Long associated with the rich, famous, and royalty - think Princess Grace and her husband Rainier - Monaco is one of the best locations for yachting and sailing in Europe and beyond. It attracts people from across the globe, particularly in the summer, but at other times of year as well. Expats in Monaco, and those near it, truly have access to some of the most amazing coastal playgrounds in the world.
The Monaco Yacht Summit takes place each year in September.
For those that live in or are moving to Monaco, you may want to consider the Yacht Club de Monaco, which has its own Marina . The club "meets all the criteria of the label La Belle Classe Destinations, an international network of marinas guaranteeing a high standard of reception, services and security."
Some of the people that come to enjoy Monaco do indeed sail right up to the various ports available, and others come by land and look to charter boats for a variety of reasons.
While the district of Monte Carlo is the most bustling and popular place in Monaco, the "principality" has gone out of the way to ensure that other areas are developing nicely as well.
Expats in Nice will be delighted to know that they are only 30 minutes by land to Monaco, and other expats in France are obviously also close as well. Even expats in Spain will be delighted to find that Monaco and everything it has to offer is well within striking distance.
Ports Available in (or Near) Monaco
Port Hercules is the only deep water port in Monaco. It has received several upgrades over the course of the last several years and is always replete with some of the most luxurious yachts in the world. Read a bit more about Port Hercules on TripAdvisor.
Port de Fontvieille "can accommodate up to 275 boats with a maximum draught of three metres," according to its management company's website. Read a bit more about it on Fonteville on Wikipedia and Port de Fontvieille on Trip Advisor.
Vieux Port de Menton is beautiful small port that has recently received some nice renovations. Read more about Vieux Port de Menton on Trip Advisor.
The Port de Garavan is located near the French/Italian border. Good eats can be found right at the harbor at the aptly named Port Garavan.
And lest anyone forget, boating is a all about fun. So sailing into a slip and heading to shore for some of the best dining, clubs and gambling is just what the doctor ordered. Coming from the land? Then book a great hotel room and enjoy all of those same amenities.