230 Sailboats to Rent in South of France

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Three Reasons to Charter a Sailboat in the South of France

1. Beauteous Beaches

The Cote d'Azur has many things, and one of those is glorious sandy beaches. During your sailboat charter, if you’re navigating off the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes region, stop by Plage des Sablettes, where broad sands lined with palm trees, and turquoise waters will satisfy all your beach needs. Here you can also go diving or kayaking as well as swimming and sunbathing, so there’ll be something to suit every taste. If you charter a boat from St. Tropez, make sure you sail via Cap Taillat, a wild area only accessed by foot or by boat, with incredible cacti and dense vegetation surrounding huge rocks and white sands, looking out onto a sea of translucent turquoise.

2. The Chic Côte d’Azur

Known for its style and class, the wealthy South of France is a haven of luxury for the rich and famous. Sun-kissed harbourside towns such as Cannes, Antibes, Saint Tropez, Monaco are a hub for superyachts and swanky sailboat charters, and with state-of-the-art mooring facilities, it really is a sailing paradise. Home to events such as Cannes Film Festival and the French Grand Prix, the crowds each year are celebrity-sprinkled and exclusive, and the shopping opportunities revolve around couture stores, with names such as Burberry, Gucci and Armani cropping up everywhere!

3. Recipes of the Riviera

Throughout the Mediterranean, you can find exciting flavours and exquisite cuisine, and this is no different in the Cote d'Azur. Home to specialties such as omelettes with ‘black diamond truffles’, the famous ratatouille originally from Provence, and the classic Tarte Tropézienne – so-named by Brigitte Bardot when filming in St. Tropez! The culinary heritage is vibrant and has lead to the first-class gastronomic culture this region holds, with Michelin-star restaurants scattered all over every major town.

A Sailor’s Dream

The best times for a sailboat charter in the South of France are between April and September, when winds are calm (under 20 knots) and waters are peaceful. The region experiences all the benefits of a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry weather and warm waters, but the sheltered nature of the Riviera means that stronger winds which may affect other area tend not to impact navigation here. Therefore, paired with the immaculate marinas and glamourous harbours, sailing in the Cote d'Azur is truly a dream!

Cuisine of the Côte d’Azur

One of the best things about renting a boat in the South of France is that you get the best of both worlds. You get the benefits and comforts of the premium lifestyle whilst also enjoying the authentic side of the French Riviera. Despite the huge population of tourists who spend their summer months sunning themselves on the Riviera, the cuisine remains traditional on the whole, based around the typical Mediterranean ingredients of olive oil, wine, garlic and tomatoes! A yacht charter here will see you dining on the likes of Bouillabaisse; originally from Marseille, this fish stew is a staple and speciality of the region. Make sure you try the classic aperitifs of Pastis (aniseed liqueur) and Tapenade (olive dip with garlic, olive oil and anchovies).

Islands to visit inthe French Riviera

  • Île Sainte-Marguerite: Located just off the coast of Cannes, Île Sainte-Marguerite is the largest of the Lérins Islands. It is famous for its natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and scenic walking trails. The island is also known for Fort Royal, a historic fortress where the famous Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned.
  • Île Saint-Honorat: Another gem among the Lérins Islands, Île Saint-Honorat is situated next to Île Sainte-Marguerite. This island is home to the historic Lérins Abbey, a working monastery where monks produce wine and liqueurs. Visitors can explore the serene atmosphere, visit the abbey, and enjoy the island's peaceful surroundings.
  • Porquerolles: Located off the coast of Hyères, Porquerolles is a picturesque island known for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and natural beauty. The majority of the island is a protected national park, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers. You can rent bicycles to explore the island's charming villages, vineyards, and scenic coastal trails.
  • Île du Levant: Situated in the Hyères archipelago, Île du Levant is known for its unique character. The island is primarily known for its nudist resort, Héliopolis, which attracts naturist enthusiasts from around the world. Besides its naturist offerings, Île du Levant also offers beautiful beaches and a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Îles de Lérins: In addition to Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat, the Lérins Islands include two smaller islets: Îlot Saint-Ferréol and Îlot de la Tradelière. While these islets are uninhabited, they offer opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the unspoiled natural surroundings.

Reaching my Sailboat Charter Base

Thanks to the popularity of the South of France as an international holiday destination, it can be easily accessed and everywhere is well connected with various transport links. Most people fly into Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport as it serves the most international destinations all year round, and then travel to their destination. If you need a transfer between the airport and your sailboat charter base, then contact your GlobeSailor advisor and it will be organized for you (at an extra cost).

Sailing in the French Riviera

The Cote d'Azur is a hotspot for sailors, not just because of the glitz and glamour, but because the conditions make navigation a dream! The best time for your yacht charter is between the months of May and September, as winds are calm (10-20 knots) and waters are peaceful. Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, hot, dry weather is the norm in the summer months, so hop on board your boat, and kick back with a glass of wine in hand and soak up some sun!

