Cyprus is seeing a marina-building boom, with at least three major developments in the pipeline, including in Paphos and Ayia Napa. Potential developers and holiday home-buyers within them will be taking a careful look at the success of the existing marinas, however, with several new or revamped marinas currently pulling in the crowds. Here we look at what is on offer at the moment.
If you like nothing better than tacking and jibbing or revving the engine of your motor boat, you’ll need somewhere safe, secure and littered with bars and restaurants – obviously – to moor your vessel when you make the move to Cyprus. You probably can’t wait to holla “anchors aweigh” and explore the seas around the coast of this sun-drenched Mediterranean island, but you’ll want somewhere to relax after a day on the ocean.
The many marinas dotted along the shore offer the perfect environment in which to do so, once you’ve tied your best cleat hitch. Even if you aren’t an old seadog you can don your deck shoes and head down to these modern developments to eat, drink and take in the views. So let’s explore some of the best marinas in Cyprus.
Even if you aren’t an old seadog you can don your deck shoes and head down to these modern developments to eat, drink and take in the views
You won’t find a much better located marina on the island. Right in the heart of the city, in front of Phinikoudes – a palm-tree-lined promenade – you can literally hop off your boat straight into any of the restaurants, cafes and bars that line the seafront of this attractive port city. Plus it’s just a 15 minute drive to Larnaca International Airport. The Marina, an official Port of Entry, has a maximum capacity of 450 yachts, but berths are available by reservation only. It is worth noting that in the winter months the marina is generally full.
Having been renovated into a luxury waterfront development, Limassol Marina re-opened in 2014 fully equipped with restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, a marine training school and cultural centre for events. The site also contains 162 luxury apartments and 74 exclusive villas with private berths and direct access to the beach. All of which has created a modern luxurious marina development and thriving community in one of the most dynamic towns of southern Cyprus. The owners claim to have sold property to people from 14 different countries.
The marina owners claim to have sold property to people from 14 different countries.
St Raphael Resort and Marina
Located just outside Limassol, St Raphael Marina has a total of 237 berths accommodating boats up to 30 metres in length and 4 metres draught. Part of the wider Raphael Resort the marina provides access to the hotel facilities, as well as the award-winning Sailor’s Rest lounge bar and restaurant. Re-launched recently it has been transformed from a casual dining yacht club, to an exclusive restaurant that has proved extremely popular with both locals and visitors alike. The marina is also the base of the well-established St Raphael Yacht Club, which is extremely active in organising offshore sailing yacht races, flotillas, seminars and social events. There is easy access into Limassol by shuttle bus, public bus or taxi.
Karpaz Gate Marina
The first international standard marina in North Cyprus and the only marina on the island with the highest Five Gold Anchor rating, Karpaz Gate allows visitors to benefit from a high level of facilities and services. Specifically designed to cater for superyachts and larger vessels, the marina has the capability to accommodate vessels up to 55 metres long. The Karpaz Gate beach club is just a short walk along the promenade and offers views of the bay, guest access to a private beach and waterfloat, as well as an infinity pool.
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