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Find Boats to Hire from Nice to Monaco in France with Rent a Boat By Hour

Join us on your vacation this summer for an unforgettable boat charter experience. Find the perfect boat to hire to explore the French Riviera for your Anniversary, Birthday, Engagement, Wedding or Corporate Event.

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When is the best Time to Visit the French Riviera?

Whether you are organising a corporate event, a romantic getaway or a family gathering, you can hire one of our fleet of boats all year round. We have a comprehensive list of boat hire options for every occasion. Whilst summer is the most popular time to visit, visitors can cruise along the riviera in opulence at any time of the year (weather permitting). We offer private boat charters and sunset cruises from Nice, Villefranche, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur mer and Monaco. 

July is typically the month where the sun is most abundant and there is very little chance of rain. The busiest time of the year would be August, when the French holidays are typically planned. Our home port is Port de Beaulieu, 50 Boulevard du Général Leclerc, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France 06310. Book a boat with Rent a Boat by Hour early to avoid disappointment. 

What type of Boat should I Hire?

The type of boat you should hire for your French Riviera trip will depend on the number of people travelling with you, how much space you need and your budget. Rent a Boat by Hour offer private boat charters with five star service. Let our captains and crew take you on a boat charter experience like no other, where every guest is treated as a VIP. Your boat adventure awaits – book your boat today.

Boat AB68

Boat AB68

An open yacht with a large panoramic open roof, front and aft sunbeds with garage for tender in the aft.
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Our Location

Port de Beaulieu, Beaulieu SUR MER, France 06310

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Our Location

Port de Beaulieu, Beaulieu SUR MER, France 06310

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How much does it cost to hire a Luxury yacht?

The cost to hire a motor yacht will vary based on the size and duration of your tour. Here are a few of our most popular tours. 

  • Princess V50 Sports Yacht – Evening / Sunset Tour for 2hrs = From 2300 Euros – Fuel, Skipper & Champagne included
  • Fairline Squadron 52 / Flybridge Motor Yacht – Full Day = From 2700 Euros + Fuel + Skipper