Top Destinations on the French Riviera

The South of France is many things, and one of them is a sailor’s paradise! Cities such as Marseille and St. Tropez have long been a hub for nautical tourism, and as a result, marinas are plush and well-equipped. The Côte d’Azur is fairly sheltered from any strong winds, so when sailing between May and September, you can enjoy a Mediterranean climate with calm winds (10-20 knots) and placid waters; what could be more ideal for your yacht charter?

Stylish Saint Tropez

The town of Saint Tropez has made a name for itself with its A-list crowd and swanky marina with some of the most deluxe facilities in the South of France. With designer stores and boutiques lining the cobbled streets, it’s truly a luxurious destination for a yacht charter.

It’s a fusion of quaint beauty and sublime modernity, so moor your boat in France’s most famous marina, Port de St. Tropez, and head to Quai Jean Jaurès. Here you will find lavish bars and restaurants where celebrities gather, so grab a drink and soak up the alluring ambience of St. Tropez. Wander through the ochre streets of the old town where couture outlets mingle with grocery stores, and head up the hill to the Citadel for a magnificent ocean view. Inside the church is a museum of local treasures, including some of the works of Henri Matisse!
A yacht charter here doesn’t so much mean visiting historical monuments or world heritage sites but is more an opportunity to taste the St. Tropez lifestyle and live the glamorous life of a yachtsman in the South of France.

If you’re wondering which of the plentiful restaurants to dine in, St. Tropez is home to the finest cuisine, and depending on your budget, there’s a variety of choices! If you want the complete luxury charter experience, head to Résidence de la Pinède for some exquisite Michelin-rated food!

Magical Monaco

Indulge in the epitome of luxury and glamour by visiting Monaco, a jewel-like principality on the breathtaking French Riviera. Step into a world of opulence where the rich and famous revel in a lifestyle of unrivalled elegance. Immerse yourself in the exhilarating atmosphere of the legendary Monte Carlo Casino, where fortunes are won and lost amidst sumptuous surroundings. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of witnessing the Formula 1 Grand Prix as the world's top drivers navigate the narrow streets of Monte Carlo with unmatched skill and precision.

Discover the hidden treasures of Monaco as you stroll through its enchanting gardens. Immerse yourself in the exotic wonders of the Exotic Garden, a sanctuary of rare plants from around the globe. Lose yourself amidst the intoxicating fragrance of the Princess Grace Rose Garden, adorned with thousands of vibrant roses, a testament to Monaco's romantic allure.

Cultural Cannes

Step into a realm of glamour and sophistication by visiting Cannes, the crown jewel of the French Riviera. Known worldwide for its illustrious film festival, Cannes beckons with its allure of timeless elegance and stunning coastal beauty. Prepare to be captivated by a destination that effortlessly blends opulent luxury with the natural splendour of the Mediterranean.

Indulge in the sheer luxury of Cannes, where premium resorts, high-end boutiques, and Michelin-starred restaurants create an atmosphere of refined indulgence. Immerse yourself in a world of red-carpet premieres and celebrity sightings as the renowned Cannes Film Festival casts its spell upon the city each year.

Unveil the allure of La Croisette, Cannes' iconic promenade that stretches along the dazzling coastline. Stroll along this glamorous thoroughfare, lined with palm trees, upscale shops, and luxurious hotels. Take in the breathtaking view of the azure Mediterranean Sea as you bask in the radiant sun that has drawn celebrities and jet-setters to this picturesque destination.

Discover the charm of Cannes' Old Town, Le Suquet, where narrow cobblestone streets wind their way up the hill to reveal panoramic vistas of the city and the sea. Lose yourself in the medieval charm of this ancient quarter as you explore its quaint shops, lively cafés, and the historic Notre-Dame de l'Espérance church.

Navigating to Nice

If you start your sailboat charter from Monaco or Antibes, you won’t be far from the magnificent city of Nice. The ‘capital’ (unofficially) of the Côte d’Azur, and 5th most populous city in France, Nice is a must-see. Full of fresh food, fish, flower and flea markets, and an enchanting old town, there is so much culture packed into this city. Take a stroll down the 5-mile stretch of the Promenade des Anglais, the most famous seafront in France which is home to landmarks such as the art-deco Hôtel Negresco. Hike up the hill to Parc du Chateau, where you will be astounded by breathtaking views of the city from above, or head to the Musée Matisse, situated in a 17th century Genoese building surrounded by charming olive groves. The celebrated painter was buried in the Monastère Notre Dame de Cimiez cemetery nearby the museum, so if you’re an art-lover, don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit his grave.

Sailing in the South of France

The French Riviera is a hotspot for sailors, not just because of the glitz and glamour, but because the conditions make navigation a dream! The best time for your boat charter is between the months of May and September, as winds are calm (10-20 knots) and waters are peaceful. Thanks to a Mediterranean climate, hot, dry weather is the norm in the summer months, so hop on board your yacht, and kick back with a glass of wine in hand and soak up some sun!

Reaching my Destination

The South of France is well connected via various transport links. With international airports in Nice and Marseille, it’s simple to reach your yacht charter base! Airport-marina transfers can be organized for you if needed (at an additional cost), just inform your GlobeSailor advisor.

