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3 of the best toy-friendly destinations

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Northern Ionian Islands

Carl Sputh, captain of Starfire, recommends Greece’s northern Ionian Islands — Corfu, Paxos, Antipaxos and the Sivota Islands — for embracing your yacht’s water toys. “Corfu is a nice cruising ground; you can always find calm water [for watersports],” explains Sputh. And, he continues, you can easily circle around 11.6-square-mile Paxos and two-square-mile Antipaxos with Jet Skis.

And while you probably shouldn’t use Jet Skis and waterskis between the tiny Sivota Islands (Mavro Oros, Agios Nikolaos, Mourtemeno and Mikro Mourtemeno) you can run them outside, says Sputh. These islands lie just off the mainland village of Sivota, opposite southeastern Corfu, and are often busy with swimmers and smaller boats. Sputh also recommends using Seabobs around the southern part of Mavro Oros up to its Blue Lagoon.

Begin your weeklong vacation on Corfu’s east coast, in Corfu Town (Kerkyra). While here, explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Corfu, which has roots in the 8th century BC. Visit the 15th century Palaio Frourio (Old Fortress), which dominates a rocky peninsula, and pause for a drink at the Cavalieri Hotel’s Roof Top Bar.

Venture in a northerly direction along Corfu’s mountainous east coast, pausing to bring out the Jet Skis off Barbati, Nissaki, Agniand Kerasia beaches and windsurf and kite surf in Avlaki Bay before cruising south to the Sivota Islands.

Afterward, head southwest to Paxos, which, according to legend, Poseidon separated from Corfu with his trident, creating a peaceful place for an interlude with a nymph. Contemplate this myth as you explore some of the sea caves on Paxos’ southwest coast, scuba dive underwater caves and shipwrecks and fish for tuna.

Wander around

Two-square-mile Antipaxos, three nautical miles southeast of Paxos’ port of Gaios, is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and Greek varietal wines such as Mavrodáfni. It’s also a great place to stretch your legs for a couple hours. Paths meander amid orchards and olive groves between Vrika and Voutoumi beaches, up to Vigla Village and down to the lighthouse in the south.

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Corfu’s cuisine has been influenced by many cultures, particularly Italian. One popular dish is pastitsada — veal or rooster cooked with olive oil, tomato sauce, onion, garlic, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, bay leaves, pepper and served with spaghetti.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com

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