Carteret is a lovely small town with excellent restaurants. The marina has limited mooring space for visitors and gets very busy in the summer with lots of rafting up.The only official Visitors mooring area is along side the pontoon at the far end of the marina.
It is well worth a visit, especially out of high season. Navigation is fairly easy, the trip up the “river” to the marina is good and there is plenty to see and do, especially if you like good restaurants. The nearby Barneville Carteret provides a good long walk or cycle ride and there is a very good beach. Just make sure you plan your timings well so you do not get stuck and beware of the swell for the last 6 to 8 miles if the wind is from the west. Watch out for crab pots and ropes. A few years ago most of them had flags on, but in August 2013, there were many pots without flags which are even harder to spot and there are a lot of them!
We visited mid April. The new sailing and nautical centre is now completed.
There are still discussions regarding creating a barrage further down towards the entrance of the harbour. This would keep the water in the estuary and provide better facilities for sailing and rowing, and also stop the smell of the seaweed etc. An interesting idea.
Below if a photo of sand at the entrance to the harbour in 2016, so you need to keep close to the red post this year and then not too close to the breakwater
Please note, the new pontoon was for the sailing club etc and not for visitors.
2016 brochure – Carteret
There is a small market in the square near the station selling fruit, veg, fish and bread every Thursday morning through the year. Especially welcome as most shops seem to close on a Thursday out of season.
Bureau du port
Tel – 02.33.04.70.84
Fax – 02.33.04.08.37
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org…
VHF Channel 9
Please note office opening times for 2016
web site – www.mairie-barneville-carteret.fr Harbour Office (and Semaphore) – Marina is open about 2.5 hours either side of high tide. This varies depending on the state of tide. In spring tides it opens for longer and neap tides it can be as little as 2 hours either side of high tide. An hour before that, the water can be half way down the channel, but it always seem to come up in time!
Tides – Marina opening times www.barneville-carteret.fr/fr/ports-des-isles/ouverture–fermetur……
I have been looking at tides, speaking to people with experience and looking at the various boat trips.
The last 7 or 8 miles into Carteret can be pretty lumpy. Normally this is worse leaving Carteret as you have West winds and strong tide on the shallow seas. The period 1 1/2 hours to 1hour before High Water appears to have the least tide.
Before that the tide is South East and after that the tide is North West. So if the wind is from the North or North West, it is likely to be rough from High Water onwards.
If anyone experiences these tides and wave conditions or has any local information, please do let me know.
Walk to Barneville
The boat works area to the East of the marina is now fenced off, a secure area and it is not possible to walk through the area. This means you cannot get through there to get to Barneville for the market etc. All the paths have been fenced off.
Instead, walk past the Yacht Club and go to the roundabout and then follow the quiet road toward Barneville. Turn right down the track and then across the bridge. Turn left through the small Hamelet called Tot. See the lavoir on the left and walk past the old train station and over the railway line. Turn left at the small roundabout and that is your quickest route. Despite information to the contrary, it will take 25 to 30 mins to walk.
Map Weather – france.meteofrance.com……
Tel 00 33 2 33 04 96 29. Under new management in 2008. Very good restaurant type food. With current exchange rate, value for money is OK, Entrecôte is Euro 18 and 3 course menu is Euro 26. Management and staff are very efficient and helpful, but speak very little English. Menu has no English translation so make sure to take your dictionary if you do not know the names of all the food in French. 2009
La Kalakiki – LA CALE MARINE
La Cafe Marine-Carteret Tel 00 33 126.96.36.199.50, very popular and good, more “pub” type food. Open February to October.
Visited August 2013 and had a good meal. They do not take reservations. Menu is limited but has 1kg moules, entrecot, lobster, omelette etc. Well priced and menu is on the place mats with an english translation.
Staff were pleasant, helpful and efficient and spoke some english.
Le Russell – Cave a Manger
Tel 02 33 53 84 90 – email email@example.com…
I am not sure if Le Russel is a wine bar that sells food or visa versa. Who cares – both are excellently done.
We wanted to go somewhere different and as Le Russel was fairly new, we went there for early dinner (7:30). There are only a few tables and it probably seats approx 40 people.
As you go in, the place is dominated by a large bar and lots of wine bottles in a rack on the left side. You can order wine by the case or chose a bottle. They are priced for drinking there or taking away.
The menu is very limited. What is on the blackboard is what is available. But whatever they have listed, it is excellent. Very tasty, well cooked, great service, nice wine (you go to the rack and chose it) and a great evening out.
The staff speak good english.
There were 4 of us and with 2 courses a bottle or wine and other drinks it was just over Euro100. Awesome.
