11 Awesome Superyacht Marina Destinations

Yacht Bible 0 Comments February 21, 2022

With a growing number of superyachts over 100 metres in length, there is more and more demand for large yacht berths in scenic locations worldwide. Finding marinas that welcome larger vessels and also offer high-end facilities is therefore challenging. Here is a comprehensive list of the eleven largest yacht berths in the world.

1. Porto Montenegro

Porto Montenegro in Tivat
Aerial panoramic view of the evening in Porto Montenegro in Tivat.

Porto Montenegro has by far the largest yacht berths in the world and can accommodate up to 450 vessels, each measuring 250 metres. The marina itself offers all necessary services like refuelling, on-site provisions, or repairs.

Fashion stores, day spas, sports, leisure, and cultural facilities are also located just a few steps away from the port, making it extremely popular among yacht owners looking for a luxury experience. 

The surrounding streets of Porto Montenegro are well known for their upscale restaurants, bars, and waterfront hotels. Since the largest yacht in the world, AZZAM “only” has a length of 180 metres, the marina is already prepared for any even bigger projects in the future.

2. Yacht Haven Grande

The second-largest yacht berth is located in St. Thomas on the Virgin Islands. With only 48 berths, the marina is not the biggest, however, it can accommodate yachts with a length of up to 200 metres, making it suitable for some of the largest vessels in the world. 

The on-site facilities are exclusively tailored to the needs of luxury yacht owners, charter guests, and crew stationed in this port. Besides the usual amenities like repairs and provisioning, there is also a sizable shopping mall just a few steps away from Yacht Haven Grande called “The Shops,” which is perfect for stocking up during layovers.

3. Marina Port Vell

Located in Barcelona, Spain, the Marina Port Vell offers 151 berths for yachts up to 190 metres. Its excellent location close to the city centre and many of Barcelona’s main attractions makes this marina very popular among yacht enthusiasts.

Marina Port Vell is also a highly secure port with sophisticated CCTV and professional security guards stationed in the area 24/7. The on-site facilities include a gym, a business hub, and exclusive restaurants. 

There is also a dedicated crew lounge within the marina where the captain and crew can spend their time ashore. Marina Port Vell stands out due to its convenient location, although this berth tends to fill up quickly during the summer months and can become extremely crowded due to its popularity.

4. Port Vauban

Port Vauban harbor in Antibes France

Port Vauban is the leading marina in the Mediterranean, with 1,500 berths available for yachts with a length up to 160 metres. Located in Antibes, France, between Cannes and Nice, Port Vauban is one of the most popular locations for yachting and also one of the largest yacht berths in the world. The marina is also well known for its exclusive yearly events and parties. 

Any standard, as well as unusual services and requests, are fulfilled by the berth’s own agents, who are on call 24/7. Among other high-profile guests, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his 126-metre yacht OCTOPUS are regular guests at Port Vauban.

5. Port Tarraco

The 5th largest yacht berth on this list is located in Tarragona, Spain, just 100 km southwest of Barcelona. Port Tarraco is a smaller and highly exclusive marina with just 33 berths in total, and it can accommodate boats from 45 metres up to a length of 160 metres. The business pier next to the marina offers a broad selection of excellent restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities. 

Furthermore, there are several yachting stores in the area surrounding Port Tarraco where you can purchase all important spare parts and supplies that might be needed. Tarragona itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 and has lots to do and see, including famous landmarks and historic ruins.

6. Port Hercules

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Sunset view of Port Hercule in Monaco

Port Hercules is located in Monaco, on the French Riviera, and has not only one of the largest yacht berths in the world but also represents one of the most popular locations for yachting in general. The marina has 700 berths for yachts with a length of 135 metres and a maximum draught of 30 metres. 

Monaco attracts millions of tourists every year with its many sights and upscale restaurants. The Monaco Yacht Show is held in Port Hercules every year, attracting thousands of visitors from all around the world.

7. Porto Mirabello

Porto Mirabello is a unique port located in the harbour town of La Spezia in northern Italy. Since the bay is relatively small, the berths had to be constructed without obstructing the beachfront, which proved to be a challenge. Porto Mirabello was therefore partly constructed on an artificial island which makes this port a unique and unusual project. 

Vessels between 12 and 130 metres in length can anchor at La Spezia’s berths, making it one of the largest in the world. La Spezia is a charming former fishing village that has become a popular starting point for exploring Italy in the yachting community.

8. Vilanova Grand Marina

Vilanova Grand Marina is a modern and well-equipped port with some of the largest yacht berths in the world. After its opening in 2009, the port quickly gained recognition and earned a place among the most well-frequented harbours in Europe. Vilanova can welcome vessels up to 120 metres in length, although the berths are extremely popular, with only a limited number available for sale or rent. 

This port specifically specialises in superyachts and was constructed with the proximity to Barcelona’s International Airport in mind allowing owners to arrive conveniently in their private jets.

9. Limassol Marina

As the only superyacht port in Cyprus, Limassol Marina combines luxury hotels with sought-after restaurants and, of course, plenty of high-end shopping opportunities. Its berths can accommodate yachts of up to 110 metres, excluding some of the world’s largest vessels but still allow it to rank alongside high-profile marinas around the Mediterranean. 

Yachts like A or MADAME GU frequent the port and attract curious onlookers. Limassol has space for up to 650 yachts which gives an idea of its size. However, there is far more to the port than just berths. With elaborate real estate projects on the property, there are plenty of investment or luxury housing opportunities to explore.

10. Yalıkavak Marina

Yalıkavak Marina or sometimes called Port Palmarina, is situated close to Bodrum in Turkey. The marina only opened in 2012 with a grand party including a long list of high-profile guests. The port is owned by the Azerbaijani businessman Mubariz Masimov who supported this one of a kind project and gathered over $45 million in investments. 

In addition to housing yachts, Port Palmarina is a hub for entertainment, shopping and fine dining, attracting international tourists.

11. Marina di Stabia

Just a short ride from Naples in Italy lies the Marina di Stabia which can host superyachts of up to 100 metres. The port has a strategic position that allows visitors to reach places of interest such as the Amalfi Coast, Capri or Naples easily and comfortably. 

With up to 900 berths available for purchase or rent, the Marina di Stabia is not only one of the largest but also most modern ports in the area, with the volcano Mount Vesuvius providing a beautiful backdrop.