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WorldMediterraneanIonian SeaItalyIonian Coast of ItalyCariati
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Cariati from NW

Cariati is a small harbour constructed for pleasure craft and fishing vessels near the town of Cariati on the western side of the Golfo di Taranto in Italy, 32 miles N of Crotone and 12 miles N of Punta Alice. Like its close neighbour to the S, Cirò Marina, it is a useful overnight stop for smaller yachts (up to 15 metres) sailing into or out of the gulf rather than sailing straight across it.


British Admiralty


During the summer the prevailing winds in the Ionian are light to moderate SW or SE sea breezes. In spring and autumn, northerly winds are more frequent and can quickly rise to near gale force, especially in the lee of high mountain ranges. Winds in summer are generally light from the Straits of Messina until reaching the Golfo di Squillace between Roccella Ionica and Le Castella. With anything W in the wind, it tends to funnel down here over the mountains of southern Calabria, bringing strong gusts and raising an uncomfortable sea. The conditions to avoid, however, when cruising this part of the Ionian coast are strong southerlies. The harbours here are few and far between and none of them are really safe to enter in such conditions. Further east in the Gulf of Taranto sea breezes predominate during the summer, although a light to moderate northerly is not uncommon.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at Roma, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Augusta (Sicily)


See Aegean to West Mediterranean Passages.


Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no hazards in the approach to Cariati. The harbour is protected by a long northern breakwater and a shorter southern one. The breakwaters are conspicuous from either direction extending off the beach. Entry to the harbour is from ESE.


While the harbour is primarily occupied by small fishing boats on moorings, the harbour can usually accommodate several yachts up to a maximum length of around 15 metres. Transit yachts normally berth in the marina alongside on the southern breakwater, where depths are 3.5 - 4.0 metres.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Cariati Marina New Pontoon layout from SE; Sep 2016

Cariati Marina

Cariati Marina/wiki/Cariati#Cariati_Marina
Marina icon Cariati Marina [[Cariati#Cariati Marina|Cariati Marina]] 39°30.346'N, 016°56.504'E

Shelter is good from the prevailing winds, but the harbour is completely open to winds from ESE round to SW. Since previous reports, new pontoons are in place on the W side of the marina. Places for several yachts. The depth is variable though and care should be taken in the entrance to the marina - we observed depths less than 2.5M. The charge for the morning which includes working electricity, water(no-potable) and WiFi was € 40 (13Meters).

When arriving there was no answer from with the telephone numbers or VHF, but there seems to be someone on hand to assist with the tailed lines, or as previously stated go along side.--Life Part 2

[email protected]; Mobile: +39 (338) 111 0691; VHF channel 13
Address: Contrada Petraro, snc, 87062 – Cariati (CS), Italy
Prices: For the latest prices see Price Listing




Water Water (non potable) on the quay.
Electricity Electricity on the quay.
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage Bins on the quay
Fuel No fuel, but tanker delivery may be possible
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs There is a 100t travel lift, maximum beam 7 m, and a small yard, right next to the dock, on which yachts can be accommodated for short or long periods. No workshops or other facilities on the yard. However, work can be contracted in.The yard is not enclosed or locked, but there is 24hr security.
Internet Two WiFi hotspots in the Marina - ask the office for the free password
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals No car rental in town, but rentals available from nearby Rossano, tel +39 0983 290399 for 15 euro they will deliver a car to the marina.


Some provisions in the town of Cariati 1.5 kilometers away.

Eating out

Nearest restaurants in the town of Cariati.


Things to do Ashore



Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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