From all the must-see superyachts to the best places to party after the show, get the complete insider’s guide to the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show.
Running from 25 - 28 September, the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 will be attracting a fleet of superyachts and thousands of attendees to the Cote d’Azur for the 29th edition of the prestigious boat show.
For four days, Port Hercules will be a hive of activity as 30,400 prospective clients and industry players descend on the French Riviera to explore what’s on display on the water and along the exhibitors’ stands.
This year’s show will play host to 120 superyachts in total, with the vast majority of the lineup made up of motor yachts.
The average length of the attending yachts is 49m, while the average age of the yachts on the lineup is 5 years; marking the youngest fleet ever at the Monaco Yacht Show.
More than 40 yachts attending the show are available for crewed yacht charters, which equates to 37% of this year’s fleet. You can read our must-see charter yachts attending the show for more details on the ones you shouldn’t miss.
This year will also be hosting the largest yacht ever to attend the show; 111m/366ft charter yacht TIS. She outranks the 110m/361ft motor yacht JUBILEE, which attended the 2017 edition of the show, by just one metre.
The show takes place entirely in Port Hercules, but there will also be a number of yachts available for viewing at anchor outside the show.
A water taxi is available throughout the show, with seven pick-up and drop-off points conveniently located across the marina.
The opening times for the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show are: 11am-7.30pm every day, except on Saturday when the doors close at 7pm.
As well as the yachts, hundreds of exhibitors will be showing off their products and services, with top shipyards, brokerage houses and marine and luxury lifestyle stalls in attendance at the show.
The Tenders and Toys zone will be also making a return along Quai Antoine, alongside the prestige Car Deck.
With over 80 yachts making their debuts in Monaco, the show promises plenty of brand new vessels available to view.
One of the most exciting new yachts will be Lurssen’s 111m/366ft motor yacht TIS. A recent addition to the charter fleet, she will be drawing in plenty of attention with her Winch Design exterior styling and palatial interiors.
Oceanco’s 90m/295ft luxury yacht DreAMBoat will also be making a buzz in Port Hercules. Freshly delivered, show-goers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to step on board to admire her elegant beach-club style interiors, which have been kept closely under wraps.
Another star of the show will be the latest addition to the Feadship fleet: 77m/253ft superyacht ‘Syzygy 818’. Her sharp exteriors, penned by Jarkko Jamsen of Aivan, make her an instant icon.
You can read more about our top must-see new yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.
Monaco has no shortage of restaurants to suit every occasion and palate during the show. La Maree is conveniently located overlooking the harbour, and offers an upscale setting for enjoying fresh seafood and a convivial atmosphere. For something more casual, Rue Princess Caroline is lined with different restaurants that are well-suited to a light bite.
In the evenings, COYA Monte Carlo is where the in-crowd head for Latin-American fusion and a warm reception. The cocktail menu is expansive, so be sure to try one of their specialties and soak up the buzzy vibes as the evening wears on.
If it’s a sophisticated meal you’re after, Nobu is the ultimate choice. Expect a luxurious backdrop, a refined Japanese menu and a sensational taste experience among fellow show-goers.
As ever, Buddha Bar will be one of the most popular venues for post-show partying in Monaco. The restaurant-bar crossover is a regular stop-off for those looking to dine and dance to the soundtrack of live DJ sets.
Twiga has a similar vibe, with a stellar menu coupled with an unrivalled club scene later in the evenings. Expect Methusalems of champagne topped with sparklers, dazzling entertainment and a no-holds-barred party vibe.
Twiga will be hosting plenty of Monaco Yacht Show-themed parties over the course of the show, so you’d be remiss not to pay the venue a visit, even if it’s just for a cocktail on the terrace.
For a true taste of French Riviera party life, look no further than Jimmy’z. This iconic club will be in full swing over the course of the Monaco Yacht Show, and will be amping up the entertainment with live performances from dance troupes and deck-spinning DJs.
After the show, take the time to unwind and soak up the last of the Mediterranean sun.
Nikki Beach Monte Carlo is still going strong on the roof of the Fairmont Hotel, and offers poolside lounging and a summery soundtrack throughout the day, offset by spectacular views over Port Hercules and the yachts at anchor opposite the marina.
A little outside Monaco in the small town of Eze lies one of the best-kept secrets in the South of France. Anjuna Plage occupies a thin sliver of beach, and boasts a premier restaurant, boutique shop and a laid-back vibe that makes it a fan favourite. Best accessed by yacht, it also has a roster of A-list clientele.
The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful regions in the Mediterranean and has no end of things to see and do. In Monaco, visitors can explore the decadent Monte Carlo casino, browse the Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III or admire the incredible selection of marine life at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
Afterwards, stop by neighbouring Menton to visit Mirazur, a restaurant that was named the Best in the World for 2019. Then, pay a visit to the Val Rahmen Exotic Gardens for an afternoon of botanical bliss.
Head over to Nice for a day of sightseeing and walking the cobbled streets of the city, taking the time to explore the famous Matisse Museum and the pink palace of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
Those looking to travel even further afield can stop by the spa at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes or take a boat ride out the Lerins Islands, where you will find the famous Abbey and the superyacht hotspot of La Guerite, a beach club and restaurant on the island.