A Guide to Marinas & Moorings in Nice
The beautiful Mediterranean city of Nice is a fantastic place to berth your vessel, whether in the heart of the city in Port de Nice, or a little further afield in one of Nice’s pleasant coastal suburbs.
There are also a couple of marinas within a short cruise of Nice in the direction of Monaco which have been included here for their proximity and facilities for small vessels.
Port de Nice
Nestled right in the old town of Nice, the Port de Nice is a lively port where superyachts, fishing boats, and cruise ships all go about their business. Surrounded by restaurants and only a short walk to the beach and all of Nice’s many grand buildings, museums and markets, this is a fantastic spot for stepping ashore and exploring one of France’s great cities.
The marina has a total of 520 berths, and can accommodate a wide range of vessels, up to a length of 190m (623') and a maximum draft of 8m. The port can accommodate up to 32 superyachts, including 5 over 50m in length, and you’ll receive a really warm welcome from the friendly marina staff.
Marinas Near Nice (West towards Antibes)
St Laurent du Var
Saint Laurent du Var is a suburb of Nice that stretches along the seaboard to the west of the city, and its marina is one of the Cote d’Azur’s largest and liveliest for smaller vessels. Port Saint Laurent du Var has 1094 mooring berths and 150 stopover berths, and can accept boats up to 23m in length. The port has a large selection of restaurants and plenty of watersports on offer, making it a popular spot for locals and holidaymakers.
Marina Baie des Anges is part of the giant complex of curved apartment buildings that dominate the coastline just west of Nice. A vibrant collection of restaurants, shops and bars line the port, which offers moorings for 475 boats with a maximum length of 30 metres in the marina complex, and a further 48 berths in the public port for boats up to 18 metres. There are also 26 spots for visitor boats, depending on availability.
Marinas Near Nice (East towards Monaco)
Just around the headland from Nice, the deepwater bay at Villefranche has a small capacity marina, La Darse, which can accept yachts up to 34 m. There are 540 moorings with a maximum draught of 4m, and 5 superyacht berths. While it is generally difficult to find a berth in La Darse Marina in the summertime as the berths are privately owned, the bay also offers wonderful anchorage that is very sheltered in most conditions (strong southerly excepted).
Beaulieu –sur Mer
The pretty town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer lies only 5nm from Nice and offers two marinas, the large and vibrant Port de Beaulieu and the small and picturesque Port de Fourmis. Port de Beaulieu caters for 750 vessels up to 25m in length and with a maximum draft of 5m. It has excellent facilities and a brilliant selection of restaurants and yachting businesses right in the port, creating a wonderful atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Port de Fourmis is a small and very pretty marina sitting under some magnificent villas. Port des Fourmis has 260 berths for small vessels with a maximum length of 12m and a maximum draft of 1.5m.
Port Saint Jean Cap Ferrat has 581 moorings for yachts up to 30m in length and a maximum draft of 4m. While there are 205 public berths in this number, it can be difficult to get a berth in the busy summer months. Cap Ferrat is a very prestigious harbour in the shadow of some grandiose villas and has a charming pedestrianised area with upmarket shops and restaurants nearby.
Summary: Nice has a tremendous amount to offer the visiting yachtsmen, and the coastline in either direction is littered with good marinas within a short cruise of the city. Whether you’re looking for a berth right in Nice or would prefer one of the quieter marinas along the nearby coast, berths fill up extremely quickly in the summer months, so book early!