When Is The Yachting Season in The Mediterranean & How Long Is It?
It is beneficial for both yacht owners and yacht concierge companies to understand how seasonality affects regional yachting activity. You need this information to schedule yard times, plan vacations, develop yacht charter programs, and anticipate demand for your vessel. Yacht maintenance programs and crew placement are also affected by finite yachting seasons, especially in the Mediterranean region. So, how long is the Mediterranean yacht season?
Mediterranean Summer Cruising
The Mediterranean yacht season starts around April and May and lasts until the autumn months, finishing around September and October. Unlike in the Caribbean yacht season, the yachting season and yacht charter season in The Mediterranean is typically affected by cold winter weather. In many regions of Europe, winter brings low or even freezing temperatures and snow which are typical conditions for a yacht vacation.
Charter guests are not only seeking out warmer weather, but also unique cultural experiences at popular ports like Croatia and Montenegro, the French Riviera, Malta, Sicily, the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and other popular yachting destinations around the Mediterranean Sea.
Yachts are typically crewing up in the early months, even as early as March. Peak Mediterranean yacht charter season runs from April to October, with July and August being the busiest months.
The Mediterranean Yacht Charter Season
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Winter Season in The Caribbean
The colder winter months see a decrease in charters to the Mediterranean. Instead, plenty of yachts go across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean with many of them attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) which typically takes place at the end of October.
While the Caribbean is the traditional hang out spot for the jet-set elite, more and more yacht owners and charter guests are going to more unconventional yachting destinations. Asia is emerging as a popular destination with Thailand being the standout. The Indian Ocean in Africa is also attracting visitors with The Seychelles being a in-demand destination.
Unique Charter Getaways For The Holidays
Not everyone leaves the Mediterranean in the winter months. Some yacht owners and charter guests want to spend their winter holiday season in Europe. They may crave a change in weather or even white snow. Those who choose to stay in the Mediterranean during winter can experience world-class shopping and plenty of cultural holiday events on shore.
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