One of the best things about chartering a yacht is that you can reach places other vacations simply can't reachRemote islands, distant reefs, stunning wildlife, ancient cultures: whatever floats your boat, it's out there somewhere.
So why not leave the herds behind on the crowded beaches and over-stuffed quays and cast your net further afield? Here's a snapshot of just some of the best cruising grounds on the planet
Alaska : Take helicopter trips over glaciers, visit steaming hot springs, spot killer whales, go hiking, or fishing you won't run out of amazing things to do.
Baja Peninsula : The fantastic juxtaposition of desert and ocean means clear water for snorkelling. Swim with friendly seals or kayak through the mangrove forests.
Patagonia : Explore Chile's 'fjords of the south'. Specialist cruises on yachts such as Atmosphere can make your trip truly unforgettable.
Andaman Islands : This unspoilt, safe and stunning outpost of India teems with marine life and boasts the beach voted the best in Asia. It also has amazing fishing, as commercial activity has been banned for over 50 years.
Maldives : Beautiful, but there are few natural anchorages. The water is very deep or very shallow great for catamarans. However, charter licences are expensive as tourism is focused on land-based resorts rather than yachts.
Seychelles : The pirate threat hasn't stopped some big yachts heading here for the winter season. This is a unique destination made up of 100 islands, nearly half of which are protected to preserve unique wildlife, such as the giant Aldabran tortoise.
Norway : Uniquely beautiful, this area is best viewed from the sea as you try to take in the scale of these immense glacier-carved valleys.
Sweden : Cruise Stockholm's archipelago to get away from it all, and then explore one of Europe's most sophisticated capitals.