The best destinations to visit on a luxury French Riviera yacht hire

January 31, 2024

Planning a yacht hire in the French Riviera? Here, we outline three not-to-be-missed destinations. Start planning your French Riviera superyacht charter here.

The best destinations to visit on a luxury French Riviera yacht hire

The French Riviera is considered the epicentre of the superyacht industry, with its coastline peppered with some of the world’s chicest destinations and exclusive beach clubs. And there is no better way to explore this exclusive enclave than on a luxury yacht hire.

Aboard your private charter vessel, enjoy refined onboard amenities for your exclusive use and incredible service levels courtesy of your yacht’s dedicated crew. Explore the French Riviera at your own pace, enjoying popular ports-of-call or under-the-radar destinations accessible only by boat.

If you are planning a superyacht charter on the French Riviera, read on. Here, we explore three of the best destinations to drop anchor at.

What are the best destinations to explore on a French Riviera yacht hire?

Some of the best destinations to explore on a French Riviera yacht hire include St. Tropez, Monaco, and the Porquerolles islands. Let’s examine each of these destinations in more detail. 


Saint Tropez

1 - St. Tropez

Chic St. Tropez, an elegant coastal town along the Cote d’Azur, is a not-to-be-missed destination during a French Riviera superyacht charter. 

St. Tropez has long been a favourite destination with VIPs, celebrities, and royalty. Its beach clubs are legendary, with Club 55, Tahiti, and Nikki Beach being among the most exclusive. Enjoy a day soaking up the Mediterranean sun, sipping cocktails, and dining on exceptional cuisine at one of these refined hotspots. 

While St. Tropez’s exclusive beach clubs are often the primary draw, don’t forget to leave some time to explore St. Tropez’s pretty Old Town. The 17th-century Citadel, an old fortress that overlooks the town of St. Tropez, is a must-visit. The Citadel is a listed monument and hosts a museum dedicated to the history of St. Tropez. Visitors can also enjoy spectacular views from this vantage point. 


Monaco Port de Fontvieille

2 - Monaco

Nothing can match cruising into Port Hercules, considered the most exclusive port in the world and home to the world’s finest superyachts. Drop anchor, step ashore, and enjoy a day exploring this ultra-luxurious destination, home to the world’s wealthiest individuals. The Principality of Monaco boasts lavish resorts and spas, Michelin-starred restaurants, and a superb selection of designer boutiques selling the world’s most coveted goods. Its nightlife is legendary, with a superb selection of ultra-hip clubs to party the night away. 

Many yacht charterers choose to combine a French Riviera superyacht charter with Monaco’s iconic F1 Grand Prix, which sees the principality host some of the world’s most extravagant parties, many held on superyachts moored in Port Hercules alongside the F1 race track.



3 - Porquerolles

The natural beauty of the Porquerolles Islands is best explored by boat. Located just off the coast of Hyeres on the French Riviera, the Porquerolles islands offer a tranquil destination from which to forget the stresses of day-to-day life; it’s a destination where yacht charterers can enjoy golden beaches, rolling countryside, and picturesque vineyards. 

The waters surrounding the Porquerolles are calm and azure blue, making this a great destination to make the most of your luxury yacht’s tenders and water toys. 

On the island of Porquerolles (the largest of the three islands), there is a pretty 14th-century fort to explore, which offers spectacular panoramic views. However, the best thing to do on a visit to the Porquerolles Islands is to cruise the picturesque coastline and enjoy the pretty coves and beaches accessible only by boat.


How can I book a French Riviera yacht hire?

If you want to enjoy a French Riviera yacht hire, the best way to do so is to contact a reputable charter brokerage, such as the team at Kensington Yachts. The best charter brokerages boats access to a stunning fleet of French Riviera luxury yachts for hire and will be able to curate a charter itinerary just for you.