Update 1st July 2024

Simply email Carteret Marina at portcarteret@ports-manche.fr with the preavis and they do the rest.

27th June 2024

One of our boating supporters sent his forms to the Douane and received the following message:

The immigration formality procedure has recently changed, you no longer have to go to our premises at the Carteret ferry terminal to validate your passport.

Sincere greetings.

From the Regional Customs Directorate of Caen.

It would appear you can now send your form to the Carteret Marina and they will forward it to the Doune and return it stamped. The same on exit. This effectively makes Carteret a non-PPF port.

Beautiful Carteret is a great place to visit. They have carried out major works over the last 2 years, extended and renewed many of the pontoons and even moved the marina entrance to provide a greater expanse of water. Quite remarkable.

This page has been fully updated on 16th April 2024 based on our visit the previous weekend. I have also separated out the Places to Eat to a separate page.

However – 1 June 2024. Please see marinas.digimap.gg for the latest information and the new procedure for entering and exiting marinas. It is good news and thank you to the French authorities and the ports and marina officials who worked so hard to introduce these new rules.

July 2024 updates

The new facilities and marina office are progressing well. The marina office will probably move from the portacabins to the new marina office at the end of the season.

photos by Bev Michel July 2024

Marina gates are working well – however, the digital sign showing the depth on the way in was not working. The exit gauge was working correctly.

There is no sandbank at the harbour’s entrance. See the photo and stay close to the red pole. They did have diggers in action; however, they appeared to be taking sand from around the harbour mouth and using it to increase the sand dunes, which had taken a battering during the winter.

No sandbank in April 2024

Lots of building work next to Le Cap, looks like apartments.

Building works between Le Cap and Le Russel

F pontoon fingers (for the bigger boats) have 16amp and 64 amp sockets (no 32 amp sockets).

Wifi worked well. Each device needs to attach to the WiFi and then enter a code which is provided. You can use the same code on multiple devices.

Douane was punctual and helpful.

2024 Tide Tables

Brexit and Covid

You need to complete the following form and send it to both of the email addresses 48 hours before travel.

PDF version-

Microsoft Word version –

They may be able to accommodate you in less than 48 hours but do send it early if you can. The same on your exit.

If you arrive late in the evening, they may let you meet them the following day. If you are leaving early in the morning, they may let you meet them the previous evening. They really are trying to be helpful.

If you go for a day trip, you still need to send your form and carry out passport control.

Please note that the time of arrival or departure needs to be the time you can meet them at the ferry terminal. You need to allow 30mins walk from the marina to the ferry terminal, which is where passport control is carried out. Arriving at the marina at the time you are supposed to meet them will not be good.


Entering the port

8 min video – the first section is sped up x 2
First sight of the new gate – lights and gauge on the left. If the screen is blank, do not enter

Closer view of the entrance
The left-red post has a tide gauge that should be similar to the board
Princess V39, Echo Beach entering Carteret Marina – photo by David E Corson
Marine Hotel on the left and the new M pontoon for Super Yachts
View of the main marina, where the wall and gate used to be, best keep to the left of thee yellow buoys
Pontoon M – high and no facilities
Pontoon F for the bigger boats. Good wide spaces between the pontoons
Pontoon F – April 2024
Pontoon E, even numbers on the left and odd numbers on the right of the picture
Pontoon F, rafting on the left side. Odd numbers on the right side of the photo
Far end of Pontoon E. Echo Beach (grey Princess V39) is moored on E09
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E Pontoon odd numbers

Tide rush

The new lights for the new gate can be seen from seaward don’t rush in if still showing red.

The gate opened at 6.3m of tide at Carteret (Navionics/boating app).  The board said 1.8m but the digital gauge said 1.5.  As there is a slope over the gate at the first opening I would err on the safe digital value. The digital gauge is blank until the gate opens.

This boat crossed immediately when the lights changed and the board displayed numbers
Fast tide runs for the first half hour
Boat entering Carteret marina soon after the gate opened

Please note that there is a sign saying that incoming boats should have priority through the gate.

Deepest water

Deepest water close to the harbour wall, same in 2024
Don’t go too far to the right when approaching the marina gate
The new gate

Leaving Port

Princess V42 leaving the marina with a depth of 5m

Carteret is a lovely small town with excellent restaurants.

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.

Pontoons E and F are the main visitors’ pontoons.

Pontoon E

The odd numbers on the Westside and even numbers on the Eastside.

Pontoon F

The Westside has the longest fingers for the larger boats (50ft+?) and they are very wide. The pontoon is also a little higher. The Eastside does not have fingers.

Pontoons E and F both use the same ramp on the East side to go ashore. 

Pontoon M

For very big boats (superyachts) and the Pontoon is even higher than all the others. The ramp to the pontoon is from by the Bar du Port and there are no facilities.

The facilities are still in the Yacht club – and no, they have not been done up. No change there. No jetons are required for the showers.

Bureau du port

Tel –
Fax –
e-mail – contact@port-des-isles.fr
VHF Channel 9

The old marina office has been demolished and replaced by a temporary portacabin
photo by Garey Le Feuvre 2022
Marine office opening times

They were good at responding and speak good English. They will respond to emails in English which is helpful.

The office has electric bikes for hire which are quite expensive but good fun.

Almost no one was wearing face masks in Carteret at Easter 2022 and no restaurants ask to see your vaccination certificates etc.

The last 7 or 8 miles into Carteret can be pretty lumpy. Normally this is worse leaving Carteret as you are going into the waves.


Fuelling is on the end of F pontoon.

Electric and Water

The pontoons do have electricity and water. Pontoon F has 16am and 64amp sockets

Electric requires you to press a silver button next to the socket which seems to keep the power going for 24 hours and then you need to press it again.

Water is one of the push-in fittings. You can get special fittings or a Hozelock type male hose connector will normally work.

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 Hamlet 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 is a good 30 mins walk.

Carteret is an ideal place for bikes and will mean you will get to Barneville in less than 15 mins.

Web Cam

Webcam of marina extension – mairie.barneville-carteret.fr/webcam/
Drone video www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRaAqPtv3RM
Great time-lapse video of the time coming up the channel to the marina by Chris de Putron before the new marina was built – youtu.be/sUXtLWvwaQU

Market day
  • Thursday morning: Carteret (by the Train station all year round) – fruit, vegetables and bread mostly
  • Saturday morning: Barneville-Bourg
  • Sunday morning in July & August: Barneville-plage

Car Rental / Hire cars / Taxis

We rented through www.francecars.fr/ for a few days which was very helpful and efficient. Where it says “Modifier l’agence” on the website, type in Cherbourg and then a drop-down list should show Dielette, Carteret Yacht Club, Saint Vaast and of course Cherbourg. They delivered the car on a truck.

Taxis and Ambulances of the Cote des Isles provides good service – Tel +33 (0)2 33 04 61 02


A reader reported they needed an emergency doctor or hospital. They were advised to call ‘15’ SAMU. This is an emergency response number. Just dial 15.

They can put you through to a doctor with a translator (3-way call), send an ambulance or prescribe medication for collection at the local pharmacy.

SAMU then called the port as they were not allowed to call an international number and asked them to call the reader to confirm the medication was ready for collection. So, all in all, exceptional service from the port, SAMU and the pharmacy.

The reader thought this information would be useful for anyone in a similar position.

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