Porto Scario

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Porto Scario
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Scario harbour from the NE

The small harbour of Porto Scario lies on the W side of the Golfo di Policastro on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, along with the ‘instep’ of the peninsula. The harbour is relatively shallow, although the entrance is deeper than that of Camerota. It provides a total of around 160 berths for vessels of up to 30 metres along its breakwater and quays. Shelter in the harbour is good, although strong southerlies cause an uncomfortable swell.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW sea breeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerized 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 La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


See Mediterranean.


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

Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


There are no dangers in the approaches. A lighthouse is conspicuous at the SW end of the harbour. The harbour is entered from NE and has depths of 7.0 metres in the entrance.


Visiting yachts are normally directed to berth bows or stern-to the outer end of the breakwater mole. You will need to use your anchor here. There is a ledge and some ballasting at this end of the mole, so bows-to is better unless your rudder draught is very modest. If possible, try to negotiate a berth further into the harbour. Alternatively, a shallow-draught yacht can try to negotiate a berth on the quays or the inner pier, although these are usually filled with local boats. Depths are 6.0 - 8.0 metres along the breakwater (although 2.0 - 2.5 metres only at the outer end due to the ledge) and 2.0 metres on the quays. There are no facilities in the harbour.

June 2015. We were directed to a berth labelled with the co-op name and handed Lazy Lines by the attendant. The marina is run by the Co-op. The office is to the left of the exit from the harbour area, about 50m. We paid Euro 50 per night at the end of June for a 12m. There is a Lega Navale chapter on the quay side of the harbour. --Hogesinwa

Yachts berthed on the mole, Scario

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



In settled weather only, it is possible to anchor off the breakwater just S of the harbour in 4.0 - 5.0 metres, avoiding the small craft moorings. Holding is reasonable in sand and weed.


Water Water on the breakwater now - included in the charge
Electricity Electricity on the breakwater now - included in the charge}
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry June 2015: There is a Laundromat on the street one up from the promenade
Garbage Bins around the harbour
Fuel No fuel station on the quay. Fuel is delivered on an APE with a small tank. You have to tell them in advance how many litres you want and that's what the invoice is made out for in advance. If there's any left over, put it in a can or you just have to wave goodbye to it. The price for our 200litres was a very good E1.57 when the stations were selling it for E1.79 June 2015 --S/v Common Sense
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Mobile crane (30 T). Very limited engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Basic hull repairs. Divers
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?


Good provisions shops in the village.

Eating out

Restaurants and pizzerias in the village.



The village of Scario is beautifully sited at the foot of spectacular mountains and the harbour, while usually packed, is full of character. The village is close to the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, which stretches from the Golfo di Policastro as far as Agropoli.

The spectacular setting of Scario


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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