Exploring the world on a yacht is something that we all dream about, but few achieve. Still, that doesn’t stop us from fantasizing about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Superyachts litter the Mediterranean, UAE, and Caribbean coastlines, pulling into some of the most exclusive marinas in the world.
Who can forget Jeff Bezos requesting the Dutch Government dissemble a bridge so his yacht could pass? The super-rich doesn’t care about the cost of yachts or the trip; they just want it done. So, it makes sense that the marinas they choose to visit are the best in the world.
From Montenegro to the Virgin Islands, exclusive marinas act like floating hotels for the elite. Here are our top choices for the best marinas in the world.
- Port Hercules, Monte Carlo – Monaco
- Port de Saint Tropez – France
- Marina di Portofino, Genova – Italy
- Marina di Porto Cervo, Sardinia – Italy
- Marina Grande, Capri – Italy
- Porto Montenegro – Montenegro
- Port Vell, Barcelona – Spain
- Ibiza Magna, Ibiza – Spain
- Puerto Banús, Marbella – Spain
- Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – UAE
- Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas – US Virgin Islands
- Port de Gustavia, Saint Barths – Caribbean Islands
Port Hercules, Monte Carlo – Monaco
The spectacular splendor of Port Hercules is a standout attraction in Monte Carlo. Hang out at the marina for long enough, and you’re sure to bump into movie stars, powerful business people, and politicians from around the world.
Monaco is one of the most exclusive tourist destinations on the planet. It represents opulence, luxury, and wealth, and Port Hercules is the pinnacle of marinas in the local vicinity. A slip at this luxury marina is in the millions of dollars, and that is why you’ll see only the largest superyachts and symbols of wealth at this venue.
While docking at Port Hercules is expensive, it is reasonable compared to the prices of its peers. What makes it stand out from the competition is the amazing natural beauty surrounding Port Hercules. There are steep hills surrounding the port, making it seem like an isolated area but within quick reach of the hotels and casinos.
Port de Saint Tropez – France
Around two hours’ drive from Port Hercules, you’ll find Port de Saint Tropez. This historical landmark is a cultural hub of Southern France and one of the top destinations along the French Riviera. The local heritage of the venue means you can spend hours wandering the streets on guided tours, learning about the cultural significance of the port.
This luxury marina has around 700-berths, covering a total area of nearly 22-acres. St. Tropez is one of the nightlife hotspots along the Riviera, with world-class shopping and restaurant experiences while maintaining its quaint, small-town persona.
It’s another meeting place of the rich and famous, and you’re sure to find a few celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs walking around. The city walls and historical architecture wind around narrow streets, giving a cozy feel to the port town.
Marina di Portofino, Genova – Italy
Moving east from France, Italy offers some spectacular marinas with breathtaking scenery. A great example is Marina di Portofino. This port is one of the most recognizable globally, with a classic Mediterranean feel and look.
This iconic fishing village drips culture and history. Set off the coast of Genova, Marina di Portofino is a playground for the ultra-wealthy and celebrities. The lush green waters around the bay play host to superyachts from the likes of Rihanna and Steven Spielberg.
This quiet getaway is a hidden gem along the Italian coastline, and there’s only one road in and out of the area. You’ll often see supercars moving along the road coming to and from the marina.
Marina di Porto Cervo, Sardinia – Italy
Marina di Porto Cervo is possibly the most expensive marina globally for berthing. With daily docking fees averaging $3,000 and annual fees well north of a million dollars, this marina is only for the super-rich. Take a look around the berths, and you’ll see only the finest examples of yacht building in the world.
Located at the world-famous Costa Smeralda on the northern tip of Sardinia, Marina di Porto Cervo is one of the most exclusive venues in Europe. There are 60 highly sought-after berths, with waiting lists that extend for years.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Regatta in September and the Deluxe Fair in June attract tourists, and you’ll always see celebrities and the uber-rich walking around town. Denzel Washington and Kate Moss are known to frequent the location in the summer.
The area surrounding the marina features unspoiled beauty with breathtaking landscapes and luxurious amenities. You’ll find high-end luxury shopping, world-class restaurants, and swanky nightclubs in the town.
Marina Grande, Capri – Italy
Marina Grande on Capri island is another example of one of the world’s most expensive marinas. Berthing fees here can be north of $3,000 per day, and the marina has 300-spots available. This exclusive marina is a contender to Marina di Porto Cervo in the eyes of the rich and famous.
As a result, you’ll need to book a berth well in advance for any hope of securing your slip at this highly sought-after marina. Marina Grande can accommodate up to 180-foot superyachts. Cliffs surrounding the marina on all sides and the colorful architecture on the quaint town provide a dramatic landscape for visitors.
While it may look quaint, the town hosts world-class 5-star hotels and Michelin restaurants. You’ll find billionaires and the world’s elite dining at restaurants throughout the city. You’ll find plenty of luxurious boutiques spread through the alleys just off the high streets.
Watch the sunset paint the cliffs gold as the light fades, and enjoy the exclusive nightclubs around town as the warm evening air tickles your skin.
Porto Montenegro – Montenegro
Set in the UNESCO-protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro has a legendary status as one of Europe’s most sought-after destinations for superyacht owners. From billionaires to movie stars and titans of business, Porto Montenegro is a playground they all have on their list of top destinations.
