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Sailing Vacation

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The breeze in your hair, the brilliant yellow and orange sun crossing the horizon unobstructed, delicious meals prepared by your own chef: these are just some of the luxuries offered by a sailing vacation. Sailing vacations can be a great way to be alone, such as on your honeymoon or to bond with family or co-workers. Sailboats are relaxing. Pick your own itinerary and change it later if you wish, and they can take you to those remote spots inaccessible to cruise ships and large commercial jets.

Sail to Exotic Destinations
The Bahamas, that collection of islands just off the Florida coast, offer a myriad of pristine snorkeling and diving spots, friendly inhabitants, and creative cuisine. Farther south, The Caribbean Islands, from Puerto Rico to Aruba, offer a mixture of cultures, topography, ports, and delicious local food. Explore small islands, like Iles des Saintes, barely touched by tourists. Or, experience some of the world's best diving and snorkeling in the Cayman Islands, or off of Bonaire.

Closer to home, New England and the Great Lakes offer spectacular sailing. From the peaceful lakeside communities of Lake Superior through the Welland Canal to Niagara Falls and the vibrant city of Toronto, spring, summer, and fall along America's north coast is lovely. Sail down the East Coast for fresh lobster dinners, picturesque fishing villages, and whale watching.

Sailing around the Hawaiian Islands offers a unique way to see America's tropical paradise. With a sailboat vacation, there's no packing and unpacking, flying off to another island, and checking in and out of hotels. Your sailboat is your hotel and it moves peacefully from island to island.

Sailing Together
Sailboat vacations offer an ideal way to spend a family vacation. There's something for everyone--from snorkeling off of a remote beach to enjoying the latest bestseller in cut-off shorts on the deck. Sailing is also a great way to escape the hectic pace of the holidays.

Sailboats may be reserved with or without a crew. If you already are an experienced sailor, you can charter a "bareboat" sailboat and take it out on your own. If you prefer to leave the work to someone else, you can charter a crewed sailboat. The crew, generally, consists of a captain, one or more mates, and a cook to create culinary masterpieces for you three times a day in the tiny, galley kitchen.

Reserve your sailing vacation with a travel agent or via a specialty sailing tour operator. Many online sailing operators list details and pictures of available sailboats on their websites. Some even offer virtual tours of the boats. One call can take care of all your reservations: airfare, transportation to and from the ship, the boat charter, and any accommodations you might need before and after the cruise. Consider chartering a sailboat for a unique, relaxed, and enjoyable vacation.

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