Professional Boat Tours - Five Star Service

Meemzy Mc
Meemzy Mc
We visited the South of France from the US and wanted to have the experience of seeing the beauty and homes from the water. We were attracted to the 5 star reviews on Google and were happily also blown away by the experience. Simon and Liga were the ultimately gracious hosts who clearly wanted us to have a great, memorable and safe time on their gorgeous yacht. We had a spectacular day touring around and hearing Simon’s stories about the area on our 3 hour tour. We drank wine, swam in the Mediterranean and luxuriated in their care. We would do this tour again for sure.
James Yarto
James Yarto
Lisa and Simon are fantastic!! My wife and I went on a sunset cruise on our honeymoon trip and the experience couldn’t have been any better. The communication leading up was tremendous and the service once we were there was even better! We hope to go back one day, but in the meantime, we highly recommend their services!
Madison Reisdorf
Madison Reisdorf
Such a great experience with Liga and Simon! They were so nice, welcoming and knowledgeable. We’ll definitely be back!!
Mr. Intentional nofilter
Mr. Intentional nofilter
Where do I begin. WOW! What a GREAT Experience sailing with Simon and Liga. From the very first time I reached out to get quotes and information on our private charter, Liga was extremely helpful and very professional. We arrived at the boat and it was BELLO (Beautiful). We purchased the full day charter which turned out to be the best decision made. We dropped anchor in some great places to swim. Simon is extremely knowledgable and passionate about the history. He and Liga always made sure that we were taken care of. They booked us for an AMAZAING Lunch at a small italian beach side restaurant La Spiaggetta (MOLTO BELLO), after lunch, we set sail for more swimming and sunbathing. Simon and Liga are GREAT people and we will absolutely be booking another charter with them when we return back to Nice. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS EXPERIENCE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTs OF OUR TRIP. Remember to Look out for My Single Oct 14th, 2022 "Walk Higher" by Will Brown.
Andrea Rodrigues
Andrea Rodrigues
My husband and I joined Simon & Liga on their charter for our first anniversary. If you want something truly unique when celebrating your love, look no further and enjoy your trip with Simon & Liga. So much history, great conversation, and a unique experience from the typical “rocky” beach clubs of French Riviera
After asking the hotel for boat trips, surfing the net, I stumbled on the Company. Liga replied immediately, giving me options etc. It was a relief to meet someone who was willing to accommodate all questions. Finally booked, went with my adult children. It was nice to meet the Captain Simon and Liga .....also a plus when they spoke English. The boat was lovely, clean and ready for us. The 3hr trip was amazing. Load of history on Monaco, Eze, Cap Ferat etc and we stopped to take photographs. Simon also gave us a list of other places to visit. To those thinking of a relaxing boat trip.....I would recommend the Company. Thanks Simon, Liga and Otto. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A memorable day.
Mark Yull
Mark Yull
From my very first email enquiry Liga responded very quickly and effectively and nothing was too much trouble. I had arranged to book an afternoon cruise for my family, we arrived at the port and was met by Liga and Simon (captain), The yacht is amazing,, it's all.kept and maintained to the highest possible standards and definitely has the wow factor!!! On board our captain for the afternoon Simon was very nice and knowledgeable of the area and gave us a great trip around the bays and even had time to drop the anchor and time for a swim. I would highly recommend using this company.
There are insufficient positive adjectives to describe the wonderful experience my girlfriend and I had on our recent trip with Simon, Liga and Otto. The boat was superbly appointed and the service was precisely the same. We were treated like royalty throughout in an affable and friendly environment. A lot of fun and good nature shown to us by all three. Nothing was too much trouble and the vistas of the French Riviera Simon showed us were breathtaking. Easy going but highly professional. We cannot recommend Rentaboatbyhour enough.
Kyle W
Kyle W
With so many options to choose from, we were so lucky to pick the best charter of the French Riviera. Captain Simon and the crew make you feel at home as soon as you step on the boat. We learned so much about the region all while taking in the sights and swimming in the beautiful water. My wife & I can not recommend this charter enough! We had a great time on the Lady Liga and will be sure to book again when we come back.
Rebbecca Hayes
Rebbecca Hayes
We couldn’t have asked for a better boat tour of the French Riviera. Simon and Liga were such a delight and the Squadron “Lady Liga” is pristine. We will definitely be using them for our future charters in the French Riviera. HIGHLY RECOMMEND- you will not regret booking with them. Thank you so much for the most wonderful day! -Kyle and Rebbecca

5 Star Private Boat Charter

Let our captains and crew take you on a boat charter experience like no other. Every guest is treated as a VIP.
Imagine boats of all sizes cutting through crystal clear ocean waves. Snorkelers discovering the magic of the underwater world. If that doesn’t get you excited about the French Riviera, picture yourself here on a Luxury Boat Charter, snorkeling or enjoying our paddle board equipment (which is included). Your charter experience isn’t solely about the activities you can include. It is also about making your holiday that little more memorable. Ask us for local recommendations for the very best beach restaurants. Explore our boats in the menu above.

Imagine boats of all sizes cutting through crystal clear ocean waves. Snorkelers discovering the magic of the underwater world. If that doesn’t get you excited about the French Riviera, picture yourself here on a Luxury Boat Charter, snorkeling or enjoying our paddle board equipment (which is included). Your charter experience isn’t solely about the activities you can include. It is also about making your holiday that little more memorable. Ask us for local recommendations for the very best beach restaurants. Explore our boats in the menu above.

Best Places to Visit On The French Riviera

These are Rent a Boat by Hours Top 10 places to visit on the French Riviera. From breathtaking national parks, charming villages perched high in the hills, romantic sunsets, centuries-old cities, and architectural marvels – the French Riviera has it all.


Fancy sunbathing on a luxury boat, swimming in crystal clear water, snorkeling, dining, dancing, or meditating? No problem! Explore the best of Nice to Monaco from the water. Enjoy a full day boat charter from Nice to Monaco. Explore secret coves and bays and the hidden jewels of the French Riviera. We sail from our home Port de Beaulieu to the David Niven Bay (named after the late British Actor). On this first leg of your charter you will see beautiful villas belonging to the famous, such as villa Rocthild, the villa of late Paul Allen (co founder of Microsoft), plus many more villas of the the rich and famous. Through out your trip Captain Simon will share interesting facts and many captivating stories (you will love them!)

