What makes a great yachting town? Is it the proportion of salt to fresh air wafting through the streets? Or perhaps the ratio of people and houses on land to boats in the water? Does the Dark ‘n’ Stormy have to be the official town drink, served in bars and pubs adorned with burgees and half hulls? Every boater has their favorite town — where the marina feels like home, the sunset is picture-perfect, and the gulls always avoid the deck. But where is it? We’ve rounded up a list of 50 semi-finalists, and have opened the voting to determine the #1 waterfront town. We’ve also started a gallery of nominees for our 50 Best Yachting Towns in the World contest. And who knows? Maybe we’ll have to visit the winning town and throw its residents a congratulatory party.
Locate your favorite town using our 50 Best map!