San Remo

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San Remo
Port of Entry
43°48.980'N, 007°47.240'E Chart icon.png
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San Remo harbour from the E

San Remo lies on the Ligurian coast of Italy at the western end of the Gulf of Genoa, just over 10 miles E of the French border. It is the first major port encountered by yachts cruising eastwards from French into Italian waters. Today the town is a bustling, if slightly faded, resort, with a lively cultural scene, an elegant old casino, a huge flower market and some spectacular mountain scenery just a few kilometers inland. Yachting visitors berth either in the busy Porto Pubblico or the much larger, better-appointed (and more expensive) Portosole Marina.


British Admiralty
1998 - Nice to Livorno, including Gulf of Genoa.


The prevailing winds along the western part of the Ligurian coast during the summer are a SW or SE sea breeze, which rarely gets up much above force 4-5. Along the eastern part of the coast, the winds tend to come more from W or NW and are again usually little more than moderate. While infrequent, gales are not unknown during the spring and early summer and are typically caused by depressions further west in the Golfe du Lion which bring strong N winds as they move further E. In winter, the tramontana, a strong N wind off the Alps, is more frequent, although the libecchio is a strong SW wind that can affect the whole of the Ligurian coast and blow for several days, causing heavy seas.

Sources for weather forecasts:

  • 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 approach to San Remo. The buildings of the town rising up the slopes from the harbour are visible from some distance off. Closer in, the two breakwaters and the masts of the yachts will be clearly identifiable. The harbour entrance is roughly in the centre of the two breakwaters and entry is from SE. Depths in the entrance are 8.0 - 10.0 metres.


San Remo is a port of entry for Italy. For details see Entrance: Italy.


Porto Pubblico

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Harbour icon Porto Pubblico [[San Remo#Porto Pubblico|Porto Pubblico]] °'N, 007°46.847'E
Port of Entry
Porto Pubblico is the commercial harbour immediately to the W on entering the harbour. Inside there are several pontoons operated by private companies plus (in theory at least) a transit quay, operated by Circomare Sanremo, with space for up to 15 yachts. Maximum length 16.0 metres. Maximum stay three days. Depths on the pontoons range from 2.0 to 6.0 metres. Shelter is good in all but strong S/SE winds when a surge enters the harbour. In practice, the pontoons are often full to bursting, especially during the peak season of July and August, and a visiting yacht will be directed to the Portosole Marina

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Portosole Marina

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Port of Entry
The large and modern Portosole Marina is immediately to starboard on entering the harbour. In the basin there is room for over 800 yachts on laid moorings on a total of nine pontoons and quays. Maximum length 90 metres. Maximum draught 7.0 metres. Shelter here is good in all conditions.




Water In Portosole Marina
Electricity In Portosole Marina
Toilets In Portosole Marina
Showers In Portosole Marina}
Laundry In Portosole Marina
Garbage Bins around the marina and in the Porto Pubblico
Fuel Fuel station on central quay (0800 -1230 and 1430 -1830)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Slipway (300 T). Travel lift (100 T). Mobile cranes (up to 45 T). Outdoor storage Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Wood, fiberglass and steel repairs. Sail repairs. Divers.
Internet WiFi in Portosole Marina
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Numerous outlets in the town


Excellent provisions shopping in the town.

Eating out

Numerous restaurants and pizzerias around the port. More in the town.


  • Good road connections to Genoa and French Riviera via A10 motorway.
  • International flights from Nice airport, 75 minutes away.
  • Train service to Genoa, Nice, Cannes and Marseille.



Originally San Remo was a Roman settlement, the town’s major expansion took place from the mid-19th century onwards when it became a popular resort of the Austrian and Russian imperial families. Among other potentates who descended on San Remo in later years was Sultan Mehmet VI, the last Ottoman sultan, who died here in exile in 1926.

Places to Visit

Although much of San Remo’s former elegance is somewhat faded, the area E of the harbour retains some splendid villas and gardens which give a flavour of the town’s past glories. The old district of La Pigna on the hill above the town is also worth exploring. On Corso Garibaldi is the covered flower market, reputedly the biggest in Europe, where bidding rises to a crescendo during the morning auctions. From Corso degli Inglese a cable car runs to the top of Monte Bignone, where there are great views down over the town and French coast as far as Cannes.


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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