Destinations

Destinations

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

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

Casa de Campo

The Casa de Campo Yacht Club takes center stage in the 356-slip marina.

Several years ago I was introduced to Casa de Campo, through word of mouth from a friend who owned property there. He couldn’t stop talking about the lovely grounds, but he was particularly effusive about how he’d take his boats, a 121-foot custom yacht and a

Top 10 Dock-and-Dine-Restaurants in America

What greater pleasure can there be than easing into a dock after spending a day cruising the waters of a beautiful locale and enjoying an elegant dinner alfresco or in the fine dining room of a renowned restaurant? The restaurants listed below are among the premier spots to enjoy just such an experience. They not only offer convenient docking facilities and breathtaking waterfront views, but also

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