Yacht Charter in Monaco
On a Monaco yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore much of French Riviera and Côte dAzur within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a French Riviera yacht charter, from its high society fun to beautiful coastline, a Monaco sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Founded just over 700 years ago and home to the ruling Grimaldi family ever since, the pricipality of Monaco and Monte Carlo are now a byword for the finest luxury and high society. Many of the world today associate the city state with the Monaco Grand Prix, where the F1 Grand Prix cars blast through the city streets at breakneck speed.
During the Monaco GP it is difficult to find anywhere to stay so a corporate yacht charter may be in order - keep them aboard a luxury yacht in one of the marinas and your team can entertain as they work and feel like Grace Kelly!
As befits the jewel of the Côte dAzur, Monaco has everything high society and royalty could possibly want. Monte Carlo Casino on the recently refurbished Casino Square has seen many a fortune won and lost, and hotels such as Monte Carlo Beach are important places to be seen to stay. Not to mention the magnificent Monaco Yacht Club and its glorious balcony views across the Western Mediterranean.
For those who need to relax a bit, the Oceanographic Museum near the palace has a collection of marine life that competes with the best in the world. In the most densely populated country in the world you may need some green - the Jardin Exotique, perched on the cliff with its own cave is a collection of succulents from all over the world.
The annual Monaco Yacht Show every September in Port Hercule is a must visit. With the top luxurious yacht builders, yacht owners, and charter broker companies in attendance, as well as a large number of mega yacht and luxury superyachts on the dock, it's a spectacular sight.
A Monaco yacht rental is ideal for those who love the outdoors and exploring the world. Read on to discover what else you will find on your sailing holiday with Borrow a Boat!
Explore Monaco By Renting A Yacht
So, having boarded your sailing yacht or motor yacht private yacht charter in Monaco, where could you go? Less than a day's sail to the east are the Italian Riviera towns, and you can be off Cinque Terre in a leisurely overnight sail. Monaco however is on the eastern end of the French Riviera.
Just a few miles to the west is the exclusive village of St Jean Cap Ferrat. Festooned with mansions owned by the ultra wealthy, it is in every way as exclusive as Monte Carlo. On the rocky outcrop of Cap Ferrat, it is also home to the Paloma Beach Club that while not a sandy beach, is widely held as a place to be seen, swimming in the crystal waters or hanging out with your peers.
Your next stop on your private yacht charter holiday will of course be Cannes. Home to the world class annual film festival, outside of this it still has plenty to offer. Top end boutiques, three-star dining and hotels that know how to provide the service you require. The beautiful beach rounding it off, makes this at least a second best to Monaco!
Perhaps pausing in Antibes on your way, your third serious evening or two ashore should be in St Tropez. Originally a quiet fishing village, its quaint beauty made the town a magnet for society and royalty types in the 1900s. This reputation has remained and now Saint Tropez is still a popular haunt for those who move in certain circles, even as the world has shrunk considerably over the ensuing decades.
**How To Get To** **Monaco**
Nice Airport is a major regional airport with airlines flying in from much of Northern Europe and beyond.
You can take a fast ferry from Nice to Monaco, or take a bus from Nice airport into Monte Carlo - this just takes 45 minutes.
Marinas In Monaco
This large marina has charter companies and boat owners working into it that offer mega yacht, superyacht, luxury yacht charter, gulet, catamaran, motor yacht and monohull sailing boats on a bareboat, or private yacht charter basis.
Max Length 135m (443 Feet)
Max Draught 30m (98.5 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, showers, WC, changing rooms, fuel, ATM, bar, restaurant, shipyard, waste and waste water collection.
Suggested Sailing Routes From Monaco
On your private yacht charter vacation you can explore either the Côte d'Azur or Italian Riviera - or both in a two week sailing holiday. Let's explore the possibilities you have on your luxury charter yacht with two itineraries below:
7 Days - St Tropez and Back: Over a week long sailing trip out of Monte Carlo you can explore the French Riviera. As a first port of call, drop anchor off Paloma Beach on St Jean Cap Ferrat and enjoy the beautiful waters and dolce vita among the local residents and their guests. Your next port will be a short sail west - spend two nights in Cannes to enjoy the hospitality and fun to be had in this important seaside town's old town. Another short sail will take you to Saint Tropez where you can hang out in this jewel of a seaside town for another couple of days. Back to St Jean Cap Ferrat for a night and return to the charter base the next day.
14 Days Italian Riviera: From Monaco to the westernmost town of the 'true' Italian Riviera it is about half a day's sail on a relatively powerful motor yacht. From here you can explore the different towns as far west as Cinque Terre at the far eastern end of the region. Enjoy the luxury of Portofino and Vernazza amongst other jewels in the Italian seaside crown. Perhaps find a quiet anchorage to yourself an be all alone on the Mediterranean Sea for an evening or two, surrounded by the sheer beauty of the coastline. Either coast hopping back up the west Mediterranean to Monaco, or heading straight across the bay, return your yacht for handover.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Monaco
The sailing season in Monaco is best from May to October. The major party towns heat up to full frenzy in June to August, and so do the prices. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing holiday in the region. If partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the region in that time and you will have quite a memorable time (though you will always be entertained to the best in places like Monte Carlo Casino!). If the quiet life is what you seek, then do try to get out during term time - the sea is still warm in September and October too.
Sailing Weather In Monaco
The Mistral tends to build from September and eases away in May, though this can blow fiercely for several days at a time even in midsummer.
The NE breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France never really gets above 17 knots or so so there will be some boisterous sailing but never more than is fun. You will see more precipitation towards the beginning and end of the sailing season (May and October) but the temperatures rarely stray below 15-17 degrees during those times. In the height of summer (July/August) it isn't as hot as southern Europe, though you will see the odd few days in the 30+ C range. For Northern Europeans and those from other cooler climes this makes for fantastic sailing!
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
**What are the Marinas in Monaco?**
There are three marinas in Monaco - Port Hercule has space for 700 yachts of up to 135m LOA, Port Fontvielle (275 yachts of up to 200m LOA) and Cap d'Ail (260 yachts up to 65m LOA).
When are the best times to hire a boat in Monaco?
The high season is in July and August. Things get expensive and restaurants competitive. The city and sailingdestinations nearby tend to relax a bit, become more friendly and cheaper outside of the peak season.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Monaco?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Monaco?
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.