May to September is the time of year when you can head to any of the popular ports in Europe and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. After September, these people head over to the Caribbean instead. They do so with their superyachts, which are fantastic vessels with unimaginable features to enjoy. During the day, they often sail out, enjoying the opportunity to be out at sea, to scuba dive, or to ride their jet skis. However, in the evening, they will get back to the ports to relax. So where should you go if you want to be part of this world?
By far the best spot to go to is St Tropez. Best of all, you can really become part of this little world by looking for affordable St Tropez yacht rentals yourself. This jewel of the French Riviera is on the south coast. Started as a small fishing village, it is now the Mecca of the rich and famous. 1,050 vessels can moor here, but the bay can also hold a lot of other yachts, something that many people choose to do on warm months. The 58m Austal yacht Outback, the 68m luxurious CRN Alwaeli, and the 52m Golden Yachts O’Neiro are just some of the yachts that can be found there.
Antibes is one of the French Rivier’s largest ports, if not the world. There are two main parts to the harbor, with the inner one holding hundreds of yachts. The outer harbor, meanwhile, holds the superyachts. However, if the inner harbor is filled to capacity, smaller vessels may also go to the outer part. Some of the superyachts you can find here include the 75m opulent Anastasi, the Ecstasea (one of the superyachts Roman Abramovich owns), and the 126m Octopus, which currently belongs to Paul Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder.
Barcelona is also a very popular destination for owners of superyachts. Found on the northwestern corner of Spain, the city has recently pumped a 33 million Euro investment into the Villanova Grand Marina, described as a “true 21st century marina”. This is one of the only marinas in the world designed specifically for superyachts, and particularly those of 80m in length or more. There are 49 moorings for these types of vessels. The 80m Amevia Oceanco yacht and the 60m Paraffin Feadship superyacht are just two of the ships that have already moored here.
The world is a big playground for the rich and famous who have the ability to own superyachts. However, you can get a little taste of that lifestyle yourself by renting a yacht, even if it is just for a day. Or, if that is out of your budget, you have the opportunity to visit any of these port towns and simply soak in the atmosphere. Interestingly, St Tropez, Antibes, and Barcelona can be visited with a shoestring budget as well. So long as you know where to go, you can enjoy being part of high society without the associated price tag.