Sailing is beneficial for many reasons, including muscle strength, endurance, cardiovascular fitness and relaxation. These benefits are taken to a whole new level when you’re sailing in scenic or infamous waters. Whether you’re looking for your next serious sailing adventure, a fun getaway with the kids or maybe even a sailboat race we’ve put together a list of some of the best destinations to hit the open sea and become the captain of your sailboat. You’ll be planning your excursion in no time.

Trips to Discover has a list of the world’s best destinations for sailing adventures, which includes quite a few places right here at home in the U.S. According to their list, you’ll want to include the Spice Islands, Catalina Island, California and Key West on your sailing bucket list. In all of these places, you’ll find the perfect escape from your everyday life.

If you’re looking to go international, look no further than this top 10 classic sailing adventures. Have you ever wanted to cruise the Nile River? Now you can! Rent a budget-friendly feluccas (small, traditional canvas-sailed boat) or dahabiyyas (luxurious houseboat) to cruise the river. These boats both use traditional sail power instead of engines so you spend more time on the river, and you’re able to stop at smaller islands for a greater experience.

When it comes to the U.S., the coast of Maine is absolutely stunning when it comes to sailing. Travel + Leisure has the best places to book a sailing day trip. If you’re in the area, be sure to call one of the boat companies listed on the site.

For some serious sailing envy, check out Cruising World’s list of the most beautiful charter and cruising destinations. From the Caribbean to Antarctica, the pictures alone will make you want to jump on a boat and hoist the sail.

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