All about Cannes
The ultimate yachting hotspot during the sunny season, and the added appeal of the famous annual film festival for celebrities, Cannes is one of the most prestigious destinations for yacht rentals. The golden beaches and cobalt blue sea create glistening coastlines all along the famous French Riviera, while the Estérel mountains opposite produce the most scenic outlook from your vessel. From high-end restaurants to effortlessly elegant boutiques and shops, Cannes offers the perfect retreat for all.
Cannes’ Ports and Harbors
Vieux Port (Port of Cannes) is the main harbor of Cannes. Modern and fully-equipped, yet eco-friendly, Port of Cannes has over 800 berths with excellent customer service, guaranteeing a pleasant stay during your yacht rental. Regardless of the large quantity of berths available in this port, it is necessary to reserve valuable berths in advance.
Port Pierre Canto offers a warm welcome to yachts and their crews during their voyage on the French Riviera. Located on the east side of the Promenade de la Croisette, vessels up to 85m occupy this illustrious port which offers high-quality facilities and is walking distance from everything you might need.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Cannes
Cannes Film Festival launches the summer season in May with temperatures rising until they peak at an average temperature of 22°C in August. Though in recent years, temperatures have frequently peaked over 30°C. The wettest month of the year is statistically October with 70mm of rain.
You may prefer to venture out on your yacht charter in May and share the port with the outburst of A-listers on their supreme yachts, or perhaps you would rather enjoy the mediterranean atmosphere to yourself. If the latter, we favor going in September when the summer crowds have subsided, leaving the heat and ocean in your company.
The Mediterranean Coast is known for its strong mistral winds, usually during the winter and spring seasons, so we advise that you take extra care if sailing during this time of the year. Summer leaves the ocean at its calmest with minimal tides and light breezes, a safer time of year for sailing.
What to do in Cannes
If shopping is your thing, we suggest exploring the boutiques along the palm tree studded Boulevard de la Croisette and Rue d’Antibes. If in search of lavish luxuries, allow us to tip you off on a couple of shops; Les Projecteurs, Le Shop 17 and Croisette 55, you won’t be disappointed. As well as the hundreds of shops in these two main shopping streets, the Suquet Hill district is lined with provençal themed shops and unique gift shops.
However, if you’re more of a foodie, the bistros, bars and restaurants in Cannes are more than capable of tickling your taste buds. The diversity of food available caters for all dietary requirements so you should have no problem eating your favourite cuisine in Cannes. Visit 3.14 Beach for an organic and entirely gluten free menu! If you would rather stay close to shore, absorb your vitamin D on the beach while you prescribe yourself some vitamin C with a seasonal fresh fruit platter from Z Plage, Plage 45 and Baoli Beach!
Some propositions for those of you who like to enjoy the region’s notorious rosé, GOTHA nightclub usually opens on the first evening of Cannes Film Festival and remains open for the rest of the summer season. Famous Djs play their sets at Le Bâoli where there are also many events on throughout the season, too.
How to get to Cannes
If your yacht rental begins in Cannes, here is our travel advice.
The nearest airport is Nice-Côte d’Azur airport (NCE) with many flights provided from British Airways, Jet2, Easyjet, Monarch, Ryaniar and Aerlingus.
Taxis, buses and trains are all suitable methods of transport from the airport. Taxis cost approx. €70-75, with potentially an additional charge during the night. The bus costs €22 one way, or €33 for a return ticket. Train prices and services vary.
However, If you like to arrive in style, Azur Helico
is a helicopter company in the area which operates flights from Nice Airport to various locations along the French Riviera
, including Cannes. The journey includes an onward shuttle
to your yacht or hotel and costs from €430 for three to six people.