St Tropez Yacht Charter, French Riviera
What is it that is so enticing about a Saint-Tropez luxury yacht charter along the South of France? St. Tropez is a small fishing village enfolded in the brilliant blues of the sky and sea along the aptly named 'Cote d'Azur', and was made famous as the setting for the film 'And God Created Woman' starring Brigitte Bardot, as well as the inspiration of more than one painting by Pointillist Paul Signac.
Although St. Tropez today is a Mecca for the riotously rich and famous, it deserves a place on any Mediterranean yacht charter itinerary for its charming natural sights, Michelin-quality restaurants, robust vineyards, boutique shopping and top-of the-range modern attractions that fit seamlessly into the traditional surroundings.
Explore the timeless backstreets with your canvas or camera and delight in the scents and tastes on offer from the delis and patisseries. Rest in the shade and savour a drink at one of the many harbour-side cafes or restaurants, or test the skills of your expert on board chef for an alfresco lunch while you cruise to one of the area's many impressive beaches.
At dusk make time disappear amongst the bright lights and beat of the clubs at three-mile long Pampelonne Beach, then discover a quiet anchorage for your own sundeck soiree, or have a quiet night in watching a film with family and friends.
Five quick reasons to visit St. Tropez:
Celebrity studded beach parties, Scenic port town, Magnificent beaches, Family friendly, Incredible contemporary art
More about this part of the Mediterranean
The South of France is one of the most popular luxury yacht charter destinations in the Western Mediterranean, centrally located for onward journeys to Spain and the Balearic Islands, Corsica and Sardinia, or the Italian Riviera. Its recent past as a holidaying spot for artists, authors and aristocrats from Russia has left its history on the landscape, while ancient Roman and Greek influences can still be discovered in the architecture and cuisine.
The famous Cannes Film Festival is only a short cruise away, while the Monaco Grand Prix is another perfect addition to the start the summer superyacht charter season.
St. Tropez Yacht Charter Experiences
Wake up and start the day with an alfresco breakfast in front on one of the fine sand Cote d'Azur beaches, then warm up on your sunbeds or head ashore for a day surrounded by sand and wildlife hiding in the shallow rock pools. Snorkelers will be rewarded with a thriving underwater world where octopus and the occasional dolphin might be spotted amongst the lively schools of fish, while Scuba divers can go even farther down to discover the secret riches of the French Riviera.
Escape the most intense midday sun dining inside your air conditioned superyacht, or head into town for Michelin-starred fare at L'Olivier restaurant, La Voile restaurant or a once-in-a-lifetime experience at three-star La Vague d'Or. Wine connoisseurs can gather round the tables at Chevalier Tropez in town or Chateau Volterra in the countryside and savour the many flavours produced in the coastal soils. Continue the indulgence through the cobblestone streets and select some new artwork for your home, or scour the boutiques for some accessories to match your new ensemble.
From the St. Tropez harbour spectate in the Rolex Giraglia Cup Race or the Voiles de St. Tropez Sailing Yacht Regatta in June and October respectively. The Voiles de St. Tropez Sailing Yacht Regatta is the final main summer event in St. Tropez, and many argue that it is the most exciting event of the entire yachting calendar: A staggering 300 luxury sailing yachts participate, with a crew averaging around 3,500 each year.
Watch all the battles from your Jacuzzi or the sunbeds on your foredeck. Alternatively join the race yourselves with a qualifying luxury sailing yacht for charter feel the thrill of the competition up close, then take part in the evening celebrations at the local yacht club. At dusk, it's quite spectacular to watch the evening lights reflect from the pastel pinks, oranges and yellows of the harbour-side houses and from the interiors of many a superyacht.
Learn more about the milestone moments in St. Tropez history at the Maritime History Museum within the Citadel of Saint-Tropez, the impact of filming in Saint-Tropez and how it came to be, and both modern and unusual art galleries such as Musée de l'Annonciade and butterfly-focused La Maison des Papillons Musée Dany Lartigue.
