San Marco di Castellabate

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San Marco di Castellabate, Italy

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40°16.3′N, 14°56.3′E
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SanMarcoCastellabate.jpgBusy harbour of San Marco di Castellabate

San Marco di Castellabate is a small fishing harbour located two miles NE of Punta Licosa and its associated tiny islet of Isola Licosa on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy. Around 300 vessels can squeeze in behind the breakwater and on moorings here. Although there is ostensibly space reserved for up to 20 yachts in transit, it can be difficult to find a berth here in busy periods. The harbour should only be used in settled weather, as with strong winds from NW round to SW it becomes very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.


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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 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 (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)


Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




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The islet and shoals off Punta Licosa should be given a wide berth in the approach from S. The harbour breakwater and the village above are conspicuous from close in. The harbour is entered from NNE. Beware of inshore shoal patches to the W of the entrance. Entry to the harbour in strong winds from W is not advised.


Yachts in transit berth bows or stern-to the quay, wherever there is space. Maximum length 16 metres. Maximum stay 72 hours. You need to use your anchor here. Depths along the quay range from less than 2.0 metres at the root to 4.0 metres at the end. Much of the harbour is filled with small craft moorings and space for maneuvering is tight.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs




Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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


Very limited - emergencies only.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No fuel berth, water or electricity.

Things to do Ashore


There is little in the town to interest cruising yachtsmen, although the setting is green and attractive. San Marco di Castellabate is probably best viewed as a convenient stop-off en route along the coast of southern Italy.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • Provisions shops in the town.


  • A few restaurants in the town.





Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

A few bins near the harbour.


Transportation (local and/or international)


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)


Links to relevant websites.

References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 16:59, 16 December 2010 (UTC)

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