When you think of a yacht charter in the fjords, destinations such as Norway come to mind. But there is another, less-known option—Oman—where towering, rocky cliffs give way to stunning turquoise waters that are ideal for exploring by way of your charter yacht’s kayaks. Snorkeling is also an option here, and a wonderful way to cool off before lunch back aboard your charter yacht.

Exploring ashore in Oman is also wondrous thanks to the capital city of Muskat. It is a waterfront hub of trade and culture, and it offers a fantastic beach that stretches all the way to the border with the United Arab Emirates. Muskat’s leaders have decided to preserve the city’s heritage while embracing modern culture, creating a blend of experiences that is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Museums, mosques and an opera house are among the cultural highlights, while Old Muscat and the Old Palace offer a glimpse into the architecture and lifestyle of generations past.

The Al Qurum Commercial Area is a great place to bargain for everything from jewelry to hand-loomed rugs.

Look for global brands like H&M and Adidas as well as local favorites like Al Rasasi, which has been developing unique perfumes since the 1970s.