Five Incredible Islands To Inspire Your Inner Sailor

Vancouver, BC | Posted: July 24th, 2018

There is nothing quite like sailing. The freedom of choosing your course, exploring hidden beaches, and breathing in the fresh sea breeze. The thrill you get from discovering a place that few have come across, keeps you coming back for more! Once you start sailing, there are few things you’d rather do.

Whether you’ve been sailing all your life, or you’ve just gotten your sea legs, these places will inspire you to spend more time aboard and fuel your inner explorer.


Santa Catalina Island, California

Santa Catalina Island Located 20 miles off the coast of California, Santa Catalina Island is a stunningly beautiful desert island. Its rustic beauty draws sailors from all over to explore. The Catalina Island Conservancy protects 85% of the island, and visitors can spot bison as they roam on land, and even whales off the island’s shores. The island boasts one town and sprawling natural beauty. It is the perfect place to test out your sailing skills.



The picturesque island of Aruba is located 15-miles north of Venezuela and is a cultural melting pot. Cactus scatters the landscapes, and pink flamingos frequent its shores. Located on the outside of the hurricane belt, the island is a perfect destination for those sailing during the off-season.

In its beautiful capital Oranjestad, visitors will delight in the bright colours of the buildings, the exciting nightlife, and picture-perfect beaches. If you’re a diver, this island is known for its accessible shore dive sites.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent

Of the 32 islands in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines group, only nine islands are inhabited.

As you sail through this world-class destination, you’ll discover tranquil beaches, lush green rainforests, colourful reef systems, and glistening turquoise lagoons. The scenery is breathtaking, and the sailing is equally so. You’ll be greeted by an abundance of wildlife and sealife, vibrant culture, and memories to come.

Azores, Portugal


The historic Azores Island off the coast of Portugal has long been the first mark of land for sailors crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Its landscapes are jaw-dropping, and when arriving by boat, you’ll initiate yourself into a sea-faring club you never knew existed. The lands are filled with exciting active adventures including cave exploring, canyoning, hiking, and the seas are perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, paragliding, and so much more! One thing is for certain; once you land in the Azores, you’ll never want to leave.

Rhodes, Greece

RhodesBrace yourself for unbelievable sunsets, rocky coastlines, and pleasant sailing conditions in Rhodes, Greece. The island sits closer to Turkey than mainland Greece and holds a vast history. Rhodes is home to Europe’s oldest inhabited medieval town, and its landscapes stand out among the other Greek Islands. Spend your days on land exploring the ancient fortress, villages, and breathtaking views.

Whether you’re exploring North America, the Caribbean, or Europe, there are inspiring islands all over the world. You only need to put on your boat shoes, grab your passport, and set sail! If you’d rather be a passenger than a captain, check out our Boards & Boats Collection for more inspiration!


Sarah Lafontaine

Sarah is a travel writer, citizen of the world and lover of the Pacific Northwest and tacos. When not writing she can be found searching for her next travel destination or exploring with her dog, Otto.

Read about her adventures on her blog Sarah Seize the World and follow her on Instagram @sarahseizetheworld

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