Boat rental in Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi): how and where?

Louer un bateau à Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi)

Thinking of renting a boat in Port-Camargue? This is one of the best ways to discover the Camargue countryside!

The Camargue Regional Park is one of those protected corners of France where time seems to stand still. This land of tradition, planted with reeds and tamarisk, is bathed in the pink ink of the salt marshes and the blue of the Mediterranean. Ebony bulls and white horses graze under the watchful eye of the gardians. Tall grasses and marshes encircle wild beaches and fortified towns.

With a glass of gris in one hand and a mouthful of Camargue aperitif in the other, the pleasure is all yours. Did you know that the Camargue, straddling land and sea, lends itself perfectly to nautical activities? Would you like to rent a boat in Port-Camargue and discover the folklore, fauna and flora of the Camargue from the water? Then follow the guide!

Ideas for boat trips from Port-Camargue

Port-Camargue, equidistant from Corsica and the Balearics, located between the Pointe de l’Espiguette and the port of Le Grau-du-Roi, offers a number of attractive sailing routes. After enjoying the « Grau », its local produce, picturesque lanes and seaside facilities, head for the Mediterranean.

In the Camargue

Village de Camargue : Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Take a short route along the wild coast to Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Beaches dotted with small lighthouses and historic towns keep you company. Like Saint-Louis returning from his crusade, dock at Aigues-Mortes.

Stroll through the heart of this imposing fortified town and munch on a piece of orange blossom fougasse. You can also visit the Salins, whose colors are sure to dazzle you depending on the season.

Sète and Agde

Sète

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For a weekend or just over, you can also sail to Sète or Agde. Occitanie, by sea or via the Rhone Canal, offers an authentic and peaceful cruise. The gentle way of life and natural scenery are sure to seduce you.

When you arrive in Sète, you’ll discover a fashionable town with a colorful, dynamic downtown. In Agde, especially in summer, you can take part in numerous festive events and gatherings.

Provence and/or Côte d’Azur

baie de Calanques Sormiou

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Alternatively, why not set sail for the calanques of Marseille,Hyères or Cannes. On the French Riviera, the scenery changes. Renowned for its craggy landscapes and seabed, the dry, flat horizon of the Camargue gives way to palm trees, turquoise coves, hills and more formal quays.

Mediterranean islands

Porto - Corse

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If you’re looking for a long crossing on a catamaran or sailboat with your yacht charter in Port-Camargue, you can sail to the Balearic Islands or Corsica. Discover the most beautiful island of our territory and the most beautiful archipelago of the Grande Bleue…

Rent a boat to explore Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi) and the surrounding area

 

What type of boat to rent in Port-Camargue?

Louer un bateau à Port Camargue

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Nestled between the picturesque fishing port of Le Grau-du-Roi and the wild beach of L’Espiguette, Port-Camargue is a yachtsman’s paradise. From the moment they were built, the marinas, with their exemplary architecture and entirely dedicated to boating, attracted crowds of enthusiasts. The large number of residential visitors soon led to the development of the marina.

Today, boat rentals in Port-Camargue are plentiful. Whether you’re an amateur or an expert, you’re bound to find the boat of your dreams to take you out to sea. Motorboats and RIBs are ideal for day trips. Sailboats, livable, authentic and evocative of long sea voyages, will delight adventurous sailors.

As for catamarans and yachts, they’re perfect for convivial, farniente and festive vacations with friends or family.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Port-Camargue?

Louer un bateau à Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi)

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Renting a boat in Port-Camargue is accessible to a wide range of budgets. It all depends on the model, the rental period and the number of passengers sharing the bill. Rates are quoted on a daily basis for dry hire (excluding fuel).

  • A motorboat or RIB costs between €150 and €600 per day;
  • Sailboats and catamarans run at around €500 per day;
  • Yachts are, unsurprisingly, more expensive: around €3,000 a day.

The services of a skipper require an average of €150 to €200 extra per day. Similarly, water sports equipment is not included (fishing and/or snorkeling gear, wakeboard, jet ski, etc.).

Finally, high-season rates for a stopover at Port-Camargue start from €16 per day (for boats under 5 meters) and can rise to €93 per day (for boats 18 to 24 meters long).

Rent a boat to explore Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi) and the surrounding area

How can I rent a boat in Port-Camargue?

Location de bateau à Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi)

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For your boat rental in Port-Camargue, you can either go through a local company (on site or in advance via the Internet), or book via a private charter platform. While a locally-based professional company guarantees quality and good sourcing, their prices are on average 30% higher than on the platforms.

The ideal solution is to opt for the second option. Nevertheless, it’s important to use the services of genuine specialists, such as Click&Boat, the leading private charter company. The site is intuitive and offers a simple search, refined by criteria and with many additional options.

Do I need a license to sail in Port-Camargue?

To rent a boat in Port-Camargue, a coastal license (at least) is a real asset, as it is compulsory for all boats over 6 hp, monohulls and sailboats.

However, small boats without a license already offer great possibilities for a half-day or a full day at sea. If you don’t have a license, but would like to take to the sea aboard a powerful sailboat, catamaran, yacht or RIB, you’ll need the services of a skipper.

Our tips for sailing in Port-Camargue

Littoral camarguais

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If you don’t have advanced boating skills (although you do have a boating license), we recommend hiring a boat with a skipper. This professional navigator, who is also a local guide, will take care of steering your boat and ensuring your safety throughout your itinerary. He’ll also know the best anchorages and some interesting secret spots…

Finally, despite the very mild climate, you should always keep an eye on the weather. Don’t head out to sea if you have the slightest doubt about the conditions. On board your boat, make sure you have all the necessary safety equipment (liferaft, distress flares, life jackets, GPS, first-aid kit, lights, gas can, etc.) and a sufficient supply of water.

The Port-Camargue harbor enjoys good weather conditions, and entry maneuvers are generally straightforward. However, don’t forget to let us know you’re coming. The boscos can then guide you to your berth and facilitate your entry. On-site services include sanitary facilities, parking, technical areas, shops, restaurants and accommodation.

Rent a boat to explore Port-Camargue (Grau-du-Roi) and the surrounding area

When is the best time to sail at Port-Camargue?

The Camargue’s Mediterranean climate offers mild winters and hot, dry summers. The predominant wind is the famous Mistral. To rent a boat in Port-Camargue, the period from May to September is ideal.

If possible, avoid the peak summer season. In July and August, the price of a boat rental in Port-Camargue rises, and tourists arrive in droves. At the start of this tourist season, September is the most pleasant: the waters are still warm and the air is particularly pleasant. In second place is June. This sunny month lends itself to the discovery of unspoilt landscapes, Provencal markets and the first baths of the year.