and sophisticated luxury yachting go hand in hand. The Cote dí Azur (Blue Coast,) as the French Riviera is called, is situated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France. This yachting Mecca of the Mediterranean is approximately 70 miles long and runs from St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east. Major ports along the way include Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Monaco and Menton. The yachting facilities and services along the French Riviera are some of the best in the world. In summer you will find large numbers of boats cruising the shoreline, although yachting is possible here all year long. The climate is balmy, with long, dry summers, moderate breezes, mild winters and plenty of sunshine. The landscape is charming and varied, with many towns, villages and islands along the way. There are so many anchorages along this stretch of coastline; itís possible to simply cruise from one marina to another and another. If you do not own your own yacht, that isnít a problem, as there are many yacht charters available in all price ranges along the Riviera. Swimming, sailing, rowing, jet skiing and parasailing are all popular sports, and main highlights along the way include the splendid beaches, excellent cuisine, fine wine, world class resorts, museums and cathedrals. The French Riviera has always been known as the playground for the rich and famous, but anyone can enjoy the abundance of beauty and charm this impressive area has to offer.