La Rochelle Boat Rentals
About La Rochelle
Sitting on the Bay of Biscay, La Rochelle is a beautiful coastal city in western France. Historically, it has served as an important seaport and fishing community, dating back to the 12th century. The Vieux Port (old harbor) is the primary focal point of the city. This is where boating enthusiasts dock their beloved vessels during the summer season. La Rochelle has the largest pleasure-boat marina in Europe.
Due to the meticulous preservation of its historical buildings and structures, the city provides an authentic, old-French vibe. Tourists can spend hours wandering the streets, sitting in cafes and soaking up the beauty of this quaint, classic French city. There are many picturesque seafood restaurants that line the old harbor at the center of the city.
The best time to visit La Rochelle is during the summer. La Rochelle does not get as warm as some of the cities on the French Riviera. Shoulder seasons of late spring/early autumn can see cooler weather that may be too chilly for boating and water activities. August is by far the busiest and most expensive time to visit, booking in advance is a must during this month. Most French citizens take their holidays in August, so hotels and resorts get booked up and prices surge throughout the city. May through July are the best months to see warm temperatures and lower prices than during the peak in August. September and early October can also be nice weather for a visit. Winters are cold and not recommended if you're looking to enjoy boating in La Rochelle.
There is an airport in La Rochelle, which is the largest in the region, with many international flights and budget airlines arriving daily. It’s one of the busiest airports in France. It's 15 minutes to the city center of La Rochelle. The train station in La Rochelle connects with trains going to Paris, Bordeaux, and several other towns.
Boat Rentals in La Rochelle
Chartering a yacht, sailing for a day or zipping around in a speedboat are all popular boating options for travelers in La Rochelle. Catamaran tours are a fantastic choice for a day of cruising around the beautiful coast of La Rochelle. Many boats come with a galley kitchen so you can pack a lunch to enjoy at sea if you charter a boat for a whole day. You have the option of chartering a boat with a captain or by yourself if you’re an experienced boater. Sailing in the gentle breezes of La Rochelle makes for a beautiful day trip.
Fishing charters are also available in La Rochelle. On a fishing charter you’ll spend the day reeling in mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna and other Atlantic fish with an experienced skipper.
If you’d rather zip around by a faster boat, there are many inflatable boat options to fulfill your need for speed. See the coastline of La Rochelle and enjoy cruising through the vibrant blue waves of the Atlantic.
Boating Events in La Rochelle
The Grand Pavois La Rochelle is a massive international, in-water boat show which takes place annually at the end of September. The show is in the Port des Minimes in La Rochelle and showcases hundreds of boats including yachts, powerboats, catamarans and many more. It’s an event that attracts thousands of visitors to the city.
Other Things To Do
While on land, taking a stroll around the Vieux Port and the Towers of La Rochelle. You can climb the 12th-century towers for a gorgeous view of the sea, admiring the boats sailing in and out of the harbor. Continue walking through Parc Charruyer for a picnic and a taste of green space within the city.
A visit to the La Rochelle Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Louis) is a nice quick stop to see some stained glass and pretty architecture. The lighthouse is another historical point of interest worth seeing while exploring the city
If you like to appreciate the beauty of the sea but on land, the aquarium of La Rochelle is something not to miss. It’s the perfect place to spend a few hours if you have kids or a marine biology enthusiast. There are countless species of fish, from tiny jellyfish to intimidating sharks swimming around in the tanks.
For history buffs in the group, a stop at the Le Bunker de La Rochelle is a must. Constructed in 1941 during the occupation by the Germans, the Bunker now serves as a museum. It provides information about La Rochelle during WWII including details about a nearby U-boat base.
Marinas in La Rochelle
Because of the sheer size of the port and its fame for being host to hundreds of European pleasure boats, there’s no shortage of marinas in La Rochelle to meet all your boat rental needs.
Most of the marinas of La Rochelle are near the Vieux Port.Company Des Régates Rochelaises is an excellent choice if you’re looking to learn how to sail while in La Rochelle. Life and Boat is another excellent choice for rentals and charters while you’re in La Rochelle. Marinas in La Rochelle have full-service maintenance facilities, thousands of berths, and helpful staff. Be sure to check out Port de Plaisance de la Rochelle, as it's the largest in Europe.