St. Tropez

With a similar vibe to Cannes, St. Tropez is also known as one of the buzzling cities in the French Riviera with glitzy yacht parties and nightclubs. Spend a day or two visiting the area's well-known beaches on Pampelonne Bay, a lovely section of coastline with broad, sandy beaches and clear, refreshing water. Then, stroll through the historic harbour and take in the magnificent boats and yachts of all sizes. With beaches and coves, impressive cliff edges and turquoise waters, there is no better way to see St. Tropez from the water.

Treat yourself to an unforgettable boating day trip to St. Tropez. Stopping on the way for swimming between the Cannes and the Island. After a refreshing swim, then we move on to the fabulous port town of St Tropez for lunch and shopping in the beautiful boutiques. A day you will never forget.

Bay of Èze

The medieval town of Eze is located just eight miles from Nice. Positioned high above a rocky bluff. It is well-known among tourists and photographers for its steep, winding streets dotted with shops and restaurants, it's lush hillsides and exquisite botanic gardens, and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea from high above. It's even better to see from the water. The water is a crystal clear, turquoise blue. The legend rock star Bono's House is also here (along with many other music legends). Swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding are fantastic in this location.


Synonymous with glitz and glamour, Cannes attracts A-list celebrities to the red carpet every summer. Aside from the iconic events, Cannes is also a traveller's dream - sip a cocktail at sunset, devour a leisurely seafood lunch, and see and be seen is La Croisette, with its long, meandering promenade and coastline. Why not book a romantic sunset boat cruise and slowly navigate to quiet picturesque bays, such as the romantic Paloma Beach - which is a great place for that perfect photograph! Imagine as sunset approaches you anchor in Villefranche and listen to calming, romantic music, sipping chilled rose or champagne...


Menton combines the glitz of French and the coziness of Italian culture. One of the prettiest places on the French Riviera, it is renowned for its magnificent gardens, well-preserved medieval town center dating to the 13th century, and spectacular waterfront.


Made more popular by James Bond in the Golden Eye movie, Monaco remains the billionaire's playground of the French Riviera. With its Hercules Port, opulent hotels, and other amenities, Monte Carlo, a global icon of wealth and elegance, continues to draw cruises, yachting enthusiasts, and celebrities. Explore the best of Nice to Monaco from the water.Explore secret coves and bays and the hidden jewels of the French Riviera on a full day boat charter from Nice to Monaco.


A change of scenery is what Antibes offers. This historic walled city with a view of the ocean is a must-visit location on any trip to the French Riviera for anyone with an interest in art, architecture, or art history. Between Nice and Cannes, the town of Antibes is renowned for having been the former residence of Pablo Picasso, who frequently found inspiration in the area's untamed surroundings and maintained a studio nearby.


Located near Monaco and the Italian border to the east, Villefranche-Sur-Mer boasts of the region's most inviting waterfronts. Stroll long the charming Darse harbour, wander around the old town, and tgreat yourself with an exhilirating water adventure by renting a boat or jetski.

Saint-Jean-Cap Ferrat

The village, which is located on a sheltered point near Nice with extraordinarily calm waves, has five public beaches spread out throughout the coast. You can find the famous Paloma Beach there, which offers endless views of stunning torqouise waters.

Boat Hire Day Trips We Offer On The French Riviera

These are our top boat hire day trips for exploring the French Riviera:

  • A Full Day Luxiry Boat Charter
  • Island of Cannes Full Day Charter
  • The “Riviera Classic” 4 Hour Boat Charter
  • “Classic Chill” 3 hour Boat Charter
  • “Classic Chill” 2 hour Boat Charter
  • A Romantic 2 Hour Sunset Charter

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Frequently asked questions

The cost for renting a boat in South of France to explore Nice to Monaco (and everywhere in between) depends on the boat, the duration (hours), and the number of people included on the charter. We offer different prices for boat charters depending on the boat size and cruise duration. For boats that can accommodate up to 10 people + a skipper, the rate starts from 1250 Euros + Fuel + Skipper for 3 hours. The most expensive boat is just from 2700 Euros + Fuel + Skipper which is for a full day charter on our Luxury Fairline Squadron 52/Flybridge Yacht.

Please refer to this page for more details on pricing.

A regular motor yacht with crew can be rented for a day for anywhere between 3,000 and 10,000 euros.

To find the best boat for you, explore our boats page.

