While perceptions suggest a holiday on the French Riviera is expensive, with good planning that is not necessarily the case. Marina stays outside the main centres are very competitive with other destinations considered low-cost by comparison.
Yes, this is the South of France, and prices can reflect the tastes of the rich and famous who travel there. But with forethought and good advice the value of a boating holiday on the Côte d'Azur, along with the fun and excitement to be had, may surprise you.
We had a Lagoon 52 for our sail out of Grimaud, France. Enjoyed the French Riviera, it was a 10. Went to St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Antibes and took side trips inland to Eze and St Paul de Vence to name a couple.
Dave, USA, September 2018
Besides the blue waters, sandy beaches and sunshine, a feature of France's Mediterranean coast is the collection of quaint villages with seaside frontages that have been carefully preserved as modern development has proceeded alongside. A hotel stay here can be pricey, so holidaying aboard a boat gives you the best of both worlds. With easy access to the onshore delights by day, you can escape to your own, very cost-effective, floating hotel by night. In fact as you drop anchor or tie up along this coast, you become part of the vista those hotel-dwellers have come to look out on. Relax on board, look back at them, and smile.
On a sailing or motor boat charter, your time generally involves making short coastal passages between the many must-see attractions. If your schedule allows, factor in plenty of shore time, because some places you'll find it hard to get away from. The most popular stretch of bareboat charter territory runs 90 nautical miles from Toulon to Monaco. But it doesn't stop there. Go east to the Italian Riviera, or west to Marseilles and the Camargue.
The Cote d'Azur delivers a wondrous mix of all the pleasures in life, not least the sailing itself, which is invigorating in the warm Mediterranean breeze. Take time out on passage to recharge the senses between stimulating experiences ashore.
We have a wide range of high-quality boats available in bases at Port Pin Roland (Toulon), St Raphael and Golfe Juan (both near Cannes).
Read about our own experiences sailing the South of France in 2018.
Rating: 5 / 5We had a Lagoon 52 for our sail out of Grimaud, France. The boat met our needs and expectations and was in excellent condition. Not a great sailing vessel but very comfortable and enjoyed by our non-sailing wives. The charter company was good. Our skipper and hostess were fantastic and highly recommend for sailing in the area. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Enjoyed the French Riviera, it was a 10. Went to St. Tropez, Cannes, Monaco, Antibes and took side trips inland to Eze and St Paul de Vence to name a couple.
Your service was excellent and everything was terrific. Thanks for all your help in insuring a memorable vacation. Dave, USA, Sep 23rd, 2018
A sailing charter in the South of France suggests a cruise among the super yachts along the Côte d'Azur, the glitz and glamour of the Riviera. There's more to the French Mediterranean coast; westward lies another charter experience, where the coastline is dotted with seaside towns and quiet bays.
On the Côte d'Azure, a convenient coastal sailboat holiday itinerary is easy to put together. The sailing is great and the costs may be lower than you think. You are in the South of France: 'c'est magnifique'
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