A Guide to Marinas & Moorings in Cannes
If you’re looking for a wonderfully glamorous place to dock your boat on the French Riviera, then you have found it. The marinas in Cannes are a focal point in this small Mediterranean city of palm-lined boulevards, grand art deco hotels and glitzy superclubs. So berth your boat in Cannes and put on your dancing shoes, for you have arrived in the sparkling playground of the super-rich.
Moorings & marinas
A Cannes marina in July or August is the kind of place that you’re most likely to see celebrities like Rihanna swanning about on their superyachts. Of course, those in the know realise that even global superstars like Rihanna can’t really afford to own one of the really big boats, and have to settle for chartering them for a week or two. After all, yachts such as this one that Rihanna has chartered in the past are worth about 30 million euro to buy, with a yearly maintenance bill of between 3 and 6 million. Well, we can all dream, can’t we?
There are two large marinas in Cannes proper; Port Pierre Canto on the Croisette right next to the famous Palais des Festivals where the Cannes Film Festival is held, and Port of Cannes, found along the waterfront of the very charming Old Town. There are also two small marinas-Port de la Pointe Croisette and Port Mourré Rouge, both for smaller vessels.
If you can’t find a berth in Cannes itself, you have several nearby options, the closest ones being the decent-sized marinas at Golfe Juan and La Napoule, and a very large one at Antibes with thousands of berths.
Of course, if you don’t want to shell out berthing fees at all, there are some great anchorages just offshore at the Isles des Llerins (Cannes Islands). These islands are almost uninhabited, and their quiet forests and tranquil coves prove a calming respite from the lights and action of Cannes.
Cannes is an exceedingly popular yachting destination, and berth rates in this glamorous Riviera town certainly aren’t cheap. You’ll sometimes come up against the spending power of superyachts for a berth, meaning that you should definitely book ahead in the summer months.
The marinas are generally a lot quieter and cheaper in the shoulder seasons and winter months, but be aware that it can also be difficult to get a berth at Cannes at certain times outside peak season, given the high number of industry events and conferences that take place at the Palais des Festivals throughout the year. The most famous by far is the glittering Cannes Film Festival in May, but there are many other high profile events including MIPIM, MIPCOM, MIPTV and Cannes Lions. These events are very popular for corporate yacht charters, so berth prices skyrocket during these times, particularly in Port Pierre Canto right by the conference centre. Have a look at events on the Palais de Festivals schedule to see which times are probably best avoided if you can.
Port Pierre Canto
The most sought-after marina in Cannes, Port Pierre Canto has 600 berths and accepts yachts up to 70 metres. Located on the Croisette boulevard right by the ‘Palace of Festivals’, this marina can be difficult to get into, particularly during events.
The facilities are as you’d expect; Cannes has all the facilities of a large modern marina, including WIFI, water, electricity, and amenities, as well as a fuel dock, 15tn crane and Travelift.
There’s also a casino, restaurant and bar in the Palais des Festivals- not to mention the plethora of dining and drinking establishments within a short walk. For Cannes restaurants, bars and nightclubs, check out our local guides.
Port of Cannes/Vieux Port
Also called the ‘Old Port’ because of its location in the Old Town, Port of Cannes/Vieux Port marina offers 650 berths for yachts up to 65 metres in size. The largest yachts are moored on Albert Edward Pier and Quay Saint Pierre, and there’s a pontoon network for smaller yachts extending to the north.
The many classic sailboats that call this port home are lined up right on the edge of the street in the old town- and I’d highly recommend a walk along the waterfront in the late afternoon when the buildings shine pink and gold in the sunset and the port is clustered with wooden masts. It’s a beautiful sight, particularly during the Panerai Classic Regatta series in September when the most gorgeous sailing yachts in the world gather here. This older part of Cannes has a very different flavour than the glitz and glamour of the Port Pierre Canto and Croisette.
Because this port is public and run by the Chamber of Commerce, you can’t buy a long-term lease here; you can only rent one for a maximum of one year. For more information about buying or renting boat berths, contact Mooring Spot.
This port has fuel, water, electricity and amenities, as well as a ramp, shipyard with crane, 65 ton hoist, 70 ton hoist,medical services. There are bars and restaurants within a few steps of the port. For more information on Port of Cannes facilities and contact details, visit our full listing here.
Port de la Pointe Croisette
Port de la Pointe Croisette is a very small port accommodating up to 260 small vessels. Lying just near Palm Beach and within 200 metres of Port Pierre Canto, it is a well-positioned port for enjoying the town, as well as the lovely views across the bay to the Cannes Islands and the Esterel Mountains. This marina is the departure point for regattas organised by the Yacht Club de Cannes. Here’s a time lapse of the port in summertime.
Port Moure Rouge
The small historic port of Port Moure Rouge was built in 1911 and recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary. It has 450 berths for small vessels. The port is also the home of the sailing school of Youth Cannes (Cannes Jeunesse).
Marinas to the West of Cannes
Cannes-les-Bocca: There is also a small port near Cannes called Port Abri du Beal, with 350 places and 54 dry dock/hanger spaces. Port Beal has a maximum draught of 1.5m and has water, electricity, waste, gardiennage services and slip. You can hire boating and sport equipment from the port- paddleboards, jetskis and small boats.
Mandelieu-la-Napoule: This town has a good-sized port called Port la Napoule, with 200 spaces in the public port catering for vessels between 6m and 35m. In the private port there are 717 ports between 6m and 52m. 6m draught. Facilities include water and electricity on the quay, telephone lines in some berths, security surveillance and Wi-Fi.
Mandelieu-la-Napoule also has a river port called Cannes Marina that is located a little way upriver, but it is purely private- they do not accept visitors. If you can rent a berth there off a private owner, there are 1790 berths vessels up to 12 metres and with a maximum draught of 1.5m. There’s a fuel dock, electricity and water, and the marina has shops and restaurants with a supermarket nearby. You can buy berths here; for more information contact Mooring Spot.
Between Mandelieu la Napoule and Theole sur Mer: Port de la Rague offers 560 berths for boats with a maximum length of up to 30 metres, as well as a diving and sailing club.
Theole sur Mer: A little further down the coast you’ll find Marina La Galere, with 170 berths for yachts up to 16 metres.
Marinas to the East of Cannes
Golfe Juan has two popular marinas: Port de Golfe Juan and Port Camille Rayon, which lie side by side. Port Camille Rayon has 833 berths for boats from 6 m to 75 m. Restaurants, bars and yachting suppliers line the docks of these busy ports. There’s also a sizeable shipyard here.
As you can see, the Cannes area has a great range of marinas for boats of all sizes, from the little dinghy to Rihanna’s (rented) superyacht. We do recommend booking as far in advance as possible in this incredibly atmospheric and exciting part of the world.