Sailing around the world can be an exciting way to see exotic ports and international lands. It can also be cost-effective, because you do not have to pay for international flights or for hotels when you sleep on your boat. The only things you have to pay for are moorage and/or haul-outs services, entertainment, and food (which, if you keep a well-stocked larder in your cabin and fish often, you do not have to pay tourist prices for food either!). Some of these ports-of-call you have to see to believe, and while you are at it, you should take a good look around at the surrounding area of each foreign land.

Cascais, Portugal

Portugal has long been the home to many a famed sailor, Christopher Columbus being one of them. In Cascais, there is more than just the stunning coastline to see. The human engineering of the moorage services are almost works of art, while the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais boasts national park beauty that could rival and compare with anything here in the U.S. 

Venice, Italy

What better way to see this famed Italian city than to sail right into it? Most of the city requires that you get about in a gondola or “water taxi”. In your own boat, you can sail into some areas of the city all on your own, and in others you will have to moor your boat and travel the rest of the way either on foot or with a gondola because of the narrowness of some canals. When your tour of Venice is over, there are more than enough Italian haul-outs services to get your boat back into the open water and on your way to your next international port.

Dover, England to Calais, France

Dover, England is synonymous with giant, white cliffs, walls of rock that tower over the tallest yard arm and make many sailors’ mouths drop open. In the seaside town of Dover, you can moor your boat and explore England’s Southern coast. If you get bored, you can always cross the narrowest part of the English channel to Calais, France and moor your boat there. If you make the trek between the two cities, you can marvel at the fact that you are traveling over the “Chunnel”, the underground and undersea train tunnel built to cross under the English channel to France. You could even meet the train on either the Dover or Calais side and take it for a day into London or Paris before returning to your moored boat at night.