San Felice Circeo

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San Felice Circeo, Italy

San Felice Circeo
41°13.52′N, 13°5.8′E Chart icon.png
San Felice Circeo

The small harbour of San Felice Circeo lies 32 miles SE of Anzio on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy and about 25 miles N of the island of Ponza. The entrance is shallow (2.5 - 3.0 metres) and the harbour is only suitable for smaller yachts and in settled weather. It should be avoided with any swell running and in winds from S/SE.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks 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 many of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

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 La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.



Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The towering bulk of Monte Circeo two miles W of the harbour is conspicuous from distance. Closer in, the long outer breakwater and the houses of the village are clearly visible. The harbour is entered from due E. The 500 metre long entrance channel is dredged through a huge sandbank and depths can change after severe storms. Usually the channel has depths of 2.5 - 3.0 metres only, so entrance should never be attempted with any swell running. The channel runs just N of a short pontoon installed by the Cooperativo Circeo, who manage the harbour, to reduce the swell inside. The channel is usually buoyed (but don’t rely on it). If in doubt contact the Cooperativo Circeo on channel 09 for advice on the depths.


Contact Cooperativo Circeo on VHF channel 09 or telephone +39 0773 547336 or Email. The Cooperativo manages 380 berths on pontoons in the harbour, of which 10 are for vessels in transit. Depths at the pontoons range from 2.5 to 4.5 metres. Maximum length of vessel in theory 22 metres (but draught is more to the point).

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Slipway. Travel lift (40 T). Mobile crane (100 T). Some engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood and fiberglass hull repairs. Sail repairs. Divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station on the quay (0800 - 1300 and 1500 - 1900). Water and electricity connections (but not at all berths).

Things to do Ashore


San Felice Circeo lies at the southern extremity of the Parco Nazionale del Circeo, an area of coastal marsh habitat (formerly known as the Pontine marshes) rich in wildlife. Nearby are the Grotte del Circeo, a series of caves where Neolithic remains have been discovered. The high bluff of Monte Circeo above the village has the remains of the temples and walls of an ancient city.

Parco Nazionale del Circeo from Monte Circeo
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Grocery & Supply Stores

Provisions shops in the village, 25 minutes walk away.


Restaurants and pizzeria at the harbour. More in the village.




Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour.


  • Occasional buses to Rome


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)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 16:39, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

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