Sailing Bareboat or With a Crew in the French Riviera

Sailing with or without a skipper (bareboat vs crew) is a personal preference and depends on several factors, such as experience, comfort level, and budget. Suppose you are an experienced sailor with a good understanding of navigation, in that case, yacht charters without a skipper (also called bareboat) can be a rewarding adventure, as it provides more freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace. When you charter a yacht bareboat, you are in charge of everything, and you are the captain of the boat! However, if you are a beginner or prefer a more relaxed sailing holiday, sailing with a skipper is the best option. A skipper is like the captain of the ship, and they can provide guidance, share their local knowledge, and ensure the safety of the crew and the yacht.

There is also an option to have a hostess or a cook on board GlobeSailor yachts. A hostess is responsible for making two of the daily meals (usually breakfast and lunch) and will take care of the boat's upkeep (tidying up common areas etc.). A cook is responsible for making all three meals on board the boat. Both crewed options allow clients to eat Italian-inspired dishes aboard a beautiful sailboat. Some guests prefer to choose the hostess option as it allows them to sail to a different marina each night and find the best authentic Greek restaurants on land.

Choosing the Perfect Boat to Rent

Regarding yacht rental, the options can seem overwhelming! At GlobeSailor, we have boats of all shapes and sizes for you to rent. Our yacht rentals range in length, berths, cabins, boat model, year of build, add-ons such as a dinghy or water sports equipment, and price.

Your choice of berths and cabins will vary depending on the type of sailboat, motor boat or catamaran you choose to rent. Usually, cabins will be single or doubles, meaning they can accommodate one or two people. There are also double cabins for individual use available on some boat rentals, which is a cabin option for one guest who wishes to have more space aboard the yacht.

A monohull or a sailboat is a traditional boat with one hull (mono!). It is focused on performance and offers sailors the traditional sailing experience. Many sailors like the traditional feel of a monohull. A monohull might be best for you if you fancy yourself a true captain of the seas! Popular boat models such as Sun Odyssey and Dufour Grand Larges are available to rent on our website.

Sample Itinerary for a Yacht Charter in the South of France for One Week

Check out an example of what you can see in a week while yachting on the French Riviera. When you choose a boat rental with GlobeSailor, you can decide exactly where to visit and what to do. Your itinerary will depend on the length of your trip, the time of year and what type of boat you are sailing. If you choose a crewed yacht charter, your skipper would be happy to help you choose what to do, giving you reviews and details from their years of experience.

Day 1: Nice

  • Arrive in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera.
  • Spend the day exploring the charming Old Town (Vieux Nice) with its narrow streets, colourful buildings, and local markets.
  • Explore the Promenade des Anglais, a famous waterfront promenade, and enjoy the beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 2: Cannes and Antibes

  • Take a day trip to Cannes, known for its glamorous atmosphere and the famous Cannes Film Festival.
  • Explore the iconic Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and stroll along La Croisette, a bustling boulevard lined with luxury hotels and boutiques.
  • After Cannes, head to Antibes, a picturesque town with a charming old town, a vibrant marina, and the renowned Musée Picasso.

Day 3: Monaco and Eze

  • Discover the small but glamorous Principality of Monaco. Explore the old town, known as Monaco-Ville, and the Prince's Palace.
  • Marvel at the extravagant Casino de Monte-Carlo and take a walk along the luxurious yachts at the Port Hercules.
  • After Monaco, head to the medieval village of Eze, perched on a hilltop. Explore its cobblestone streets, explore the Jardin Exotique for a stunning view, and discover the famous Fragonard Perfume Factory.

Day 4: Aix-en-Provence

  • Travel to Aix-en-Provence, a charming city known for its artistic heritage and beautiful architecture.
  • Explore the historic center, discover Cours Mirabeau with its elegant fountains and lively cafes, and explore the picturesque narrow streets.
  • Don't miss the chance to explore the famous Atelier Cézanne, the former studio of the renowned painter Paul Cézanne.

Day 5: Marseille

  • Explore Marseille, the vibrant port city of France. Explore the historic Vieux-Port (Old Port) and admire the picturesque boats.
  • Discover the iconic Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, offering a panoramic city view.
  • Discover the MuCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations) and stroll through the charming neighborhood of Le Panier.

Day 6: Avignon and Arles

  • Take a day trip to Avignon, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and the historic Palais des Papes (Papal Palace).
  • Explore the charming streets, view the famous Pont d'Avignon (Avignon Bridge), and discover the city's rich history.
  • After Avignon, head to Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Roman ruins, including the Amphitheatre and the Theatre Antique.

Day 7: Saint-Tropez

  • Travel to Saint-Tropez, a glamorous coastal town famous for its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife.
  • Enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches, view the historic Vieux-Port, and explore the quaint streets filled with upscale boutiques and art galleries.
  • Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this famous resort town before heading back.
Book now and set sail on the adventure of the year with a yacht charter in the south of France! After a week in this beautiful destination, you'll truly understand what luxury means!