Along with unrivalled luxury, pure relaxation and exclusive glamour, part of the appeal of a yacht charter vacation is a tailor-made cruising experience which enables you to go where you want, when you want. The choice of charter destination isn’t always easy; however. Even once you’ve made a decision between Spain’s Balearic Islands, the Greek Islands, Italy’s Amalfi Coast and the French Riviera, the next question often is, well where to then? While part of the yacht charter service offered by professional yacht brokerages is the creation of a completely bespoke itinerary for you and your guests, it’s always useful to have an idea yourself of the distances between the popular yachting destinations.
We’ve compiled this cruising guide to times and distances between Monaco and five of the most popular French Riviera yachting destinations, calculated using average cruising speeds of 12 knots an hour, dropping anchor rather than mooring in port, and using as the crow flies measurements on water
This pretty peninsular between Nice and Monaco is home to some of the most expensive real estate in the world and, in summer, a selection of the world’s most recognisable superyachts who drop anchor and then tender guests into either the restaurant-lined ports of Beaulieu-sur-Mer or Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Its proximity to Monaco means that it’s only 30 minutes cruising time away, ideal for last-minute lunch reservations at institutions such as the African Queen or decisions to inflate the yacht’s selection of water slides and other inflatables!
Distance from Monaco: < 5 nautical miles
Time from Monaco: < 30 minutes
Cannes oozes red carpet glamour and is a must on any French Riviera yacht charter itinerary. Your Captain may recommend you drop anchor in between the Iles de Lérins, where you can dive off the yacht’s swim platform into the clear water, surrounded by pure nature. Or, you may prefer to take the tender into the port, arriving at the famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès before strolling the designer boutiques of Cannes’ palm-lined waterfront promenade, La Croisette.
Distance from Monaco: < 25 nautical miles
Time from Monaco: < 2 hours
Ever since Bridget Bardot lit up the silver screen in 1956’s “… And God Created Woman,” there has been an undeniable allure surrounding Saint-Tropez. Part sleepy fishing village, part hedonistic wonderland, it is the destination of choice for the A-list and best experienced by yacht. Just under four hours from Monaco when cruising at average speeds, it’s best to ask your Captain to leave early in the morning, so you and your guests can relax on board with a leisurely breakfast, before arriving late morning ready fresh for the ultimate Saint-Tropez experience: an afternoon of Champagne-swilling and people watching at the Pampelonne beach bars including Club 55 and Nikki Beach.
Distance from Monaco: < 45 nautical miles
Time from Monaco: < 3 hours 45 minutes
While the natural instinct is to steer right when leaving Monaco’s Port Hercules, those who choose to turn left are in for a treat. The Italian Riviera is overflowing with authentic experiences, an incredible local cuisine, and pastel-painted villages cascading into the ocean. The postcard-perfect village of Portofino with its seafront restaurants and colourful buildings framed by the vivid green of pine trees draws an exclusive VIP crowd in summer, many who chose to dine or enjoy a spa treatment at the Belmond Hotel Splendido.
Distance from Monaco: < 85 nautical miles
Time from Monaco: < 7 hours 5 minutes
Thanks to its proximity to Monaco and the island of Corsica (and its Italian twin Sardinia) are often incorporated into a French Riviera yacht charter itinerary. With a wild coastline that is often only accessible by water and some of the most spectacular beaches in Europe, it’s easy to see why. The harbour of Porto Vecchio is the place to shelter when the westerly winds are up, and its beaches Palombaggia and Plage de Santa Giulia are the definition of sandy oasis.
Distance from Monaco: < 190 nautical miles
Time from Monaco: < 15 hours 50 minutes