Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Yacht Charter Planning Guide
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Yacht Charter Planning Guide
About St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat | Chartering a Yacht in St Jean Cap Ferrat | Getting There | Climate | History of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat | Things to do in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat | Restaurants | Our Charter Yachts
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a jagged peninsula jutting into the sea just north of Villefranche - the most famous of the "Caps" in the French Riviera, and home to exclusive villas, a Rothschild estate, the renowned Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, and a nice Zoo. This lovely destination also boasts Paloma Beach, a sought after beach destination which many people are unaware of.
This stunning peninsula features a picturesque port, and has a delightful stone path that allows you to hike the entire peninsula by the sea, drinking in view after stunning view. There's a small beach near the port, but Cap-Ferrat is famously rocky and jagged, making for excellent views and picture taking. Here is an itinerary to give you ideas of other incredible places along the coast and some of our recommendations of where you can get the best dining experiences!
The two types of charters that involve Cap Ferrat are stops on a French Riviera weekly itinerary, or a day charter to see Cap Ferrat and the surrounding area.
Luxury Yacht Charters. Cap Ferrat is a must stop for any luxury yacht charter. Anchoring in the bay (with all the other yachts) you can explore the town, visit the Rothschild Villa and hike around the Cape for some good exercise and a wonderful day out.
Day Boat Rentals. If you are staying in a hotel or villa on the French Riviera, then consider a day charter that includes Cap Ferrat, Villefranche and Monaco. Please see our Cannes to Monaco Day Boat Charter Itinerary for complete information.
If you're going to start your charter at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, it is just a short drive from the Nice airport. If you'll be arriving by yacht, it is an easy cruise or sail from Cannes, Nice or Monaco (less than 1 hour by motorboat), and should be on any itinerary that includes these large port towns.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a mild, delightful Mediterranean climate. Average temperatures range from 9°C/48°F in January to 23°C/73°F in the summer. There is very little rainfall in the summer, making it ideal for holidays and charters. Although occasionally the Mistral winds arrive, it is more sheltered by the mountains than for example St Tropez, so the winds are not as strong.
The history of this location is fascinating, and understanding it will make visiting even more enjoyable as your roam the streets where it all happened. It was first settled by Celto-ligurian tribes, then by the Lombards at the end of the 6th Century. The Saracens occupied the region in the 8th century, using it as a pirate base until the 11th Century, ahoy me hearties!
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was given by treaty to the Dukes of Savoy in 1388, who held on to it for several hundred years and constructed a fort to secure the coastline from invaders. The fort could not hold out the Duke of Berwick and the Cap was occupied by the French Army under King Louis XIV in 1706. It became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in 1814 after Napoleon's abdication, but reverted permanently through treaty to become part of France in 1860.
King Léopold II of Belgium built several residences and an artificial lake. Amongst other luminaries, Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild built the Palazzo in 1905, now known as Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and renowned for its sculpted gardens. To this day, Cap-Ferrat continues to attract the elite, so come and see what brings them from far and wide!
Strolling along the peninsula on the beautiful rocky path admiring the views and the villas, this is a favoruite pursuit of many of our guests.
For animal lovers, and kids especially, there is a very cute Zoo in easy walking distance from the port.
If you like mingling with celebrities, Cap-Ferrat is one of the best places in the world to do so. On top of the hill behind the town you can see the houses of both Microsoft founders - Bill Gates and Paul Allen (and you might get a view of one of Paul Allen's famous yachts as well)
If you have the time to explore a bit further, and have access to a car, we highly recommend the drive to the hilltop medieval town of Eze, to see the amazing views down the cliffs to the water. You will also want to explore the quaint seaside towns of Eze-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer. For those with more time on your hands other popular destinatons are Cannes, Antibes and ofcourse the infamous Monaco!
You have any number of restaurants to choose from lining the port or just above in the town - a leisurely lunch enjoying the view, the boats and people watching is very easy to come by in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
Le Cap - the main restaurant at the Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat with all the trimmings
Le Panorama - Hôtel Royal Riviera with an award winning chef
Le Sloop - a nice restaurant on the port
La Voile d’or - beautiful views over the port
Alternatively if you want to go on an adventure for something upscale, have a look at the finest restaurants along the French Riviera!
Excited about going to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat? Boatbookings can find you the ideal charter yacht. Click here to see our St Jean Cap Ferrat Charter Yachts or simply contact us and we'll recommend the best boat for you.