Picture-perfect: the world’s most Insta-worthy waterfronts

Most of us love to take photos of our travels, but where can you find the most attractive waterfronts? Using Instagram hashtag data, we’ve been able to rank the finest picture-perfect marina resorts around the world. Additionally, we’ve picked out our top things to remember when going on holiday, to help keep you prepared when travelling.   

The top 10 marinas uncovered

Marinas and waterfronts are so often the backdrops to some of the most impressive pictures, but which are the top five to visit for the best Instagram upload? 

1. Dubai Marina, Dubai 

Based in the heart of the city’s affluent residential district, the Dubai Marina is surrounded by luxury restaurants, shopping centres, and sandy beaches, so it’s no wonder it’s picked up a reputation as the most photo-friendly waterfront hotspot in the world.  

2. Marina del Rey, Los Angeles 

Set against the backdrop of gorgeous Southern California, Marina del Rey is a popular destination for anyone looking to enjoy relaxing dining experiences, exciting water sports, and everything in between. And with over 624,000 tagged posts on Instagram, it’s clear how popular the location has become for those who love to save a snapshot of their vacation. 

3. Marina di Porto Cervo, Sardinia 

Situated in the stunning Italian island of Sardinia, Marina di Porto Cervo is a popular Mediterranean resort for the rich and famous. Home to some of the world’s most luxurious yachts, the notorious port has become Instagrammers’ third favourite waterfront backdrop.

4. Porto Montenegro, Montenegro

A luxury resort and yachting paradise, Porto Montenegro offers exclusivity to visitors seeking high-end boutiques and five-star food. Also with rich blue waters, an impressive mountain range in the background, and picture-perfect palm trees lining the streets. It’s little surprise that this marina has become such a popular Instagrammable location (more than 148,000 tagged posts). 

5. Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi 

Unlike any other waterfront you’ll find, Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi is bordered in part by an actual Formula 1 circuit – the most expensive ever built, in fact. This ultra-exciting addition to the dock makes it the ideal setting for posey pictures that show off your luxury holiday.  

They might not have broken the top five, but the likes of Limassol Marina in Cyrpus, Marina Grande in Italy, Port Adriano in Spain, Marina Miraggio in Greece and Ibiza Magna certainly made the top ten, and would make a great spot (and photo shot) for your next trip.  

Top travel tips for holidays abroad 

No matter how many holidays abroad you have been on, we’re all susceptible to overlooking an important detail or two. We’ve outlined our top five travel tips for your next trip outside of the UK. 

1. Double-check your passport 

Before heading on your holiday, take a moment to double-check your passport; confirm that it was issued less than 10 years ago, and has at least three months left to run from the date you plan to return home. These rules apply to European travel but might vary worldwide. 

2. Confirm quarantine criteria 

While much of the world is relaxing rules around travel, many require proof of vaccination against COVID. Before departing, confirm whether your destination will require you to follow any quarantine rules upon arrival – and how much this might cost. 

3. Test your payment methods 

There aren’t many better feelings than landing abroad for a much-deserved holiday. But your mood can quickly sink if you find out your credit card isn’t working. To ensure your trip runs smoothly, take a moment to check and test your payment methods before departing - or better yet, withdraw some emergency currency. 

4. Research the area 

When travelling, it’s often helpful to know exactly what the area you’re visiting is like, where the food and drink hotspots are, and whether there are any hidden gems to explore. Rather than spending time out of your holiday, get to know your destination before you take your seat on the plane. 

5. Enjoy the local cuisine 

Don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in the local culture when on holiday, sampling the regional cuisine and drink. From new flavours to classic food combinations, you might even be inspired to take your new findings home with you. 

Whether you’re planning a couple of weeks in the sun or a city break over a long weekend, you should make sure you have the right travel insurance policy that covers everything from illness and COVID to outright cancellation. Or explore our coronarvius and travel insurance content, for more expert travel advice.  


We determined the world’s most elite and largest marinas via desk research including Marina Reservation, Life of Sailing, and Yachting Pages. Based on the list of 19 marinas, we then analysed the relevant hashtags across social media and chose the top ten based on the marinas with the highest amount of hashtags. The number of hashtag posts is accurate as of 08/10/21.