All about Sailboats in Cannes
Whether for one day, a week or a season, sailboat hire in Cannes are a brilliant way to cruise the French Riviera and discover all that the Côte d’Azur has to offer. Enjoy the authentic feel on board your sailing boat while you cruise the the Mediterranean Sea and explore the smaller and hidden coves that mass tourism hasn’t detected yet. Cannes itself is a fantastic sailing base as its harbor Vieux Port (Port of Cannes) is fully-equipped with anything you might need within walking distance.
Cannes gets put under the international spotlight during the annual Cannes Film Festival in May where celebrities often spend their time on yachts in the harbor
, so if you don’t mind the hustle and bustle, rent a sailing boat in May and make an A-lister your neighbor!
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Cannes
Sailing in Cannes is a year-round activity, though we suggest beginner sailors stay clear of winter and spring when the mistral winds are much stronger in the region. The waters are much calmer during the summer and autumn seasons with minimal tides, making September our favourite month for sailing. The temperatures are still so warm it feels as though autumn will never arrive, yet the crowds have died down from the summer holidays, leaving you in more tranquil surroundings with endless hours of sunshine.
Sailing Destinations around Cannes
The Iles de Lérins (also referred to as the Cannes Islands) are a short sail from Vieux Port, an idyllic day trip or an island mini break. Île Sainte-Marguerite is famous for holding the Man in the Iron Mask prisoner, you can even visit his cell! This island is car-free and essentially an enchanted forest island surrounded by clear water coves where you can soak up the sun onboard your sailing boat or sunbathe on your favourite shore.
Île Saint-Honorat is a smaller and contrasting neighbouring island where you are advised to dress modestly due to the colony of monks that have been living on this island for more than 1500 years. Smoking is also forbidden here.
If you wish to branch out even further, visit the notorious Saint-Tropez or Saint-Raphaël and Frejus where there are a variety of sandy beaches, large marinas and popular snorkelling zones.