The Côte d’Azur, commonly known in English as the French Riviera is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. It also includes the sovereign state of Monaco. It has no officially recognised boundaries but is generally considered to extend from either the French town Menton or the Italian border in the east to Saint Tropez, Hyères or even Cassis in the west. majestic yacht
The French Riviera is a major yachting and cruising area with several marinas along its coast. The climate, cuisine and sophistication of the French River make it one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world. According to the Côte d’Azur Economic Development Agency, each year the Riviera hosts 50% of the world’s superyacht fleet, with 90% of all superyachts visiting the region’s coast at least once in their lifetime. Monaco, Antibes, Cannes and St Tropez are popular ports for these mega yachts.
The Côte d’Azur covers 560 miles of coastline and is home to a mix of sand and shingle beaches. Nice is the areas largest city and home to the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Popular yachting destinations and coastal resorts from W to E include; Cassis, La Ciotat, Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Toulon, Hyères, Îles d’Hyères – Porquerolles, Port-Cros and Île du Levant, Le Lavandou, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Fréjus, Saint-Raphaël, Les Adrets-de-l’Estérel, Théoule-sur-Mer, Mandelieu and La Napoule, Îles de Lérins – Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat, Cannes, Golfe-Juan, Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, Villeneuve-Loubet, Cagnes-sur-Mer, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Tanneron, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Èze, Cap d’Ail, Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Beausoleil, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Menton.
What You Need – Experience & Qualifications – For bareboat charters the skipper of the boat is required to have an ICC certificate or equivalent.
Charter Season – The French Riviera charter season generally runs from April to the end of October. July and August are the hottest months and tend to have the lightest winds and also the largest crowds. This is also the high season for yacht charter. Other good times to charter your yacht are on either side of the high season, April-May and September-October, the temperatures are more comfortable and there is not the overcrowding that can be experienced during July and August.