31 January 2022

Top 5 locations to work on a yacht including Europe and the Caribbean

Submitted by Aidan van Vuuren

Whether cruising the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or hopping between secluded beaches along the Mediterranean coast, crew onboard superyachts are guaranteed adventure and new experiences. When considering a career on a superyacht, either as a deckhand or stewardess, seeing the world is definitely one of the reasons why.

Whether you want to work on a yacht in the Caribbean or Europe, it’s important to ensure that you have the necessary skills and requirements, such as the STCW course offered by SYSA. After successfully completing a superyacht course and when looking for a job, many yachties dream of being employed in exotic destinations. There are also destinations around the world known in the industry as ‘yachting hubs’ due to the large number of yachts that pass through them each year.

Many SYSA students work on yachts in the Caribbean, Europe, USA and Mexico. All of these destinations are incredibly popular. When it comes to some of the best places to work on a yacht, we’ve listed some of our favourites.


Working on a yacht in Europe is magical. Whether it’s cruising the coastlines of Italy or docking in the French Riveria, every place has something unique to experience. Imagine working on a yacht in Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez or Spain.


Fort Lauderdale is home to one of the worlds leading ports.  Almost every yacht or superyacht ends up at this port since it is a gateway to many popular destinations. Soak up the sunshine whilst working on a yacht in Florida.


Newport, Rhode Island, is considered to be the shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. For many years, its yacht-filled harbour hosted America’s Cup, a renowned sailing regatta held every 4 years. 


If you work on a yacht in the Caribbean, an unforgettable adventure awaits. With so many islands on offer, many of which are some of the most famous superyacht destinations in the world, you will never feel like you’re working. The breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean seas, crystalline waters and endless clusters of idyllic paradise islands is the best place to work on a superyacht.


Dubai is dripping in wealth, and it’s considered the billionaire’s playground of the world. It’s home to the world’s fourth-largest private yacht, measuring 162 metres, owned by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. Superyacht crew options in Dubai range from working on one of the many yachts owned by the royal family or dozens of other private yachts.

If you are considering a career onboard a superyacht and want to work on a yacht in Europe or the Caribbean, then look at Super Yachting South Africa (SYSA).

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