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By No owner — last modified Jun 07, 2016 02:09 PM

 Cyprus - Profile

Facts

  • The Republic of Cyprus (the southern part of the island of Cyprus), and Larnaca in particular, is a useful stop for long-distance cruising yachts on their way to and from Greece and Turkey.
  • The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union, but is outside Schengen.
  • Lacking natural harbours and anchorages, Cyprus has always been an island to visit for its ports, rather than to cruise around. This has been made even more necessary by the ongoing conflict between Cyprus and Turkey (following the latter's occupation of the northern part of the island in 1974) which has reduced the few cruising attractions that the island had in the past. However, the reputation of Cyprus as an excellent base for repairs and reprovisioning has ensured its continuing popularity.
  • Fortunately in recent years two new marinas have been developed, Karpaz Gate Marina in the North and Limassol Marina in the South, which means more berths are available. Prices however are higher here for berths than in neighbouring countries.
  • The northern "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" has not been recognised by any other countries except Turkey. The Republic of Cyprus, which controls 60 per cent of the island, is internationally recognised as the government of Cyprus.

Weather

Cyprus has an island climate with daily breezes that can get strong in the afternoons. It is usually calm at night. The prevailing wind direction is westerly (up to F7) and there are occasional easterly gales in the winter. The summers are very hot and humid with temperatures up to 101°F (40°C) in July and August. The winters are generally mild and pleasantly sunny. September to November are usually the best months for cruising.

Cyprus Weather Forecast

Cyprus Radio broadcast weather forecasts at 0600, 1000, 1600, and 2200 on channel 16 then switch to another channel. The forecasts are for 24 hours and cover the four coasts.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

Main Ports

Northern Cyprus: Karpaz Gate Marina * , Kyrenia (Girne) *

Southern Cyprus: Larnaca * , Latsi (Latchi) * , Limassol * , Paphos (Pafos) * , Zygi

* indicates port of entry

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antares
antares says:
Jun 07, 2016 12:08 PM

check out this site. Its very informative about moorings and anchorages in Cyprus. It also has informations about boat maintenance in the island. www.cyprusailing.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 13, 2015 11:50 AM

This information picked up from a Cruisers' Forum:
Not many sailors might know that Cyprus is another option to escape from Schengen, and for sure they wouldn't know how accommodating the authorities are compared to other countries when wanting to stay longer than 90 days.
Likewise, there is a scheme in Cyprus whereby one can get VAT paid status for a non VAT paid boat at a much discounted rate. The greatest savings are for the multi-million euro yachts - rates vary from 3.9 to around 10 percent, and it requires some admin costs and gyrations. Malta has something similar, but rates are better here and apparently the process simpler. Once the process is completed the VAT paid certificate is accepted in all other EU countries, so I am told.

EldadHadani
EldadHadani says:
Aug 17, 2015 09:57 AM

Zygi: fishing port located about halfway between Limassol and Larnaca at 34 43.6N / 33 20.5E
It is in a process of being transformed into a marina. There are new pontoons and new water & electricity pedestals that are inoperative as of 08.2015 and no entry authorities. When we have asked in Limassol about possible mooring in Zygi, we have got different answers from different officials.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 14, 2015 03:44 PM

Posted on Marmaris Bay Cruisers - Schengen Issues in the Med:
For those with Schengen issues looking for an alternative to Turkey, we just checked in to the Republic of Cyprus. Got a “Landing Permit” which allows us to stay as long as we are living on our boat, at no cost, and all in one office (in Latchi, CY). We plan to winter in Limassol.
Rick & Mary, Ocean Dream

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