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Cyprus - Availability of Berths

By Sue Richards last modified Feb 26, 2010 07:27 PM

Published: 2010-02-26 19:27:54
Countries: Cyprus

Not sure how to post this but felt that it might be useful to cruisers considering a berth in Cyprus - even temporary.

We are presently in St. Raphael Marina, Limassol, Cyprus, on a monthly contract. We were informed this morning, 26th Feb, that we must leave on 1st Mar as our berth is needed for another yacht. No complaint - we knew this might happen when we returned to Cyprus for repairs at the end of October, whilst on the Vasco da Gama Rally - this is notwithstanding that we had an annual contract here 2004-2009.

The berthing situation throughout Cyprus is dire - Latchi and Paphos Harbours are full with no vacancies, as are Larnaca and St. Raphael Marinas. Luckily the weather forecast for the trip to Turkey on Monday is reasonable, and there is a full moon.

The new Limassol Marina will not be completed for 3 years and other developments will take even longer. A Swedish boat which arrived today from Egypt has been told they must move by Monday also.

Cruisers thinking of using Cyprus as a stop-over to and from Port Said are advised to think of other arrangements.

Peter Myatt
Yacht Forever Freedom