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Antibes - Port Vauban

Antibes - Port Vauban
Other names: Port d’Antibes, SAEM, SAPA, Old Port of Antibes, Billionaires' Quay.
Introduction: Antibes is a historical French port which has grown into one of the largest marinas on the French Riviera, with Port Vauban and its renowned Billionaires’ Quay, between the town and the old fort.
Towns close by: Antibes (06600), Juan-les-Pins (06160), Biot (06410), Vallauris Golfe Juan (06220)
Neighbouring ports: Marina Baie des Anges / Port Gallice / Port Camille Rayon / Port de Golfe Juan
Latitude/Longitude: 43°35'26.28"N ; 7°07'51.93"E

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Town: Antibes Juan-les-Pins

Port Vauban in Antibes is one of the largest ports in the South of France, with more than 1,000 berths for boat lengths varying from 4.5 m to 180 m on the famous “Billionaire’s Quay” which has become an attraction for many visitors of the area, fascinated by the site of some of the largest yachts in the world. Though most of the port and its infrastructures as we see it today date back to 1971, Antibes has been a harbour since the antiquity. This is perhaps why this is a port of contrasts. It gathers behind its walls a variety of boats, yachts and mega-yachts of all ages with a certain harmony. It combines the architecture of what once was the stronghold of Louis XIV’s fleet with the design of some of the most modern yachts of our time.


Antibes is ideally located on the Cote d’Azur’s coastline as a homeport and as a destination. The town is easily accessible by land or by air. If you are landing in Nice Airport, you are only a 20 minute drive away from Port Vauban. For week-end outings on your boat this is a great advantage. The Cape d’Antibes and the “Bay of Cannes” are in fact the geographical centre of the French Riviera that stretches from St Tropez to the Italian border. Consequently, with Port Vauban as your base, you are never too far from home whether you choose to cruise to the West or to the East to some of the prettiest sites this coast has to offer.


Port Vauban has the particularity of having the highest concentration of yacht berths in the area, of which many are “amodié” (their right to use being linked to ownership of shares in the Port). There are more than 100 berths in the port for yachts of 23 m which are mainly located on Mole Sud, Quay 1 and the Old Port. There are also 39 berths for yachts of approximately 30 m x 7 m located on the Capitainerie Quay. Last but not least, the Billionaire’s Quay (officially named Quai Camille Rayon) is home to many 90 m long yachts. It is one of the rare places in which yachts of such a size can dock and stay, which contributes to making Antibes one of the most desired ports in the world. This high concentration of yachts has through time shaped Antibes and its economy. The number of yachts, the variety of services they require and the crew that live aboard them form one of the backbones of the town’s economy and you can be certain that whatever a boat needs, you can find it in Antibes.

Approaches: From the West, the tower of the Old Town is conspicuous. The port’s entrance is located at the level of the « Square Fort » on the hill, further to the North of the ancient fort located at sea level and the port’s outer wall. From the East, after passing the wave / pyramid shapes of Marina Baie des Anges, the entrance is easy to find, bearing on the « Square Fort » on the hill. Caution : During strong easterly winds, the port’s entrance can be extremely rough and hazardous to manoeuvre in.

Port Capacity

Number of berths: 1700
Smallest size: 4.5 m
Maximum size: 180 m
Depths: 2 m to 6 m
Power supply: 220 V and 400 V / 16 A, 32 A, 125 A and 250 A, monophase (triphase available on certain berths).
Water supply: Fresh water supplied to all berths in the marina.

  • Power is supplied to berths throughout the port on the concrete docks (220-380V/32-45A) and on the pontoons (220V-380V). As Port Vauban welcomes particularly large yachts in IYCA, 160 kWh to 300 kWh can be supplied for yachts over 70 m.
  • There are shower blocks (Men/Ladies) located on the ground floor of the harbour office tower. They are permanently looked after (please tip after use).
  • Shipyard facilities: one 150 T travelift in the shipyard / 5 cranes / one 30 T lift / 2 slipways / Refuse dump. The shipyard area is located on the northern part of the port, at the bottom of the “Square Fort”
  • Fuelling Station located at the centre of the port, on the main jetty (same quay as the port office building)
  • The town of Antibes offers a variety of shipchandlers and services for boats and yachts, the majority of which can be found in the « Old Town », South of the Port.
  • Antibes offers a variety of activities whether it be bars and restaurants or cultural attractions. If you are new in town, the tourism office is very close to the Old Port on Boulevard d’Aguillon. A « guide book » of shops and restaurants is available at the harbour office as well.
  • Blackwater treatment: Not available on all berths.

Port Directory


Capitainerie (Port Office) / SAEM de Gestion:


Director : Mr. Pascal Paoli

Conceding Authority: Mairie d’Antibes Juan-les-Pins

Harbour Master : Mr. Georges Angelico


Tel : +33 (0)4 92 91 60 00

Fax : +33 (0)4 93 34 74 04


Website :



International Yacht Club of Antibes (I.Y.C.A ) – Billionaires’ Quay


Manager: Mr. Pierre Rayon

Deputy Harbour Master: Mr. Philippe Cotel


Tel: +33 (0)4 93 34 30 30

Fax : +33 (0)4 93 34 27 52



Local Weather



Other useful contacts :



Antibes Marine Chantier Trehard : +33 (0)4 93 33 79 50

De Stefano Shipyard : +33 (0)4 93 33 69 91

Strat-o-Sphere : +33 (0)4 93 33 69 91


Tourist Office

+33 (0)4 92 90 53 00



+33 (0)4 93 67 67 67


Yacht Club d’Antibes

Tel : +33 (0)4 92 91 13 13


Sailing School

Tel : +33 (0)4 93 61 01 42


Maritime Police

Tel : +33 (0)4 93 34 78 05


BP Fuelling Station

Tel : +33 (0)4 93 62 06 61

The Area

Getting there (car, train, plane):

By car

Port Vauban has large car park which operates on a ticketing system, with double road barriers at the entrances and exits. You can pay as you drive out. Though this is a huge car park that stretches around the harbour, it is frequently difficult to find a place to park, even during low season. Port users and berth holders have one card to access the car park throughout the year, included in their charges. Certain areas of the port’s car park, such as the IYCA, Mole Sud and part of the Capitainerie quay are restricted to those who have their boats moored nearby. There currently are on-going works for a new underground car park close to the port, along the old town’s walls.


By train

Antibes’ Train Station is located approximately 100 metres from Port Vauban, slightly up hill, at the top of « Avenue de la Libération ». If you are arriving from the East by train to this station, you will have a nice view of the port and be able to notice it almost equals the old town’s size.


By air

Nice’s international airport is the closest, only 15 minutes’ drive from the port using the motorway (it is quicker to user the Villeneuve-Loubet motorway exit to commute between Port Vauban and the airport). There are buoys outside the harbour to indicate the positions the larger yachts equipped with helipads can moor during landing and take-off (which are strictly prohibited within the port).

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