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Yacht Charter Destinations Away From the Limelight

By Louise Marsh   1 August 2013

Yachts are fantastic hiding places for celebrities and the rich and famous from prying paparazzi. So where do they go to avoid the limelight?

Ok, so you may not be a Hollywood A-Lister, but we all like our privacy and some peace and quiet from time to time. These top five luxury yacht charter destinations are far out of the limelight and easy to access on a luxury charter yacht.

Corsica and Sardinia
The Mediterranean is a fantastic yacht charter destination to enjoy in the summer, but be careful to avoid those places, such as Ibiza and the Spanish Costas, that will be overflowing with tourists.

Fortunately, both Corsica and Sardinia are still mostly under the radar for most tourists and can guarantee peace and tranquility.

In Corsica, the cities of Porto Veccio, Bastia and Calvi deliver cosmopolitan glamour, but the island is also home to spectacular cruising grounds with secluded bays, dramatic coastlines, alabaster beaches and quaint fishing villages.

The South of France
It is important to plan your visit to the South of France carefully. In high season the coastline becomes overrun, much to the despair of the locals. It is better to wait until September, when the sun will still be warm but you will be able to find some sheltered bays.

The South of France is a popular area for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from David Niven, Brigitte Bardot and Jack Nicholson to Leonardo DiCaprio. Sir Alex Ferguson has also been known to enjoy his summers here.

The places to moor your yacht are plentiful, but Monaco and Antibes are the best examples.

Enjoy lunch at the Cours Saleya in Nice, explore the historic town of St Paul de Vence and bask in the rose-tinted light of Eze. You can also take your charter yacht across the border to Italy and discover San Remo and Portofino.

As the high season ebbs away and summer gives way to autumn, the crowds leave St Mark’s Square letting you see Venice in a new light.

Venice is a dream charter yacht destination, with its hundreds of islands within the lagoon. Sit and enjoy a unique view of the city’s beautiful architecture from on board.

The setting for so many films, it is no wonder it is a legendary city. Katherine Hepburn discovered love here in Summer Madness, Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie starred in the chilling ghost story Don’t Look Now and Dirk Bogarde contemplated his Death in Venice.

The islands are roughly 1000 miles north of the Caribbean, and although not guaranteed to be hot all year round, they are nonetheless a haven of tranquility and peace.

Home to one of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones' many abodes, Bermuda is a beautiful place with lots to explore and plenty to keep you busy.

Luxury yacht charter itineraries can begin at the north-eastern tip of the island where the town of St George’s is protected by the Castle Harbour with St David’s lighthouse.

Saint Barthélemy
Desperate to escape the grey and cold in the northern hemisphere? Fed up of sneezing. coughing and the constant battle to keep warm? Why not jet off to the Caribbean where you can rub shoulders with A-listers and bask in the glorious sunshine.

Charter a luxury yacht in St. Bart’s the chicest Caribbean island and Christmas and New Year here is a mad time. The energy here during the festive season is incredible. A longtime resident even says "It’s like the whole island is Studio 54 at its peak."

Another popular vacation spot for celebrities, Paul McCartney, Sting, Johnny Halliday and Beyonce are all regular visitors.

So where will you be cruising off to next? Contact your yacht charter broker for itinerary information and yacht availability at these fabulous destinations.

Venice is a dream charter yacht destination, with its hundreds of islands within the lagoon. Sit and enjoy a unique view of the city’s beautiful architecture from on board.

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