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The Best Sailing Vacations for Exploring Beautiful Beaches

Pristine licks of sand curve around the world’s most incredible tropical islands. From Bora Bora to the Bahamas, these dazzlingly beautiful beaches are best explored by yacht.
Mark Nayler
18 Mar 2022
Ready to discover the most remote, unspoilt archipelagos on the planet? These eight-day sailing holidays from TRIPS by Culture Trip feature a succession of spotless and secluded beaches. Travelling as part of a small group, you’ll swim in deserted Caribbean coves, snorkel in the warm waters of the Seychelles and tan on uninhabited islands in the Bahamas. Here’s our pick of the top sailing holidays for beach lovers.
1 . Swim, kayak and stand-up paddleboard off white sand beaches in the British Virgin Islands
Drop anchor off palm-shaded White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, your first beach stop on this fully catered sailing adventure through the BVIs. Swim among bobbing yachts before grabbing a seat at the Soggy Dollar Bar for a pre-lunch tipple; their rum-based painkiller cocktail is legendary. Most activities on this trip centre on sugar-white beaches, from kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding off Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island to turtle spotting off Guana Island. You’ll also meet the pink flamingos of Anegada.
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2 . Explore Bora Bora, beaches and more on this voyage around French Polynesia
Star in your own version of Cast Away (2000) on this sailing expedition around French Polynesia, a remote collection of archipelagos in the South Pacific. After snorkelling the barrier reef around Bora Bora and visiting a black pearl farm on Raiatea, you’ll wind up on the quiet island of Huahine. Snorkel, swim and paddleboard off Ana Iti beach, a sliver of white sand backed by dense greenery. After that, sail down the island’s south coast to Avea Bay, another white-and-turquoise lagoon with bars dotted along the sand.
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3 . Enjoy a beach barbecue on an uninhabited island while sailing around the Grenadines
Deserted beaches are a mainstay of this upscale sailing holiday around the Grenadines. Swim in the most secluded coves of Mayreau, a lush island with a population of less than 300, before gliding alongside sea turtles in the warm, shallow waters of Tobago Cays, an uninhabited archipelago. You’ll also have the chance to tuck into a barbecue on the wild shoreline of Le Petit Tabac, a tiny, human-free island that featured in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
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4 . Admire rock formations and meet giant sea tortoises on these deserted Seychelles beaches
Striking granite boulders scatter the pale, empty beaches of the Seychelles, as you’ll discover on this nautical odyssey. The islands of Grande Soeur and Praslin provide plenty of opportunities for tanning on untouched sands and swimming or snorkelling in balmy waters. You’ll also visit Cousine Island, a former coconut and cinnamon plantation that has transformed into a bird-spotter’s paradise; swim with tropical fish in Sainte Anne Marine Park; and meet the only wild population of aldabra giant tortoises in the world.
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5 . Explore over 30 secluded Bahamas beaches on this Caribbean boat journey
This yachting holiday around the Bahamas includes chill-out time on the unsullied sands of Norman’s Cay, a long, thin island once used as a hideout by the Medellín drug cartel in the 1970s and ‘80s. On the much larger Warderick Wells Cay, there are over 30 equally picturesque beaches to choose from, most of which feature snorkelling spots that teem with colourful marine residents. You’ll share the white sands of Allen Cay with tame rock iguanas, a critically endangered species only found in the Bahamas.
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