Caribbean Sailing Vacations by Ed Hamilton

Which Cruising Ground Should I Choose
For My Mediterranean Bareboat or Crewed Charter?
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Bareboat: the most popular bareboat cruising grounds are Turkey (around Marmaris, Bodrum and Gocek) and Greece (Ionian, Sporades, Dodecanese). There are also popular bareboat fleets in the south of France, Croatia, Corsica and The Balearics. Boats are often older than those in the better Caribbean bareboat companies so it is best to avoid low priced companies. Flotilla charters are a very popular concept and can make cruising in a foreign country a lot easier. A lead boat supplied by the charter company cruises with a group of charter boats. Ask us for more information if this sounds interesting. Please give me details of suitable yachts.

Crewed: though crewed charters can start almost anywhere in both the western and eastern Mediterranean, the popular cruising grounds are the Balearics, south of France, Corsica, Italy (Tuscany, Bay of Naples), Sicily, Croatia, Greek Islands and Turkey. Please give me details of suitable yachts.

Chartering normally starts in early May and continues through mid October. Best to avoid late July and August, which is often crowded and can be hot.
Mediterranean Cruising grounds Compared:
WESTERN MED The Cote d'Azur, Corsica, Sardinia, Tuscany, Bay of Naples, Sicily, Balearic Islands and the coast of Spain - something for everyone.
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CROATIA                A sailing paradise of solitary and uninhabited inlets, abundant with unspoiled natural beauty.
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GREECE The Ionians and Sporades offer history, beautiful scenery , great sailing conditions and all the fun that goes with it.
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TURKEY                 Offers the longest sailing season in The Med, warm hospitality, great sailing and stunning beauty.
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Western Med:
The Cote d'Azur.
From the unique principality of Monaco, with its casinos, castles, movie stars and Grand Prix racing, to the spectacular beaches and night clubs of St. Tropez, this is the place to shop, party and be seen.

Corsica and Sardinia.
Cruise down the western Corsican Coast and the north east coast of Sardinia, for spectacular, rugged cliffs, clear water and ancient fortified towns while Porto Cervo, Bonifacio and Porto Rotondo bustle with activity.

Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast.
A fabulous mixture of lovely fishing villages, towering cliffs, dockside restaurants and history, plus the legendary islands of Ischia and Capri just offshore.

Sicily and The Aeolian Islands.
Experience southern Italy - dramatic, wild peaks, hot springs and volcanoes, plus cities like Syracusa with links back to ancient times.

Balearic Islands.
Three principle islands, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza, make up this cruising area, noted for its sunny climate, fine beaches, history and mixture of cultures. Mallorca's capital, Palma, has some interesting architecture from many different periods, including a fine castle and cathedral, but also boasts some excellent shopping. Ibiza is also full of history but is now known more for its incredible nightlife and fashionable clubs
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Croatia:
With hundreds of coves and bays on the islands along the coast , the Croatian Adriatic is a must for yacht lovers. From the northern islands of Krk, Cres and Rab, with their Italian influence to the southern islands of Brac, Hvar and Korcula, you will be sailing the Dalmation coast known for its 'thousand islands'. The sailing conditions are comfortable, mostly sheltered. Kornati national Park offers some of the most breathtaking cruising in The Mediterranean, with 150 islands of its own. As you sail the coast you will experience waterfalls, ancient ruins, villages, secluded beaches and anchorages. Winds in the summer average 10-20 knots. Please give me details of suitable yachts.
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Greece:
Ionians. These islands on the western side of Greece have many anchorages, varieties of fishing villages, nightlife, easy sailing and much to do ashore for adventure. You can swim off the famous island of Skorpios or go south to Odysseus's island of Ithaca with its breathtaking harbors and pretty taverns serving fabulous greek cuisine. Rent a scooter and explore the island more soaking in the lovely scenery. Go west to Cephalonia and enjoy its lakes, waterfalls and one of the finest beaches in Greece. Winds average 5-15 knots.

The islands on the eastern side of Greece can be divided into four groups; The Saronic, The Cyclades, The Dodecanese and The Sporades. The Saronic Gulf islands are closest to Athens, easy to get to and are less affected by the stronger August winds than the Cyclades. The Cyclades are what most people imagine when they think of a Greek Island. Whitewashed houses, pretty colors and beautiful views. Some of the larger islands are visited by cruise ships and are more touristy than people expect. The Dodecanese are just off Turkey and provide a bit of everything, without the crowds. We do not recommended sailing from here to Turkey due to the paperwork required. The Sporades are north of The Cyclades and less affected by tourism. This is a popular destination for bareboat charterers. Please give me details of suitable yachts.
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Turkey:
TURKEY Most southern of the med sailing areas, allows Turkey a longer sailing season.
Most charters start in the north in Bodrum, which is referred to as the St. Tropez of Turkey due to its sophisticated restaurants, boutiques, bazaars and open air discos. As you sail south you will enter the Dorian Guld where you can stop at Ekincik and visit the ancient ruins of Caunus. Further down is the Lycian Coast where you will find the sailors paradise called Fethiye Bay. It is filled with multitude of islands and inlets to explore. Swim and snorkel in the clear water or climb to the Lycian tombs and enjoy the stunning views of the anchorage below. Along your way you will be greeted with open arms by the local people.
They are well known for wanting you to share their music and dance and to simply have a wonderful time. Winds average 10-20 from the WNW. Please give me details of suitable yachts.
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