There are 2 towns here – Deauville and Trouville. These are both very nice and interesting towns with amazing beaches, connected further up the river by a bridge, or even better, a small orange boat which goes every 5 mins and costs Euro 1.40. At low tide, there is a walkway that appears and this costs Euro 0.50.
There are 2 marinas for visitors
Port Morny / Morny Basin / Inner Harbour
Port Morny is in the Heart of the Town – It is the historic harbour basin of Deauville. It bears the name of the founder of the city, the Duke of Morny, and is ideally placed close to the city centre, at the entrance of the city and in front of the train station.
A pontoon runs the length of the left side of the marina as you enter through the lifting bridge. There are no fingers. The facilities are poor and the opposite side of the marina with 1 shower and 1 toilet for men and for ladies.
The facilities are next to the marina office and next to the Deauville Yacht Club. The development work on the Visitors pontoon is progressing well and hopefully will include some facilities in the redevelopment.
On the Normandy coast, where the tides impose their schedules on mariners, it is accessible for more hours during a day and has free flow on most tides (not big neaps). The free flow stops at high water. Port Deauvillle has longer opening times than Port Morny but is more remote from the Town and the Marina office and the facilities are a bit of a hike.
There are lots of visitor mooring spaces in this marina with quite a number of good size fingers. The problem is that the facilities are 6 mins walk away with no signs as to where they are and the Marina office is completely the other side of the marina, again with no map of how to get there and where it is. The check-in process was good and efficient.
To find the facilities, walk to the southern end of the marina and there is a low white concrete structure in the ground. Go down there and there are 2 toilets and 2 showers at most times during the day. Hardly enough for 70 visiting boats and 6 min walk from the moorings. At certain times however (in May it was 09:00 to 12:00 and not Thursdays) a lady opens another section of the underground facilities and there are good showers, toilets and a washing machine and dryer. This provides another 4 or 5 showers and toilets in shared facilities. Hopefully it is open more often in the summer.
To access the Harbour office, your best bet is to go over the lock bridge as this is the shortest distance, but only when the lock gate is not in free flow. Otherwise you need to walk all the way around, which takes around 15 mins.
We were sent the tide times for the marina and were unable to understand why some of the heights of tide were highlighted in pink. Apparently, this indicates free flow through the lock gates.
Well Port Morny probably has more charachter, is closer to the train station and the centre but Port Deauville is quieter and has fingers and so is better for a nice quiet stay.
Interesting Telegraph Travel article www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/des…
Tourism – en.normandie-tourisme.fr/disco…
Official visitors web site en.deauville.fr/
Marina lock times – http://www.deauvilleyachtclub.fr/portes—pm-2018.html
Trouville Web Cam – ca.wisuki.com/webcams/1158/dea…
Trouville tourism web site www.trouvillesurmer.org/