There are probably almost as many types of sailors as there are people generally, each with his or her own preferences for harbors where they like to end up after a day of sailing. Still, when sailors get together and talk about where they've been and where they're going, there's always some debate about favorite harbors. Classic spots are known in most areas, yet sailors are always looking for Shangrila, that one perfect harbor.
Cruising guides tend to describe harbors in terms of holding ground for anchors, shoreside services available, and other practical information. While these are certainly key considerations when choosing a harbor as your destination, such descriptions too often lack the aesthetic qualities: what it's like to really be there. Is it quiet, scenic, a wonder place of nature? What do you see, hear, smell, and feel sitting in your cockpit sipping a favorite libation after a day on the water? What's it like if you go ashore? Those are the questions most sailors like to talk about.
The best way is to talk to everyone you know who sails in your area. The second-best way is to share your favorite harbor online and hear about new ones from other sailors. Take a moment to let others share your passion….
What’s your own favorite harbor and what makes it so special?