Originally Posted by Geraldine
We have now found quite a lot of info on marinas in South of France, and have decided to treat ourselves to a cheap flight to Nice after Christmas to look around.
If you go to nice stay in Altlantis Hotel just right on the prom. Recommend to eat fish and oysters at the restaurant located again on the prom just a few hundred yards to the West of the Atlantis hotel. They do this great dish with 5-6 plates of different Oyster YAMMMM. Don't forget to visit Antibes and the local little restaurants in the Town. There is also an open market there.
Now if you plan to cruise from Nice is best to start from Antibes (my preference), if you start from Nice there is a marina just on the East with slipway if I remember correctly. Check with MAPQUEST for details at http://www.mapquest.com/maps/main.adp?
My suggestion to go East rather than West. You can visit Monaco, Porto Bello and go up to Genova passing also San Remo.
It all depends on how much time you have.
Now people here say to you about the VAT certificate. The French authorities NEVER asked us for a VAT receipt. Howeber, they ask you for the SSR registrtation certificate of the boat and the ICC. You must have those two.
If you do not have an SSR registry of the boat then possibly they will ask you for a VAT receipt to prove that you are the rightfull owner of the boat and nothing else. However if you go toward and in to Italy you need the SSR and ICC and nothing else.
But do NOT forget is a MUST have
the ICC and the registration SSR certificate at all times. It saves you time and many questions. Also IMPORTANT if you have a VHF you need to have a VHF's licence and also to show that you have paid the VHF fees in the UK.
If you venture it inland in France you need to have this SEVI thing that it was mentioned before. But from Nice I cannot see how you will do it Marceille is your best destination for that short of thing rather than Nice. Never done it although sailed to Marceille a couple of times.
We have cruised there many times in the past in and around Antibes to Genova area and although is not the Aegean with the 100s of islands there are some nice places to see. Good food and wine (if you are into that short of thing) and many places to explore. Sea sometimes not that clean.