Explore from Antibes by Luxury Boat Rental

Antibes offers winding cobbled streets and traditional buildings, with a picturesque old town that will pique your curiosity for hours on end. Home to Europe’s largest marina, Port Vauban, there is no better way to see this place than cruising the coast on a luxury boat! So here are some of the top destinations you could visit when starting your boat rental in Antibes.

Vielle Ville – Antibes Old Town

By far the most famous area, Antibes’ old town is steeped in history and culture. Wander through the quaint little streets, exploring the boutiques, patisseries and fromageries as you go. Art-lovers are drawn to the Picasso Museum, housed in 14th Century Château Grimaldi. Visit here for an exclusive collection of Picasso’s work, left to the museum in exchange for his 6 month stay in the castle! Even if art isn’t your thing, come here to see the magnificent seascapes at the top of the tower.

Also take a trip to the Marché Provençal and spend some time exploring the local delicacies of lavender, savon de Marseille and herbes de Provence. They have an impressive range of spices and flowers here that form a sea of colour. Pick up a few pastries or a baguette from one of the bakeries and head on down to Port Vauban, there’s plenty more to explore at sea!

From Antibes toward Nice, Villefranche, & Monaco

Cruise eastwards in your luxury boat and admire the superb superyachts harboured in Port Vauban as you leave the port. The fort was originally built in the 16th Century and was essential to defending the town throughout the French Revolution and other historic moments. Just east of here you will reach Pointe Balayé. This area offers spectacular views of the Alpes-Maritimes, you can even see snow cover the peaks as late as May! In the distance are Villeneuve-Loubet’s UNESCO protected pyramid apartments, they are certainly eye-catching!

As you carry on your journey you will be greeted by the city of Nice and it’s sea of terracotta roofs. The Bay of Angels sweeps round and allows you to see a clear view of the old town and Castle Hill, the city’s most historic areas. You could dock here in Port Lympia and take a stroll through the beautiful vieille ville. Place Masséna is the main square and features stunning architecture and the famous Fontaine de Soleil. Have lunch at one of the old town’s many independent restaurants, before returning to your luxury boat to continue the adventure!


Villefranche features traditional architecture, beautiful beaches and local cuisine.

By boat from Antibes to Villefranche-sur-Mer

Nestled quietly in between NIce and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, is the beautiful Villefranche-sur-Mer. A quieter alternative to Antibes and Nice, Villefranche is home to wide beaches and picturesque buildings. The ideal place to anchor and have a picnic. If you also want to explore on shore, take a trip to Chapelle de Saint Pierre, a stunning church famed for its unique architecture. If you’re hungry, Mayssa Beach is a highly recommended French restaurant. Pull up a chair here and enjoy some local cuisine while gazing out onto the bay.

Charter from Antibes towards Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Just east of Villefranche lies Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. This small town is built into the greenery between Nice and Monaco. As you cruise around Pointe de Saint-Hospice, try and catch a glimpse in the distance of the famous Rothschild Villa! Featuring a mansion and nine bespoke gardens, this land has become Cap Ferrat’s most famous landmark. There are also lots of coves around here created by the jagged cliffs and views of the Alpes-Maritimes that will take your breath away. Anchor your luxury boat here to get some amazing holiday pictures!


A boat from Antibes to Monaco

Ah Monaco, the centre of affluence and sophistication. This is the perfect stop if you’re craving a taste of the high life. Browse some of the biggest superyachts as you drift into Port Hercules, with the grandeur of Monte-Carlo towering over you. Dock here to explore the world-famous Monte-Carlo Casino and Hotel de Paris in the centre of Place du Casino. You could spend hours here browsing the designer shops along the pavilion. For lunch, head to Hotel Hermitage. There is a terrace here which serves excellent food and wine, and all experienced with a beautiful view of Port Hercules and the surrounding cliffs.


If you're looking for luxury, Monte-Carlo is the place to be...

A boat trip from Antibes, going West

If you choose to go west on your luxury boat from Antibes (turning right as you exit the port), then you will be greeted by the delights of Cap d’Antibes. Much like Cap Ferrat, this area is more of a wild landscape, featuring impressive rock formations and hidden coves awaiting your exploration. The Baie des Milliardaires (bay of billionaires) is filled with wildlife, and this is an ideal picnic spot where you can jump into the water for a swim. Then continue your journey west and follow the enormous bay of Golf Juan, with beaches which seem to be never-ending.


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From Antibes to Cannes on a Private Boat

Cruising past Pointe Croisette will lead you to Port Pierre Canto. So drop anchor here and take in the views from Square du 8 Mai 1945. Here you can also see the entirety of Baie de Cannes and all of the luxury hotels it is home to. If you want to explore some more, stroll along the Croisette to experience beautiful views of Cannes’ old town. Have your photo taken on the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals and follow in the footsteps of film royalty. If you fancy something to eat, Salsamenteria di Parma is in the heart of the old town. Offering excellent wine and Italian food, the restaurant is a great representation of the beautiful mix of Franco-Italian culture in this part of France.

The Corniche d’Or

Branching from Théoule-sur-Mer to Marseille, seeing some of the Corniche d’Or on your charter is a must because it offers some of the most spectacular views on the Mediterannean. The coastline is well-known for its jagged red cliffs and breathtaking natural beauty. Also cruise westwards to Rade d’Agay, where you can anchor under the Massif d’Estérel and take in the wonderful surroundings. This area is a local favourite for swimming, as you can float in the calm waters sweeping the bay.


Saint-Tropez is known for its beaches, glitz and glamour.

Antibes to Saint-Tropez by boat

The ideal place to indulge, Saint-Tropez is an essential stop on any luxury boat trip because of its prestige. Anchor in the bay and watch the biggest boats and superyachts drift in and out of the harbour. Also renowned for its beaches, this would be an ideal location to sunbathe and watch the world go by. There are also a number of designer boutiques here to fulfill your curiosity, La Girelier is just off of the harbour and serves exquisite seafood, making for an amazing meal before you head back out on the water!


The Most Popular Options for Boat Rental in Antibes

212 Yachts have hundreds of luxury boat rentals and day yacht charters from Antibes. We are the industry leaders in day boat rental in the region because we provide an impeccable service. We also have an additional team that are experts in longer yacht charters on the Mediterranean.

Above are some of the most popular Antibes day yacht charter options, but please note that we have many more options on offer!

There are endless possibilities when starting your boat rental in Antibes, and we can help create an itinerary that suits your tastes. Search our yachts to find the ideal choice for you.

To discuss boat rental in Antibes, please contact our team of expert charter brokers. 

Written by

Lewis is the Fleet Manager at 212 Yachts. He is originally from the UK. He previously worked on superyachts and traveled the world extensively by yacht. He has excellent knowledge of super yacht destinations, on and off the beaten track and what can be achieved on a yacht charter. His knowledge of boats and the maintenance required, ensures he applies the highest standards to the boat charter fleet he manages on the French Riviera. This means that you’ll always have a great day out with 212 Yachts. Lewis has previously lived in Cape Town and now lives in the South of France with his Wife and dog Leo. He loves organising smooth charters and nothing brings 'me more joy than seeing the smiles on clients faces after an amazing experience on the water'. His core value that aligns perfectly with the company is to always make that extra degree of difference, "this is how we make sure you’ll be beaming from ear to ear when you’ve experienced a 212 Charter! I hope that we can welcome you on board soon and provide you with an unforgettable experience. If you are looking for any assistance for your next charter, or you’re overwhelmed looking into your first charter, no matter how big or small, please ask for me when you get in touch."

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