The perfect New Year’s Eve 2020/2021 destinations for a boat holiday

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Soon it’s time to leave 2020 behind! How will you ring in the new year? If you’re looking to celebrate NYE 2021 in style, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to spend the evening quietly with your partner, see some great fireworks with your kids, or go partying with your friends, a sailing holiday or excursion is the ultimate way to say hello to 2021. Not sure where to go? Take a look at our list of the perfect New Year’s Eve 2020 destinations for your party at sea and enjoy warm winter sailing destinations.

New Year’s Eve 2020 Destinations – Where to Ring in the New Year on a Chartered Boat

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Party, dive, and soak up the sun with a boat hire – the Bahamas

If you want Caribbean sunshine and vibrant parties, the Bahamas is an unbeatable New Year’s eve boat destination in 2020. The capital Nassau hosts its famous Junkanoo Parade on New Year’s Day complete with colourful outfits, goatskin drumming and as much Goombay Smash as you can drink. Those who want to enjoy a more laid back beach break can sail to Marsh Harbor in the Abaco Islands, while it’s also easy to hop between sandy islands at whatever pace you choose. When you rent a boat in the Bahamas, you can experience the dolphins of Blue Lagoon, a traditional pig roast in the Exumas, or dive sites around Andros Island with their dazzling array of tropical fish. And of course, there are beaches waiting to discover from Eleuthera to Freeport. It’s all easily accessible from the mainland USA, and you can charter a boat in the Bahamas for as long as you need.

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Private boat hiring – The British Virgin Islands

Where better to ring in the new year than on a boat under a starlit sky, with waves lapping gently at the sides and fireworks sparkling in the sky. Celebrating New Year’s Eve on a private boat is also a great option for 2020 – a time when celebrating with a close group of family and friends is top of many people’s lists. Sailing in the British Virgin Islands gives you the opportunity to experience the Caribbean paradise with crystal blue water and stunning landscape and is a great new year’s eve boat destination.

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Four main islands make up this region including Tortola, which is a superb sailing holiday destination with its luxury shops, impressive restaurants, and seaside marina. The famous Smuggler’s Cove and Long Bay beaches are perfect locations to take in the sun, while nature lovers can explore nature and capture the most instagram-worthy shots at the Mount Sage National park. You can rent a boat in Tortola to celebrate new year’s eve with your nearest and dearest, and in style.

We recommend in the BVI:

Catamaran Bali 4.0 (2018)
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Catamaran Lagoon 40 (2020)
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Party with Friends – Ibiza

Spend the New Year’s Eve sailing around the White Island during the day and moor your yacht at Sant Antoni de Portmany when the sun goes down and step into the nightlife. Ibiza is the perfect place to celebrate NYE 2020 with your friends. I mean, we all know what Ibiza is famous for and this party-scene is absolutely booming on the 31st of December. During the day, you can enjoy a tour of the island – make sure to add the beaches of Cala Llentrisca, Cala Llentia and Cala Tarida to your itinerary. When you have had enough sun and sand for the day, head back to Sant Antoni de Portmany for an evening of revelry. Ibiza, besides being the hippest party-location, is beautiful and definitely worth checking out. Charter a yacht in Ibiza and experience memories for a lifetime.

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Spend an epic evening on a chartered yacht in Ibiza. Via – Pacha Ibiza.

Romance at sea – The Maldives

The warm, pleasant climate, picturesque white beaches and the clear blue sea makes the Maldives a perfect place to celebrate NYE 2020 at sea. During the day, you can go snorkeling and see the reef with living corals and at night, get ready to pop open the bottle of bubbly. Spending your New Year’s Eve on a boat in Maldives is perfect for a private celebration as you look over the Indian Ocean while the new year kicks in. Doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

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Spend a romantic evening in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Via Sail Shantaram

For the cultural and nature-loving crew – South Africa

South Africa is a great New Year’s Eve 2020 destination for those who love to hike, snorkel, and deep sea dive. Did you know it is quite likely that you will spot whales in the Atlantic Ocean? During the day you can go hiking and climb Table Mountain to see the city of Cape Town from another perspective. When the evening falls, hop back on board your private yacht and enjoy the view of the city while the fireworks go off as you and your friends or family unwind together as the countdown begins. After your relaxing start of the new year, you can enjoy the culture of South Africa. Go to the Haunted Castle which was built at the end of the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company. During your visit at the castle, you will learn more about the history of ‘Kaapstad’. Sounds like something you are up for this year? Check out the yacht charter in South Africa and learn more about how to make it happen from our Travel Planners.

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Family celebration – Sydney

The annual multi-tiered event in the Land Down Under – Sydney New Year’s Eve – is an exciting experience. Watch as the fireworks sparkle and dazzle behind the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from a unique perspective. Every year there are special music and light effects that create an impressive show. There is even a special family edition at 9pm for those with younger children. Curious what this show feels like? See this YouTube video and you will understand our excitement over Sydney’s New Year’s Eve (don’t forget to put the music on!). Charter your own yacht around the waters of Sydney this December to experience an epic New Year’s Eve 2020 and enjoy Australia’s warm weather and beautiful waters. Sail around the coast in the Tasman Sea and go whale watching, a great first activity to do with your kids in 2021.

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Fireworks in Sydney | From Boat International

Ready to end 2020 with an amazing sailing experience? The perfect NYE 2020 can be organised for you! Don’t hesitate to contact our team of holiday experts, they will gladly help you find the right boat in one your preferred New Year’s Eve 2020 destinations. Or check out our homepage and learn more about becoming a captain with Zizoo.