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8 tips for a luxury yacht charter in the French Riviera


Expect the French Riviera to be good fun

Saint Tropez

Benjamin Marshall, former captain of the 52 metre sailing yacht Red Dragon, gives his top tips on how to make the most of a superyacht charter in the French Riviera this summer

Expect it to be good fun but don’t expect it to be cheap

Saint Tropez, Cannes and Monaco deliver on the traditional glamour and party vibe associated with the area. Don’t expect it to be cheap but expect it to be good fun. You can have a wild crazy time and go clubbing until your heart is content.

The onshore agencies have relationships with all of the top clubs. However, if you want a table you are likely to find yourself with a minimum €5,000 spend and for that you are only going to get a couple of bottles of champagne.

_Alloy sailing yacht Red Dragon was sold in a direct deal last year with yacht charter and sales specialist Edmiston & Company. _

Photo courtresy of Ioan Panaite/Shutterstock.com

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Plan ahead for the French Riviera's big events

Port Hercule Monaco

The Grand Prix in Monaco and the Cannes Film Festival are both fantastic events in the French Riviera. They are all about the party, the action and using the boat as the base. Both of the events mean a little bit of sleeping and lots of entertaining. However, if you want to be in the best locations you need to plan in advanced and be prepared to pay a premium.

Don't miss Boat International's guide to the best charter yachts still available for the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix.

Photo courtesy of Jason Ho/Shutterstock.com

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Consider the Porquerolles in the French Riviera

Superyacht destination Porquerolles

If you are looking to escape the crowds of the Côte d'Azur then I think the Porquerolles is a lovely area. As well as being quieter it also has some of the best diving in the Med. Due to its proximity to the Gulf de Lyon the water gets cleaned through so there is very good sea life there. There is also much less chance of jellyfish which seem to plague the main coastline.

Photo courtesy of Jochen Schoenfeld

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