What are the Best Locations for Boating Holidays?

While a traditional holiday can be a rejuvenating break, a growing number of travellers are choosing to forego the all-inclusive in favour of a boating holiday.  

Boating holidays combine the leisure of sailing with the thrill of discovering new destinations and cultures. Whether you own your boat or hope to rent one Below Deck-style, here are some of the best locations for a boating holiday. 

What are the different types of boat holiday?

Boating holidays vary widely but some of the main types include:

  • Self-drive boating: You can drive your boat and dock in the harbour or marina at your leisure, without being held to rigid check-in and check-out times. It’s also an easy way to save money compared to paying for the boat and a crew. Having adequate boat insurance could provide you with some protection if you’re relatively inexperienced in foreign waters.
  • Crewed charters: If you opt for a crewed charter, the boat comes with staff, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the ride. You’ll get a skipper and – depending on how luxurious the vessel is – sometimes even a chef or steward.   
  • Sailing holidays: These holidays are for those who love the thrill of sailing under the wind’s power at sea or in large lakes.

What are the best destinations for a boating holiday

Corfu, Greece

Corfu, in the heart of the Ionian Sea, is renowned for its stunning coastal scenery and crystal-clear waters.

You can explore numerous secluded coves, visit the picturesque Old Town of Corfu (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and enjoy brilliant local cuisine. 


Croatia’s coastline is one of the most popular boating destinations in Europe, famous for its clear Adriatic waters and more than a thousand islands. 

The region offers a mix of modern marinas and preserved historical towns like Dubrovnik and Split.

Sailing here allows you to discover hidden beaches, ancient ruins and luscious national parks. If you enjoy swimming, you’ll be able to snorkel and dive to your heart’s content! 

South of France

The French Riviera is a top choice if you’re looking for a glamorous boating holiday.

Cities like Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez are hotspots for boaters, providing world-class harbours alongside chic boutiques and upscale restaurants.


Italy’s extensive coastline includes some of the Mediterranean’s most desirable boating spots, like the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily.

The Amalfi Coast offers dramatic scenery with its cliffside villages and turquoise waters while Sardinia and Sicily have gorgeous beaches and ancient archaeological sites. 

Final thoughts… 

Whether it’s the freedom to explore secluded coves or the charm of ancient maritime cities, a boating holiday is an ideal choice for the modern adventurer. Where will you go next?