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When it comes to boating, Cannes is a bucket-list destination for many travelers and enthusiasts. Charter a yacht for a luxurious day of sailing, speed around the coastline in a powerboat or try out one of the many water sports offerings, like scuba diving trips, while in Cannes on vacation.
For yacht rentals, chartering a boat with a captain is a great way to get the most out of your vacation in Cannes. You can customize your boating day with the choice of cocktails, a meal, and discuss with your captain which highlights and spots you want to see from the water. Read our Cannes Yachting Guide for more information on what to see and how to enjoy a yachting experience while in the French Riviera.
Cannes is an ideal sailing destination. The moderate winds, warm sunshine, and different locations to drop anchor make it ideal for a day cruising around by wind power. The color of the water contrasted with the beautiful onshore architecture and natural features makes the French Riviera a top sailing destination of the world. Rent a sailboat for a day for an unforgettable experience.
Dolphin tours leaving from Cannes are a fantastic option. Travelers who opt for a tour get to interact with these beautiful creatures. You’ll get up close and personal as they play in the waves and swim around the boat.
A day trip from Cannes on a boat to the nearby Lérins Islands is a must. It's an unforgettable experience to have with your travel partners. A short boat ride will land you right into some gorgeous natural scenery and an old monastery, pristine beaches and peace and quiet. It’s very close to the hustle and bustle of Cannes, but the striking difference makes it feel like an entirely different world. Drop anchor off your sailboat and enjoy top-notch snorkeling and diving in this protected area.
In September, the Cannes Yachting Festival takes over the Old Port and Port Canto. It’s considered the largest boating show in Europe and draws in visitors from across the globe to marvel at beautiful boats. The festival showcases some of the finest and most luxurious yachts, sailboats, monohulls, catamarans, and speedboats. It’s a fantastic event for boating enthusiasts. It features hundreds of boats and exhibitors, and different events taking place throughout the week.
If you’re hoping to stay on land for a day while in Cannes, spend some time walking around and exploring the old town. You'll run into other points of interest scattered throughout the city, and maybe even spot a celebrity. The Covered Market (Marché Forville) is a great stop for fresh, local produce, flowers, and seafood. While walking, make sure to stroll across La Croisette, the world-famous promenade. It runs along the water and is full of high-end shopping. It’s a fantastic place for people watching.
If you’re looking to shop on a budget, Rue d’Antibes has more affordable shops for the average visitor. It’s also a beautiful street with restaurants and cafes to stop at if you work up an appetite while shopping.
If you're visiting Cannes at a time that isn't the film festival but still want to check out the venue, visit Palais des Festivals. Get an iconic photo of the 22 steps where they lay the red carpet for celebrities during the Film Festival in May every year. This is also the location of the walk of stars, where you can see handprints from famous celebrities.
The primary marina in Cannes is the Port de Cannes. There are dozens of elegant boats moored at this pleasure marina. La Vieux Port (The Old Port) is a beautiful spot to check out as well. There are many marinas scattered throughout Cannes.
Home to the famous Film Festival, Cannes is a gorgeous city on the French Riviera. It’s a glamorous vacation spot considered a social hub of Europe. It draws in celebrities and the rich and famous from around the world. Because of this, it's much more expensive than many other cities in France and on the French Riviera. The architecture is gorgeous, the surrounding seaside is breathtaking. For foodies, Cannes is full of incredible restaurants winding through cobblestone streets. Public beaches are busy in the summer, and private beaches are only accessible by paying a significant fee.
If you’re looking to experience the vibrant cultural heartbeat that Cannes is famous for, you must visit in the summer. May is the most expensive time to visit due to the Film Festival bringing in hundreds of the rich and famous. The weather stays nice in Cannes until mid-autumn, so a good time to visit would be in September or October if you’re looking for more reasonable prices and fewer crowds at the beaches and in the tourist spots. If you visit in autumn, bring a few layers as it can get chilly in the evenings.
To get to Cannes, the nearest airport is the Nice Cote d’Azur International Airport. From here you can catch a coach bus, taxi or train to Cannes. If you’re visiting during peak season, book your transport in advance whenever possible.
Raphael was a great host for our family of 5 (and dog). He made us feel very welcome on his boat and customised the itinerary to suit our needs. He found us quiet spots to visit les Iles de Lerins. good spots for swimming and was knowledgeable about the area.
Amazing location for the trip. You leave from Vieux Port in Cannes, a great way to depart Cannes. We had a wonderful trip up the coast, went snorkelling between the islands and sailed around the islands home. Raphaël is a great captain and host. Very nice and easy going. Great memory of a day at sea. Strongly recommended and great value.
Gerald is great and so is the wonderful lady who works with him handling the food and drinks etc. they make a perfect team! Highly Recommend!!!!
We had the perfect day, thank you Paul. Our best regards to our amazing captain Pierre, we all loved him and enjoyed his company. All the best XO
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