Desirable Destinations

We editors sure do get around. Each year we travel all over the globe for boat tests, new-vessel launches, boat shows, plant tours, press events, and more. (Phew!)

Hey—we're not compaining. Although we've been known on occasion to forget what time zone we're in (and a passport, here and there), we get to see some really cool places and cruise some of the most amazing waterways in the

Emerald Bay

You'd be hard-pressed to find a yacht owner who hasn't heard of or been to the Exumas. This Bahamian chain has been a favorite destination for decades, for good reason: crystal-clear waters, natural harbors, and, equally important, serenity. There are so many mostly uninhabited islands—the tourism board says there's essentially one for each day of the

Desirable Destination: Abaco, Bahamas

Far Away but so Close to Home | February

Great Abaco Island is a large, crescent-shape island protected from the Atlantic Ocean along her eastern flanks by a string of barrier islands. Between the dozens of islets and the "mainland" (as some locals refer to Great Abaco) lies the Sea of Abaco, a stretch of azure water that will

Desirable Destination: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

New Year, New You | January

I'd been told that after I landed at Tortola's Beef Island Airport, I must get to my destination in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) via boat. Even if you're staying on Tortola, the throngs of vacationers who wisely chose the BVIs to kick off the new year recommended I opt for the ferry. I immediately

Desirable Destination: Costa Rica

Springtime Retreat | April

For many boaters April is an okay month to be on the water. While there are some nice days, consistently great boating weather is in short supply stateside. But there’s an alternative that offers consistently warm and sunny days and placid waters to calm the nerves in April. It’s a Pacific coast

Desirable Destination: Massachusetts

Timeless Beauty | June

Quite honestly, I enjoy cruising just about anywhere in Massachusetts during the summer, which is one of the reasons I’ve been doing it my whole life. (I was also born and raised there, but that’s beside the point.) From the quaintness of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to the historic-laden shores of

Desirable Destination: Washington, DC

Cruising the Capital | July

As you pass under the George Mason Memorial Bridge and see the tidal basin off your starboard bow, you’ll start to spot them through the trees. First comes Jefferson. Then Roosevelt. Then Lincoln. If you look a little farther inland, you can see the top of Washington. (I am referring to the monuments,

Desirable Destination: Montauk, Long Island

Fallin' for the East End | September

It amazes me that no matter what the weather forecast is on Labor Day weekend, Long Island’s South Shore waterways are jam packed. It appears that this is everyone’s last hurrah of summer. Then on the Tuesday following this long weekend, the sounds of TraveLifts hauling boats for winter

Desirable Destination: Hudson River, New York

The Richness of America's Rhine | October

Golden hues of burgundy, orange, and brown cling to the treetops, and the smells of apples and pumpkins fill the air. Get the hot cocoa ready because there’s a chill in the air. October on New York’s Hudson River is a leaf peeper’s paradise.

Watch the landscape change from

Desirable Destination: Half Moon Caye, Belize

Back of Beyond | November

Belize is justly famed for subtropical ecotouristic jaunts, diving along the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, and other far-flung adventures. Much of the country’s mangrove-fringed coast is sparsely inhabited, and it’s common to gunkhole for days without seeing a soul. But beyond all the

Desirable Destination: St. Barts

The Cannes of the Caribbean | December

See if any of the following sounds familiar: You tune in to “Access Hollywood” ostensibly to keep track of who your kids think are cool, but in reality, you do it to see if Diddy will show pictures from his latest charter vacation. You circle names in the Forbes 400 list based on who owns a

Desirable Destination: Berry Islands, Bahamas

Bahama Mama | March

Chester," I yelled in order to be heard above the static of a bad cellphone connection. It crackled all the way to Little Harbor Cay, an ocean-washed coral postage stamp Chester and his mother Florence Darville call home, halfway down the remote, crescent-shape chain of Bahamian islets called the Berry Islands.

Desirable Destination: Monaco

The Magnificent Med | May

Think of Monaco, and if you’re of a certain generation, more than likely you recall the wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. You may even remember that a few days before the two ceremonies in 1956 (one civil, one religious), the Hollywood actress and her wedding party sailed into the harbor aboard