The mountainous landscape surrounding the port is amazing to behold. The glacial lakes and canyons scattered around the region play host to a diverse range of wildlife, and they make for a beautiful backdrop. There are nearby uninhabited islands sprinkled across the ocean and loads of hidden coves to explore.
The marina recently underwent a facelift, and now, it plays host to some of the world’s longest and largest superyachts. The largest berths at this venue can accommodate superyachts up to 820-feet long. As a result, only the wealthiest clientele can afford or have the prestige to land a booking at this venue.
Port Vell, Barcelona – Spain
This venue is one of the newer marinas on this list. Port Vell is right next to the bustling cultural center of Barcelona. The Spanish originally built Port Vell for the 1992 Olympic games. However, after the end of the event, the authorities converted the venue into a 148-berth marina.
The berths can house superyachts up to 623-feet in length, and it’s another playground for the rich since it’s the gateway to Barcelona, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Port Vell is another beautiful venue and a standout in the city. You get a classic Mediterranean feel to the port from the moment you arrive.
The city center is only a short walk from Port Vell, and the marvels of Barcelona await you. Dine-in exclusive restaurants and take in some world-class luxury window shopping. Enjoy one of the many popular nightclubs spread across the city. Known as a cultural hub of Europe, Barcelona promises you a tourist destination you’ll never forget.
Ibiza Magna, Ibiza – Spain
Ibiza is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Europe. During the summer, the island nation lights up with millions of tourists from the UK, Europe, and around the world. The exclusive nightlife in Ibiza is like no other in the world, and it’s home to some of the most impressive super club venues.
Ibiza Magna sits tucked away in the Balearic Islands. The marina is away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist area, giving you a sense of exclusivity and luxury that’s unlike anything available in town. There’s a beautiful atmosphere of tropical relaxation and a Mediterranean feel to the marina that leaves you feeling isolated from the rest of the tourist venues around Ibiza.
Ibiza Magna is a haven for the rich and famous, and it’s a favorite with the younger crowd. The “White Isle” is a popular destination for the elite, with an iconic nightclub, “Pacha,” just a short drive away, and the casinos are close by.
Ibiza Magna caters to yachts up to 125-foot, and longer vessels can stay outside of the harbor and drop anchor during their stay.
Puerto Banús, Marbella – Spain
Banús in Marbella is one of the prize jewels on the Spanish coastline. It’s a prime spot for spotting some of the world’s most impressive superyachts. Founded by property developer Jose Banús in 1970, Puerto Banús, Marbella, was always intended to be a playground for the wealthy and famous.
The marina is home to more than 900-berths, covering a total area of 450,000-square feet. You’ll find a white sandy beach on either side of the marina and some of the best amenities in Spain. However, the price tag is steep to berth here, and you can expect to pay anywhere up to 2,400 euros per day during peak season.
This marina is favorited by Saudi royals and billionaires due to its exclusivity and privacy. The Sierra de Marbella mountain range overlooks the marina, providing spectacular scenery, and a cozy feel to the venue.
Around the marina, you’ll find high-end restaurants and luxury shopping, with plenty of bars and nightclubs. There are luxury homes with tens of millions of dollars nearby, and the whole area just oozes wealth.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi – UAE
For something different, we visit the United Arab Emirates. Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi sits nestled away on Yas Island. It’s the premier destination in the UAE for superyachts. The Saudi Royal family accounts for many of the most outrageous superyachts anchored in the water around the island.
The marina features 227-berths for superyachts up to 450-feet in length. Visitors to the marina have instant access to the pristine coastline and tours with small watercraft to uninhabited islands. In the evening, catch a private helicopter ride to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dubai.
Yas Island is currently under an expansion program, started in 2013. The island has plenty of fine dining and luxury shopping for people that don’t want to make the trip to Dubai. Yas Island also hosts the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
As a result, you’re likely to see some of the wealthiest people in the world pull into the berths to watch the Grand Prix. Some of the planned developments to Yas Island include a water park, a Ferrari theme park, and expansion to residential areas and hotels.
Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas – US Virgin Islands
Located in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Yacht Haven Grande is One of the premier destinations for superyachts visiting the Caribbean. You’ll find the Haven along the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The venue offers yacht owners side-to berthing for vessels measuring up to 140-feet.
The venue also hosts 48 slips with 20-foot concrete piers and docks, with amenities like laundry, catering, chandlery, and there’s also a florist. There’s a shopping mall nearby, with restaurants and entertainment venues for your needs.
Port de Gustavia, Saint Barths – Caribbean Islands
We wrap up with Port de Gustavia in Saint Barths. This venue is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations for superyacht owners during the high season. The exotic landscape of the location and the amazing weather makes it a playground for the uber-wealthy.
The island offers impressive modern luxury facilities. The scenery around the marina is absolutely breathtaking and everything you expect from a tropical island paradise. The marina has its high season over Christmas and the New Year. It’s a popular venue for partying. It has a tradition of launching a spectacular fireworks display on New Year’s Eve.
This exclusive marina only has a handful of berths for superyachts, making it challenging to find a reservation during the high season. Around the island, you’ll find white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and palm trees swaying in the breeze.