The Best Beaches for Boating
Whether you own or charter, these beaches are a must for boating enthusiasts.
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Salt Whistle Bay, Grenadines
St. Vincent and the Grenadines are a magnet for boaters, as this small island nation just south of St. Lucia is comprised of 32 islands. You’ll find laid-back Salt Whistle Bay on the island of Mayreau, which is the least populated in the chain. Spend your time swimming, kitesurfing and lounging on the sandy beach, then mosey over to one of the beach shacks selling fresh lobster. The Salt Whistle Bay Club is no longer open, but between casual stalls and a beach bar, it’s still an idyllic Caribbean escape.
Descanso Beach, California
Navagio (Shipwreck Beach), Greece
Cote d’Or Beach (Anse Volbert), Seychelles
Sailing the Seychelles should be on every boater’s bucket list. This small archipelago off the East African coast is a wild tropical paradise teeming with protected wildlife and a biodiverse ecosystem. There’s no shortage of gold-standard beaches here, and Cote d’Or Beach, also known as Anse Volbert, is no exception. You’ll find a perfect long white stretch that makes this Praslin Island beach popular, but not overly crowded. It’s also ideal for watersports, whether swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing. Best yet, you don’t need to leave the beach for food and drink before reboarding your boat.
Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Butterfly Valley Beach, Turkey
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Take your pick of empty beaches at this remote paradise 70 miles west of Key West, which makes for the perfect boat outing. Choose from Garden Key, also home to the 19th century Fort Jefferson, or Loggerhead Key, which offers a lighthouse and shipwrecks. Either way, both are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving among protected coral reefs, where you can spot nurse sharks, reef squid and sea turtles. The Dry Tortugas are also excellent for kayaking and paddleboarding, as long as you BYOE (bring your own equipment). Actually, you’ll need to bring your own supplies in general, including food, water and gas.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
This tiny island village near Budva is a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to the five-star Aman Sveti Stefan. Unfortunately the 15th century village is restricted to hotel guests only, but the beaches aren’t. The isthmus sliver that connects the island to the mainland contains two small tidy beaches: one that’s open to the public for a nominal fee, and one that’s overseen by Aman for a heftier sum. Either way, both beaches have front-row views of the one-time fishing village and its red-roofed cottages. While away the afternoon swimming (there are lifeguards on duty), then decompress with a leisurely meal at one of the nearby restaurants.