When it comes to the world’s two most popular yachting destinations, it is hotly debated amongst yachties as to which season is the best; from the tanning capabilities and long lunch options to day off adventures, everyone has their reasons for a favourite.
Life’s better in the sun
For the Caribbean season, think tropical bikinis on white sandy beaches whilst cooling off under the palms with an exotic cocktail (days off allowing…). Between November and April, there is limited rainfall and the days are warm and sunny ending with early sunsets giving the perfect excuse for a sundowner after work. From May through to September, the Mediterranean boasts hot, dry sophisticated summers. The long European summer evenings are perfect for exploring after work or hosting a dock BBQ. If you have bagged a dual season yacht then you have won the year-long tanning lottery and can get the best of both, if not, at least you can bet half the year will be sunny…
Days off for the culture vultures
Home to some of the most ancient cities in the world and steeped in history the Mediterranean can provide you some great cultural and historical experiences on a day off, from monuments, ruins to museums. Although the Caribbean has a more laid back lifestyle with emphasis on relaxation, there are still interesting UNESCO status towns to visit and various colonial history to explore.
Variety is the spice of life
Depending on which island you have a day off on in the Caribbean there is a range of things to keep you occupied from beach days, long (cocktail fuelled) lunches, all the water sports to road trips exploring each bit of the island. From walking around ancient ruins, lunching in a modern metropolis, exploring vineyards in the countryside to cafe hopping around cobbled streets there is always plenty of varied things to do on a day off in the Mediterranean.
Foodies will be in heaven
Found high up on the scale of gourmet food, Mediterranean cuisine has also been earmarked to be amongst the healthiest diet in the world. Picture perfect deli’s, plentiful markets and bakery’s galore, there is a vast array of produce and plenty of world class restaurants to try out. There is also the added bonus of various vineyards and breweries scattered around the continent. Meanwhile, the tropical vegetables and fruits, fresh seafood and exotic cocktail combinations are the Caribbeans trademark. There is nothing like eating fresh lobster in a beachside restaurant and not a day will go by outside the Caribbean where you don’t crave an Antiguan style roti.
The landscapes are breathtaking
Out of the porthole in the Caribbean, you can see endearing coral sands, towering coconut palms surrounded by glistening waters. Depending where you are within the islands, off the boat, you can see UNESCO status towns full of colour, dramatic volcanic peaks, vibrant tropical flowers or lush rainforests. Although the Mediterranean is a lot more urbanised, you can be docked in an idyllic port town with a dramatic coastline. When it comes to exploring there is so much variety, from olive groves, vineyards, mountain ranges to active volcanoes. On a day off there are so many old vs new opportunities, taking the panoramic view from the top of a century old cathedral and in the same street find a modern rooftop bar at the top of a building.
Theres still work to do
No matter where you are, theres still work to do, but your work days will differ depending on the season. For chefs, provisioning in the Caribbean can prove to be a bit more difficult, flying produce in from the US or Europe, meanwhile in the Mediterranean guests tend to dine out more because of the restaurant options. Whilst the deck crew battle between intermittent Caribbean rain showers or the red rain of Europe. Back inside the boat, the boat interior won’t change on the seasons, but having conch shells as your table setting may be slightly off trend in the Mediterranean. Whether its a Caribbean or a Mediterranean, marinas need booking, anchorages need finding and impossible needs must be made possible for every request.