December’s 11 best yachting destinations are here and if you are planning on taking your Magnum Marine craft out on the waters this December, be sure to keep reading! From gorgeous scenery to swimmable waters this top 11 list considers it all. We can’t wait to hear from all of you about where you yacht this December!
1. Whitsundays Island
Weather. Australia’s Whitsundays Islands are the ideal destination for yachting in December with an average daily high of 29c (84f) and a low of 24c (75f).
The Whitsundays. The Whitsundays are a collection of 74 islands located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Famous for having white sandy beaches, lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and the opportunity to snorkel or dive in the Great Barrier Reef.
2. St Vincent
Popular Destination. Originally named “Hairoun,” which means “Land of the Blessed” in Caribe, St. Vincent is truly an authentic Caribbean gem. With a diverse landscape, St. Vincent has everything adventurous travelers could ask for – hiking trails, botanical gardens, an active volcano, beautiful beaches, and excellent diving locations.
Made up of 32 islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an ideal yachting spot. Along with the exciting activities, St. Vincent has many beaches and cays where you can anchor and lay out in the sun.
Weather. When yachting in December in St Vincent the average weather is a high of 30c (86f) and an average low of 25c (77f). St Vincent is ideal for yachting in December with over 9 hours of sunshine a day and the water temperature averaging 28c (82f).
3. Puerto Rico
Destinations. Puerto Rico is a small island with over 270 miles of glorious coastline with white sandy beaches. The Caribbean island is a US territory, with luscious forests, beaches, natural wonders, heritage, delicious flavors, a dynamic culture, colonial architecture, cultural events, and adventurous activities. Puerto Rico is perfect for yachting in December is the perfect time to visit.
Weather. Puerto Rico has 8 hours of sunshine a day in December with an average high of 28c (82f), and an average low of 22c (72f). These temperatures and an average water temperature of 27c (80f), make it ideal for yachting in December with great spots for snorkeling and swimming.
Weather. Grenada is the ideal location to go yachting in December, with an average temperature between 28c (82f) and 24c (76f).
Grenada. With beautiful mountains, unique fauna and flora, lakes, and an abundance of wildlife, Grenada has something for everyone. In addition to its deep colonial history, Grenada is an island of volcanic origin. This gives it a wonderfully interesting landscape of rocky coastline and beaches set against bright green foliage and rich vegetation.
Coupled with the amazing scenery, the island is home to armadillos, mona monkeys, and mockingbirds. The marine life is also present in abundance, Grenada’s waters are full of colorful coral reefs, seagrass beds – making it ideal for snorkeling and yachting in December.
5. New Caledonia
Weather. New Caledonia has a tropical climate with hot and humid summer months (November to March) and cooler drier winter months (June to August).
New Caledonia is a great place to go yachting in December with the average weather in December having temperatures ranging from 28c (82f) to 22c (72f) in the evening. The islands average 7 hours of sunshine a day with the sea temperature reaching 25c (77f), which is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Island. Located within the Southwest Pacific, off the coast of eastern Australia, and is a French overseas territory. New Caledonia is a small collection of islands, islets all filled with beautiful natural scenery, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the form of lagoons, landscapes, and culture. New Caledonia is a great place to go yachting in December and these are some of the islands worth visiting;
- Grande Terre (largest and main island)
- Loyalty Islands
- Chesterfield Islands
- Belep archipelago
- Isle of Pines
Wind and Weather Conditions. When going yachting in December in Guadeloupe the average weather tends to stay at between 30c (86f) and 20c (69 f)
Places to Visit. Guadeloupe is a small butterfly-shaped island that is split into two main islands and connected by a bridge. The two islands are called Base-Terre and Grande-Terre, these two islands along with over 12 other islands make up the area of Guadeloupe.
Basse-Terre is a volcanic island with mountains and beautiful beaches, and Grande-Terre is flat with rolling hills and picturesque coastlines. Great places to visit when yachting in December are Pointe-a-Pitre, Marie Galante, Les Saintes, Islet Gosier.
7. British Virgin Islands
Winter Sun. The British Virgin Islands are a great winter sun yachting destination. December is a great time to take a yacht in the BVI as high season has got into full swing and hurricane season has finished. The BVI is one of the best places to go yachting in December.
Weather In December. The BVI’s weather makes it one of the best places to go yachting in December. The average high for the month is 83f (28c) and the average low is 76f (24c), although rainfall can occur it is rare at this time of year.
Peak Season. The peak yachting time in the BVI is between December and April, with private boats venturing from the Mediterranean across the ocean, bringing more boats and tourists to the area.
In December the majority of these boats have only just begun to arrive from the Mediterranean in preparation for the high season later in the month, which means the BVI is beginning to get busier.
Weather. Thailand is an excellent year-round yachting destination with the year split into two seasons – wet and dry season or SW and NE monsoon seasons. It is one of the best places to go yachting in December as it is the beginning of the northeast monsoon season (November – April). This is considered the dry season with dry and sunny conditions and average temperatures remaining between 31 – 23c (87-73f).
Thailand. Thailand is one of the best places to go yachting in December with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, on islands waiting to be explored with tropical rainforests, world-class marinas, famous bays, and thriving resort towns.
Weather In December. The Bahamas is one of the best places to go yachting in December with an average high of 78f (25c) and an average low of 64f (17c). The water stays at a comfortable 79f (26c).
The Bahamas. 200 km of island paradise; Gentle winds and easy yachting conditions allow guests to enjoy some of the finest scuba-diving spots in the world.
Weather In December. Tenerife is one of the best places to go yachting in December if you want to reach a warm climate but don’t want to travel across the Atlantic.
Tenerife has an average high of 68f (20c) and an average low of 54f (12c)
Tenerife. This volcanic island has endless mountain ranges, great for hiking and exploring. Each year millions of tourists descend on the island for holidays, in addition, to yachting and exploring what the island has to offer.
Weather In December. Cuba is a great place to go yachting in December with an average high temperature of 26c (79f) with 7 hours of sunlight a day and a low of 16c (61f) at night. Cuba is a great place to go yachting in December!
Cuba. With over 300 white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, and quaint coastal towns, Cuba has exactly what you need for a lovely winter getaway. Cuba is one of the best places to go yachting in December with a one-of-a-kind culture filled with life, music, and color.