You can select a private guided tour for a group that lasts for a few hours, half-day, full-day, or just a romantic sunset cruise. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday, engagement or enjoying a family holiday,  we have a tour that is suitable for people of all ages. A tailor-made French Riviera package will take you exactly where you want to go. You can travel from Nice to Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Cannes, St. Tropez, St. Paul, and more – all in one day.

Another option is to rent a yacht for a day that would take you on coast to coast adventure along French Riviera’s most popular attractions. You can enjoy sailing with the splendid views of the ocean, stopover to Monaco for some strolling and shopping, or go island hopping, paddle boarding and snorkeling.

If you’re planning on a summer vacation in France, don’t miss out snorkeling or paddle boating in Nice or Monaco on the French Riviera coastline. The best spots are found around Port Cros Island inside the Porquerolles National Park. The Plage de la Palud located 45 minutes away from Port Cros Island is considered as one the of the best snorkeling spots in the South of France.

For paddle boating, the best places include Îles de Lérins, Île d’Or, Siagne, Cap D’Antibes, and Baie Des Milliardaires.

There are different boats that suit your preference and style. You should pick a boat that can accommodate you if you’re in group and can provide with your needs. Find below our selection of boats:

Fairline Squardon 52/Flybridge – up to 10 people
Princess V50 – up to 10 people plus skipper
Cranchi 41 – up to 10 people
Rib x 780 – up to 8 people
Gobbi/Azimut Atlantis 315 – up to 6 people plus skipper

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A payment or deposit is required to secure a booking. Before you pay any deposit – please secure a booking date and time with us by email or phone call. You will be transferred to Paypal to make your payment securely. To access our booking form,please click here.

To book with Rent a Boat by Hour, you may contact us via phone, email or through our website booking form.

1. Our booking contact numbers are as follow:

+33 (0) 681 879 455
+33 (0) 787 900 734
+44 (0) 7711 863 070

2. Contact us via email at info@rentaboatbyhour.com.

3.To request a booking form,kindly click here.

Being a captain for a day is an exciting experience. To prepare for taking charge of the boat, we have few tips for you so you can make the most out of the experience:

1. Listen to the instructions of our skipper.
2. Make yourself comfortable, making sure that your movements are coordinated with the rest of the group.
3. Remember the quote: “Drop by drop the sea is made …Slow and steady wins the race.” Appreciate the beauty around you and leave your worries at the shore.
4. Make sure your boat has the supplies and necessities you need including water, food, your clothes, sunscreen, personal essentials and some first aid medicine.
5. Prepare yourself in case you experience sea sickness or dizziness.
6. Let yourself set sail and enjoy!

Here are the things you need to do to get ready for your French Riviera holiday:

1. Prior to your trip, learn about all the activities offered on the French Riviera so you can create a schedule that will meet your needs exactly and keep the whole family or group of friends entertained.
2. Confirm all your reservations including hotel, car rental, restaurants, attractions, and other bookings you have made.
3. Check the weather in your destination and pack appropriately.
4. Make sure your travel documents and insurance are all up to date.
5. Notify your credit card company of your travel to ensure your credit cards are working.

Yes! We want to provide a complete fun experience for your whole family incuding the children and your furry pets.

French Riviera offers many iconic cruise destinations for self-drive boats.

1.Monaco is one of the most glamorous destinations and offers a unique experience.
2. Beaulieu-Sur-Meris considered the ‘secret hideaway’ being one of the smallest villages in the region.
3. Villefranche-Sur-Mer is a perfect place for self-drive hire boats, with its sparkling blue waters.
4. Visit the famous island of Cannes which is internationally renowned for its famous film festival.
5. Don’t miss out on Saint Tropez, a Provencal village lined with colourful houses and bustling restaurants.
6. Nice is not to be missed when cruising a self-drive boat. It features one of the longest and most famous beaches in all of the French Riviera.

It’s normal to feel nervous but it’s easy to drive a self-drive boat for the first time as long as you’re prepared and cautious.

-Your primary priority should always be safety while you are on the water.
-Quickly enter and exit the boat ramp. The ramp must be used by other boaters as well.
-Do not load your boat while you are on the ramp; do so beforehand.
-Dock slowly to avoid any damage.
-Be nice to other boaters, wave back to them and clean up after use.