Ro­man­tic sail­ing des­ti­na­tions

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: BETSY CROWFOOT

Whether you are plan­ning your hon e ymoon, a sur­prise for your spe­cial some­one, or any other ro­man­tic get­away, noth­ing says ro­mance like se­cluded beaches, golden sun­sets, cham­pagne, and a pri­vate yacht un­der your feet. Let us whisk you away to five pas­sion­ate places that will surely im­press the ob­ject of your af­fec­tion.

Tobago Cays – Does the dream of a stir­ring sail on a lively cobalt sea get your blood run­ning? Set course on an in­vig­o­rat­ing reach from St. Vin­cent, then pick up a moor­ing in­side Horse­shoe Reef: a cres­cent of white foam sep­a­rat­ing your lit­tle piece of paradise from the roar­ing At­lantic. Calm and pro­tected, you swim with tur­tles and rays, and loll on deck bliss­fully while Boat Boys in col­or­ful dinghies de­liver drinks and pro­vi­sions. Rest up: it’s a brac­ing sail back to St. Vin­cent, where an is­land of ex­plo­ration awaits.

Aba­cos – Sur­prise your loved one with a stress-free get­away to the Aba­cos. These north­ern­most is­lands of the Ba­hamas ar­chi­pel­ago are just an hour from Florida’s east coast; per­fect if a long week­end is all you can squeeze in. Cruise the scat­tered slen­der isles abreast Marsh Har­bor and en­joy ro­man­tic strolls on end­less white sandy beaches. Ven­ture to Hope Town, a charm­ing is­land set­tle­ment where you can rent bikes to ex­plore the windswept turf by day, the bars and restau­rants at night.

Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands – The BVI is party cen­tral! Don’t come here for solitude; but if you want to meet new friends and en­joy the ca­ma­raderie of other sailors from around the world, this post­card­like set­ting is the place. De­spite hur­ri­cane dam­age, the BVI is up and run­ning and as beau­ti­ful as ever. Famed bars have been re­built, and the nightlife grand. Dance your­selves into a lather at Foxy’s (or any of a dozen iconic beach bars) and zip back to the boat for a moon­light skinny dip in the balmy wa­ters. We won’t tell.

French Poly­ne­sia – Fra­grant breezes that ca­ress your skin. Juicy ripe fruits that run down your chin. The pul­sat­ing beat of the lively mu­sic. Coral reefs sprin­kled with a con­fetti of fish. French Poly­ne­sia en­gages ev­ery one of your senses, as you pad­dle, hike, dive and ex­plore the bounty of one exotic is­land af­ter an­other. Evoke the an­cient Poly­ne­sian voy­agers, with the wind and the stars as your guide. Get into the rhythm of the trop­ics, in Tonga or Tahiti.

Gre­nada – Your bond­ing break soars to new heights in Gre­nada: the ad­ven­ture is­land. Swim in tepid seas in the morn­ing and rinse off in a cool wa­ter­fall in the af­ter­noon. All told, this lush 134-square-mile is­land of­fers a ridicu­lous amount of op­por­tu­ni­ties for to­geth­er­ness: sail, swim, hike, bike, fish, kayak, river tube, play golf, cricket and ten­nis. You can even snorkel or dive on an un­der­wa­ter sculp­ture gar­den.

What to do with that hearty ap­petite you’ve worked up? Well it is the Spice Is­land, so belly up. This Gar­den of Eden hosts a bounty of fruits, veg­eta­bles and spices, which lo­cal restau­ra­teurs aren’t shy about us­ing. www.moor­

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