As you’ve read elsewhere on my site, I have been fortunate over the years to travel around a good bit of the world. My happy place is always on the water, whether cruising or being at the beach. There’s something about the soothing sounds of water and placid sights of open horizons. All your cares go away, you gain a refreshed perspective on life, and the sun gleams its warm embrace.

If you are like me, you also seek out new favorite places to boost your Vitamin Sea when you need a relaxation break, and especially during the chilly winter months. Having lived in Seattle for 11 years now, vacation time always is best in January and February to head to the tropics.

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Sailing in the Virgin Islands, 2009

Some of my top destinations to date for sun, sea, and cerveza include:

  • French Polynesia
  • St. Lucia
  • Kauai
  • Sicily and the Amalfi Coast
  • The Otago Peninsula and Fjordlands National Park in New Zealand
  • Outer Banks, North Carolina
  • Longboat Key, Florida

Since the Earth is more than 70% water, there are so many places on my list to explore. High on my list are to dip my toes in and do some snorkeling at Costa Rica, Rio de Janeiro, Fiji, and Indonesia.

Alas, those are destinations of my dreams for now. Until then, I’m more than happy to walk along the sandy-rocky beaches around Seattle, listening to the rippling waves and catching a glimpse of an orca or seal.

Happy sails, everyone!