Yacht charter in the South of France

The South of France is home to the biggest and most luxurious ports in the world. The Monaco and Cannes harbors are famous and are a place to see and be seen year-round. This is where the jet set lifestyle really comes to life and what the Côte d'Azur is mostly known for. The ultimate place to start your yachting trip!

Why charter a luxury yacht in the South of France?

Thanks to its history, gastronomy and cultural wealth, the South of France attracts people from all four corners of the world. Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera is a dream destination for all water sports enthusiasts. If you would like to combine the beauty of the coastline with luxury and comfort, chartering a yacht in the South of France is an excellent choice. The French Riviera is a favorite destination for many to charter yachts, where sunny weather and good mood prevail all year round. Another must-see yacht rental destination in France is Corsica. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, this small island is a real gem. The small bays and the crystal clear waters of Ajaccio and Porto-Vecchio offer you a unique environment and an exceptional atmosphere.

Top destinations in the South of France

From Monaco to Nice, from Saint Tropez to Cannes, the South of France mixes astonishing coastal cliffs and utopic beaches with mountainous zones and lush greenery. Film festivals, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the French Riviera has it all. If you are looking for old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, stunning seaside locations, no place on earth compares with the South of France. Known for a jet set lifestyle, royalty, movie stars, mega yachts, swanky beach clubs, fine dining and champagne, the area still radiates with charm and charisma; people come here to unwind on its gorgeous beaches and stroll along its stylish boulevards.

Yacht charter in Monaco

Monaco might be the world’s second-smallest country, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it's also renowned for one of the world's most famous harbor and home to the annual Formula One Grand Prix.

Yacht charter in Cannes

Famous worldwide for its film festival, the small town of Cannes on the French Riviera has that authentic Provencal charm, typical of the South of France. The Port Pierre Canto offers a warm welcome to yachts and their crews during their voyage on the French Riviera.

Yacht charter in Nice

If it is time for some culture during your private charter in the South of France there is no better city to take in the history and heritage of the French Riviera than Nice. This exceptional city is a blend of cultural styles and home to many museums, galleries, historical monuments, parks and gardens.

Yacht charter in Saint Tropez

Pack your fancy straw hat and get ready for the glitz and glamour Saint Tropez has to offer. Just thinking of a summer beach can evoke a sense of joy. In the French Riviera, with its fun, glamorous and beautiful beaches, this phenomenon is even easier to understand.

Yachts for charter in the South of France

Thinking about renting a luxury yacht in the South of France? Browse our expansive fleet of luxury yachts for charter and let Boatsters Black’s yachting experts take care of your tailormade experience!

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Best time to charter a yacht in the South of France

The weather in the South of France is amongst the best in France with average summer temperatures above 30oC. The weather is predominantly Mediterranean, with long hot dry summers, warm springs and autumns, and clear mild winters. The South of France region is the driest region of France, you can expect around 300 days of sunshine a year in the Côte d'Azur. Generally speaking, the best time to visit the French Riviera is during the late spring to early fall, late May through September. Spring brings warmer temperatures ideal for coastal walks and perhaps a dip in the sea, plus the return of green cliff sides, lush blooms, and foliage.

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About the South of France

The South of France conjures up images of stylish seaside holidays, complete with private beach clubs, upscale boutique shopping, and fancy gourmet dining. This description fits the Côte d'Azur perfectly, filled with glitzy towns like Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and Saint Tropez. These beautiful towns are sailing hubs for the world's mega-yachts and their owners and guests. The parties are legendary, the clubs have a guest list that you'd be lucky to crack and the summer is hot, in every sense of the word.
After the French Riviera, the second most-visited area in the South of France is Provence. This sun-drenched countryside bursts with charm and historic attractions, including enchanting medieval hilltop towns and ancient Roman ruins. Small farms, fields of lavender, and colorful open-air markets add to the rustic appeal.

History of the South of France

The French Riviera first started to receive popularity from the British when novelist Tobias Smollett wrote about its health benefits. The South of France then very quickly became a fashionable health resort for the upper class. The vivid colors of the Mediterranean attracted many well-known artists during the 19th and 20th century.

Gastronomy of the South of France

France is the home of cooking, then the South of France must be the top supplier of ingredients used in its kitchen. With a wonderful climate for growing fresh vegetables and herbs, plentiful fresh fish and fantastic local beef, the southern part of France is the perfect location for quality cooking.

The unique benefits of a private yacht charter in the South of France

Private luxury yacht cruising has always been associated with vacationing in the South of France and the ports of the French Riviera are among the most popular destinations in the world of yachting. Next to freedom, privacy and independence, private yacht charters will also give you a time to connect. Aboard a yacht, time passes more slowly. It's a chance to get back to nature and enjoy life's simple pleasures—like a school of fish swimming by or a spectacular sunset. Most importantly, you spend quality time with those closest to you, in one of the most sought-after destinations around the globe.

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Frequently asked questions about a yacht charter in the South of France

What does the charter contract look like?

The majority of the industry works with standardised contracts which have been created and refined by a consortium of industry professionals called MYBA. The charter contract outlines all the variables of a specific charter, such as the yacht, price, dates and location, as well as all the terms and conditions which cover all eventualities and the relationship between the various parties to the agreement.

In addition to the charter rate, which is the cost of renting the yacht, its equipment and its crew, there are extra costs which will be charged on top. These typically include any tax due on the charter (see VAT section above) and the APA which covers everything you will consume during your charter. On a case by case basis there may be delivery fees if you prefer to book the yacht in a location different to its base. Finally, some yachts require security deposits when hosting events.

All yachts have a limitation as to the number of guests which can be accommodated on board. This relates to the rules and regulations for the safety of passengers and is determined for each yacht based on the number of berths (individual sleeping places) and safety equipment. The maximum number of guests on board is usually 12, which is dictated by the general rules for commercial vessels, although some larger yachts can accommodate up to 36 guests if they are classified as passenger ships.

The process of booking a yacht can be quite complex, between finding the right yacht from the thousands available on the market, negotiating the best rates, the contract, working out the itinerary, the most efficient tax structure and many more. Our charter agents are here to take care of all the details so that you can focus on the fun part of the trip: relaxing on board and enjoying the sea and the area you are cruising!

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