Le Carteret Hotel
Near the railway station
Tel :2 33 04 95 63. Report in 2015 is that it is fine for Pub food but the chef has changed.
Opposite the Information Office, good selection and good for a snack. Gets very busy and check opening times. Now has an outside eating area as well.
www.ycbc.fr… – has free wifi. Ask for the code
Located on the edge of the beach, the setting of this restaurant/bar is hard to beat. The lunchtime menu includes dishes such as fresh fish and Salad Gourmand. An open charcoal fire turned sardines into something really special. It’s very popular with the locals so on a sunny summer’s day you may have difficulty getting a table without booking in advance.
It is probably the best part of a mile from the marina so if you don’t fancy the walk and have left your bikes at home, it might be best to order a taxi from the local yacht club. Damon Route de la Corniche, Tel 02 33 52 29 14
2010 – very popular – even on a Tuesday night so book ahead. Last report, very good meal but service a bit slow. Latest report – Excellent meal, but you do need to book – Aug 2010 2011 update – The service is now excellent, as is the food. This place, like many others in Carteret has really upped its game over recent years. Damon Logis Hotel and Restaurant, Tel 02.33.53.85.89,
website www.hotel-le-cap.fr, e-mail hotel-le-cap “at” wanadoo.fr
La Tivola pizza restaurant
La Tivoli is located in the main ‘high street’ with a picnic table located on the pavement outside. You can’t miss it. Look past the greasy spoon cafe appearance and plastic furniture and you will discover some of the best pizzas in northern France. Thin, crispy bases with just about every topping option imaginable – even Calvados!
A small section of Italian-style dishes are also available and with a one-litre carafe of wine for ten Euros, you really can’t go wrong! Damon
Le Rivage (Hotel des Ormes)
For something a bit special, I thoroughly recommend Le Rivage restaurant located within the Hotel des Ormes, a stone’s throw away from the marina. The quality of decoration and attention to detail is the first thing you will notice. This small restaurant is not cheap (around 45 Euros pp for 5 courses) but if you are a bit of a foodie, the extremely French cuisine will be right up your street. You are not in danger of over eating but you will leave having experienced some wonderful flavours and an enjoyable night out. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. – Damon
Bar du Port
not for food but for a drink or early morning coffee, tel 02.33.53.87.29 **
Hotel Des Isles: Tel : 2 33 04 90 76. 9 Blvd Maritime.
Logis de France with good menu, friendly and helpful service. Very popular with families as there is a spacious dining room attached to the hotel. Sometimes a little noisy. *
Rest Le Gohan: Tel 2 33 04 95 33. About 30 mins walk from the marina towards Barneville Plage. Worth a stroll.
*** are based on value for money, good service and cuisine – with thanks to ©Stan Cleal 2004
- Thursday morning : Carteret
- Saturday morning : Barneville-bourg
- Sunday morning in July & August : Barneville-plage
Helpful information from Mark Page at the start of September 2013
It is possible to wade across the river at low tide on the eastern side of the ‘dock’ below the Bar du Port – bottom is hard-ish sand and about calf-deep. We did that as we stayed at the Hotel Les Isles on the beach north of the river.
The sandbar outside the marina was lower than in your photo.
We ate in the Hotel du Cap – good food, Mark Tabel reckons it’s the best fruit de mer in Carteret (and he should know, he’s an expert on it!) Allow 2 hours to eat it….
The guy running the chandlery spoke good English.
Tide outside the river – It was pretty rough at HW due to the fetch on a NWesterly wind, the Victor Hugo took two attempts to get alongside! It was especially bad just north of the reef marked with a buoy. I also fish at the ‘French bass marks’ which are around the 30m contour level halfway between Sark and Dielette quite often, peak tide will be 3knots (+) on big springs at low water and an hour after, running generally north/north-north-east to south. I would expect it to be much the same at Dielette and Carteret.
Barneville has a very good market on Sunday mornings in summer, but we were there on Lessay fair weekend and it was smaller than usual apparently (still 15-20 stalls including 3-4 fish ones though). It takes 15-20 minutes to walk there from the marina, taking a footpath across a footbridge rather than the main road (which the market occupies and gets closed).
It’s a nice walk round the Cap at low tide under the cliffs, then back past the lighthouse. There’s a load of beach huts and kiosk/restaurant type place by the beach under the cap.
Car Rental / Hire cars
We rented through http://www.francecars.fr/ who were very helpful and efficient. Where it says “Modifier l’agence” on the web site, type in Cherbourg and then a drop down list should show Dielette, Carteret Yacht Blub, Saint Vaast and of course Cherbourg. They delivered the car on a truck.