with turquoise water and white powdery sand beaches. Include Treasure Cay in your charter itinerary, where the private marina and golf course are a popular hub, or visit Little Harbour, where picture-perfect sunsets continually inspire the local resident artists. In the Abacos you will find no casinos or shopping malls, just relaxed waterfront restaurants surrounded by vast natural beauty. This is a spot to check in to island time and soak up the ultimate tranquility.
Hotspot: The Exumas
Possibly one of the most coveted sailing destinations in the world, the cruising grounds in the Exumas are sublime. A gathering point for visiting yachts is the hub of Staniel Cay, while Thunderball Grotto is a must for a unique snorkeling experience within the sunlit cave system. Wildlife thrives in the Exumas, with iguana-clad shores to wander at the Land and Sea Park, the chance to meet friendly nurse sharks in Compass Cay and local swimming pigs at Big Major Cay.
Hot yacht: SAMARA
At 80′ (24.4m) and a unique look that combines superyacht elegance with luxurious resort-style flare, SAMARA is an expedition-ready catamaran, created specifically for adventure. Exhibiting excellent sea-keeping qualities, nimble handling and large deck areas, she is primed for extended time on board, making worldwide cruising a straightforward possibility. Packed with advanced technology and extensive amenities normally found on a large monohull yacht, SAMARA’s multi-level design is ideal for cool island cruising.
Fair winds, culture and history – a yacht charter in New England delivers an access-all-areas opportunity to vacation in style. From relaxed seclusion on sheltered beaches to delicious cuisine in vibrant townships, this will be the trip of a lifetime. With a variety of fantastic yachts available through Ocean Independence, a summer yachting getaway in New England offers a safe and secure environment to island hop at leisure.
Hot spot: Nantucket
A firm favorite, Nantucket is a classic summer destination where gorgeous architecture and cobblestone streets make for a charming stop during a yacht charter getaway. Explore the vibrant downtown area with excellent restaurants and a waterfront vibe – it is no wonder that Nantucket attracts its fair share of famous faces. With miles of dreamy sand dunes, renowned lighthouses and around 700 shipwrecks that fashion a diver’s nirvana, this is not a spot to be missed.
Hotspot: Martha’s Vineyard
Martha’s Vineyard, simply put, is idyllic. Oozing a stylish laid-back feel, it is a hub for Insta-worthy snaps framing the eminent clay cliffs in Aquinnah. One of few organic golf courses in the US, the private Vineyard Club takes no prisoners across 235 challenging acres. Launch kayaks and paddleboards from your yacht’s garage at Long Cove Bay to discover the nearby wildlife refuge, or lounge on tranquil shores at Lobsterville Beach, where Vineyard Sound’s calm waters are ideal for floating, watersports and fishing.
Hot yacht: AVALON
At 150’11” (46m), the incredibly spacious and ultimately comfortable AVALON is a family-orientated yacht, ideal for those looking for a vacation in New England combining both relaxation and a little bit of action. Her energetic, professional and fun crew pride themselves on tailoring a charter so that guests feel instantly at home and leave with a host of unforgettable memories. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy time on the 42′ Jupiter equipped with full cabin, together with top tips from the captain, who is something of an expert!
Nicholas Dean is Managing Partner of Ocean Independence. Ocean Independence is a global leader in luxury yachting, providing a bespoke experience across yacht charter, sales and management.