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Marina Berths for sale in the South of France

Marina Berths for sale in the South of France

The French Riviera or Côte d’Azur is one of the most popular boating and yachting destinations in the world. According to its original definition by Stéphane Liégeard, in 1887, the Côte d’Azur is the coast line that stretches from Chateau d’If (near Marseilles) all the way to Genoa. However, nowadays, it is commonly accepted the French Riviera is only in France and that its Eastern boundary is the French- Italian border, with the two ports of Menton (the Old Port and Menton-Garavan). The Western boundary of this cruising destination varies depending on the sources. Many people consider that Saint-Tropez is the most western marina. This is mostly because it is considered as one of the three “hot-spots” of the Côte d’Azur, the most famous locations in the area, the two others being Cannes and Monte-Carlo. According to this definition, the Riviera would therefore be only the most Eastern coast of the South of France, stretching over only 50 nautical miles, thus only half of Liégeard’s “Côte d’Azur”.  

On MooringSpot, we have chosen to uphold the original definition. The Côte d’Azur stretching from Marseille to Menton is and always will be, due to its topography and breath-taking scenery, a popular cruising destination, though there is a clear contrast between the coast East of Saint-Tropez which has a high concentration of yachts, superyachts and megayachts, and the coast to the West, which is primarily a boating destination.


Access the Berths available on the French Riviera and Côte d'Azur 


View of Saint-Tropez, the town, the picturesque church dome, the marina and the entire Gulf (or Bay) of St-Tropez.


The marina berth market in the South of France originally appeared in the mid-1960s with the construction of the first private marina in Cannes, Port Pierre Canto, in 1965. Until the 1980s France actively encouraged the construction of private marinas in order to develop boating and tourism. The private companies who obtained the concessions to build the marinas sold long term berth leases to individual investors. 


View of the Port of Cannes (the Old Port), with the marina and the old town in the background.



Though at first, these were not seen as the most profitable investments, as the French Riviera grew in popularity, and as more boats and yachts came to cruise these waters, a shortage of mooring facilities became apparent in the early 1990s. People could no longer rent berths annually. Instead, new comers could only apply to long waiting lists. Buying long term leases on moorings became the only solution to guarantee long term berthing in the area, and as result, a speculative market appeared. “Berth prices” started soaring, in some cases exponentially.




With the financial crisis in 2008, and the end of private marina concessions becoming imminent, speculation seems to have ceased in most locations of the South of France. Nevertheless, having a mooring of your own on the Côte d’Azur is still nowadays considered an exclusivity, a privilege.


Access Berths for sale on the French Riviera :

Alpes Maritimes (East)

Port of Menton Garavan

Port Hercule (Monaco)

Port of Fonvieille (Monaco)

Port of Cap d'Ail

 Port of Beaulieu

 Port Saint Laurent

 Marina Baie des Anges

 Port Vauban, Antibes

 Port Camille Rayon, Golfe-Juan   

 Port of Cannes

 Cannes Marina

 Port La Napoule - Mandelieu

 Port La Rague - Mandelieu

 Port La Galère

Var (West)

Port Santa-Lucia, Saint-Raphaël Garavan

Port de Saint-Raphaël - Old Port

Port Fréjus

Port of Sainte-Maxime

Port Grimaud

Marines de Cogolin

Port Michel Pacha

Port of Bandol

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