Make late summer special

Whether you have been waiting to see what’s happening with quarantines around the world or are simply looking to avoid the peak season crowds, there are many advantages to a late summer charter. Burgess charter experts highlight the best cruising grounds for the shoulder season months of September into early October.

Where to go in September

For charterers based in the US, this might be the year to stay close to home and discover the historic coastline of New England. The yacht charter season here runs from May to early October, with high season in the summer months of July and August. September, however, is this coastline’s best kept secret. The weather is typically clear and dry, the crowds on shore have dwindled and the scenic harbours of Nantucket, Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard and Newport are all less crowded than in previous months with berthing more easily available. It really is the perfect time to experience quintessential New England, home to spectacular coastal scenery, inspiring architecture and welcoming hospitality ashore.

For many Europeans, the arrival of September marks the end of the school holidays, the beginning of the new school year and a return to work and routine, but for some it is also a chance to escape and extend the summer with a late Mediterranean yacht charter. Enjoy the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza to the full. A yacht charter gives you the opportunity to experience summer temperatures, balmy seas and the same attractions ashore, all without the crowds on land and on the water.

The first few weeks of September can be the ideal time to charter a yacht in the South of France. The blistering August heat recedes and the climate is perfect, while the topaz blue waters of the Mediterranean are just the right temperature for swimming and watersports. The bustling coastline normally remains busy during September as the yachting crowd flock to the various nautical events that take place. This year however, the Cannes Yachting Festival is the only one to go ahead so the ports and favourite anchorages will be quieter than usual.

The end of September is when Sicily and the Aeolian Islands come into their own. The peak tourist season is winding down, the climate is pleasant - more like late spring - while the waters are still warm. It is therefore the best time to explore the cultural heritage sites and local food festivals on the island of Sicily, while the magnificent landscapes of the Aeolian Islands are also ripe for shoreside exploration without risking sunstroke.

Where to go in October

After the craziness of summer, the Cyclades and Ionian Islands regain their calm and become a charming playground for a yacht charter. Perfect even into late September and early October, you can still experience warm weather and light winds while island hopping through either archipelago. The landscapes may be dry and arid after the scorching summer months, but the locals are far more relaxed as the peak seasons crowds have dispersed, welcoming all who step ashore to their local tavernas and beach clubs, which remain open until the last visitors have gone in October.

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast has rugged natural beauty and splendid landscapes surrounded by blue waters, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It is the perfect October yacht charter destination for those in search of peaceful days at anchor, historical landmarks and a burgeoning gastronomic scene. From the mainland cities of Dubrovnik and Split to the islands of Hvar, Brač and Vis, the azure waters of the Adriatic abound with hidden coves and isolated beaches, while the islands have a natural wilderness to them. Discover olive groves, fields of lavender and architectural glories of towers, fortifications and ancient walls as you embark on a late summer charter along the southern stretch of this island strewn coast.

The dazzling azure seas, golden sands and verdant landscapes of Turkey’s southern coast are really in their prime during late September and early October. The scorching summer temperatures, which can be as high as 45°C in August, drop to a pleasant and more manageable average of 26°C to 30°C, while the nights are cooler and the Aegean Sea remains pleasantly warm. It also allows the waterborne the opportunity to discover the coastline’s spectacular cultural heritage without the crowds, while the colourful bazaars continue to bustle and the beach clubs remain lively until the end of the season in October.

Perfect water temperatures, empty beaches and cooling autumn breezes make Malta, and neighbouring Gozo and Comino, the perfect place to head for an Indian summer. With a pleasant year-round climate and some of the clearest waters in the whole of the Mediterranean, Malta has become a popular choice as a winter homeport for many yachts that choose to stay in the southern Mediterranean year-round. The coastline, which undulates for some 120 miles around the three islands, offers deep water harbours and secluded bays, while ashore the picturesque fishing villages have welcoming locals. Those looking for a dose of culture will find the islands are resplendent with ancient buildings and fortifications, many of which are testament to Malta’s long and valiant history.

For further information on the charter yachts available and their shoulder season rates please contact your nearest Burgess charter expert.


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