Port Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is located on Cape Ferrat, on a narrow stretch of land, the pointe of Saint Hospice, situated between the Bay of Saint Laurent and the Cove of Lilong, which are areas where boat owners particularly like to drop anchor for the day. Initially, this was a naturally sheltered small fishing harbour. The space where this harbour was is nowadays the “Public Port”, where the smallest berths destined for local fishermen and local residents are located. The marina as we know it today was built in the 1970s, with among other works the construction of a 350 metre jetty and breakwater, which is the main shelter from Eastern winds in Port Saint Cap Ferrat. These enhancements required significant investments from the private sector, and therefore the marina is nowadays still predominantly private. Lease-hold berths can still be purchased and sold between individuals wanting to base their boats or yachts there. The end of this private marina’s concession is due to expire at the end of 2021.
Port Saint Jean Cap Ferrat has become a particularly coveted location to moor ones boat or yacht. Well before the development of the modern marina, Cap Ferrat was already a retreat, a holiday destination, for some of the wealthiest people on the planet. It is still the case nowadays, where amongst the lush vegetation and pine trees are many luxurious villas, varying in style, rivalling with each other in prestige and style. The prices of real estate there are amongst the highest on the planet. As a result, the centre of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, right next to the port, has the atmosphere of a warm secluded village where residents from all corners of the globe visit all year around. In addition to the residents, many boat owners in the region prefer this marina to others for its calm and amazing scenery.
Port Saint Jean was essentially designed for boats up to 12 metres in length (40’). Apart from the public port, the majority of private-lease berths for boats are accessible from the quays and piers located on the western side of the marina, close to the restaurants, shops and offices situated beneath the promenade. The berths for the largest boats are where there is more space to manoeuvre, along the main harbour’s main channel, on pier 2 and pier 7 (various moorings for 18 m / 60’ boats) and along the Grande Jetée (or Main Jetty) where yachts up to 28 metres (91’) in length overall can moor.