Lastly, no trip to St. Tropez would be complete without staying for at least one song and a drink in the star-studded beach bars: Voiles Rouge beach club along Tahiti Beach is the hangout of the rich and famous, who dress in very little for the summer weather and the sea. Nikki Beach is one of the world's most famous luxury beach clubs with a franchise spanning the world over (but here is where it started) and Le Club 55 has been a fixture along Pampelonne Beach since 1955.
St. Tropez charter yachts are part of the larger French Riviera fleet and include sailing yachts motor yachts, monohulls, luxury catamarans, superyachts, classic yachts and mega yachts. The summer season in the Western Mediterranean is the most popular and therefore busiest time for luxury yacht charters: To secure your dates well in advance or to find out more, please, contact CharterWorld.
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
July and August are the hottest, driest months along the South of France and in St. Tropez the temperature averages above 23°C/73°F. Rainfall is low throughout the year with October and November likely to experience the most rainfall over a total of 5-6 days.
The sea temperature remains above 21°C/70°F from July through to September, with the shoulder seasons on both sides still comfortable for water sports.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter:
St. Tropez is known for Pampelonne Beach and its beach club lifestyle, and your swimsuit could easily be the only apparel you need for a short stay in St. Tropez. Smart casual is the typical dress for in town, where there are plenty of boutiques to pick up some new additions to your wardrobe. The winds can pick up in the evenings and a light layer is recommended for keeping the wind off outdoors.
If visiting during the off-season, guests should take a lightweight water proof layer for showers in addition to a jumper (sweater) or other warm outer layer to stay warm while wandering the picturesque streets.
Main Ports and Marinas:
Port de Saint-Tropez, Port Cogolin, Port Grimaud
Famous Restaurants & Clubs:
La Vague d'Or restaurant, L'Olivier restaurant, La Voile restaurant, Nikki Beach, Club 55, Tahiti Beach bar, Les Caves du Roy bar, Gaio bar, VIP Room bar, The Voiles Rouge beach club
A Must See Attraction:
Citadel of Saint-Tropez Maritime History Museum, Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Saint-Tropez, Musee de l'Annonciade, La Maison des Papillons Musée Dany Lartigue, Chevalier Torpez, Chateau Volterra
Best beaches to visit in your yacht:
Pampelonne Beach, Nikki Beach, Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Plage des Graniers, Plage des Salins, Plage de Cap Tahiti
Local Yacht Events:
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Rolex Giraglia Cup Race
Best time to go:
The summer is the best time to visit the Mediterranean, when the weather is at its best and there is one spectacular event after another within a short cruising distance. However, if you intend on visiting the most popular landmarks and want to avoid the crowds without organising a private tour, then the shoulder seasons have plenty to hold your interest.
June is an excellent time to visit St. Tropez for events, including National Rosé Day on the 8th of June, the Giraglia Rolex Cup Regatta on the 9th of June and the Vintage Car Rally Megeve to St. Tropez on the 10th of June.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available: Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in St. Tropez.
Full St. Tropez Yacht Charter Guide: Go here for the essential St. Tropez yacht charter guide.
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The cruise was fantastic and the "Impulse" is a truly comfortable and luxurious yacht and we all enjoyed our team there very much. Everything was perfectly prepared when we arrived and the crew was amazing --- Jolande is a fantastic and creative chef who created the most delicious food always wonderfully presented (I very much enjoyed joining her early morning in St. Tropez on her shopping tour to the fish market and other lovely butchers, bakeries and cheese shop where we found the most delicious ingredients for her magical cooking), Bernadette took care of us in the most friendly and attentive way and last but not least Tim, a very helpful and insightful skipper who showed us the most beautiful places. The "Impulse" is a wonderful yacht but the crew made us feel right away at "home" amongst friends. To make a long story short, the cruise was a wonderful and most enjoyable experience and I'm sure it was not the last time I spend time on the "Impulse". A.B from Thailand chartered IMPULSE in St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco in Sept
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