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Saint-Cast is one of our favourite marinas. It is open at all tides and has excellent, modern facilities. Next to the large marina are 4 restaurants and the main town lies at the end of a scenic promenade walk and has a good range of shops and restaurants which stay open all year.
The management and staff at Saint Cast are very pro-active and make a great effort to ensure their marina remains one of the best in Northern Brittany.
2017 has seen the addition of more pontoons, especially a long pontoon around the inside of the wall for visiting fleets and extra mooring for visitors.
Navigation – Approach
The port of Saint Cast is situated to the South East of Saint Cast Point, overlooked by a signal station and flanked by rocks 500 metres to the North East. Officially it is not advisable to pass between the Point and the Bourdinots Shelf, uncovered rocks (2 metres) situated ¾ of a mile to the North East of the Point, and signalled to the North East by a Cardinal East buoy. It is preferable to leave the shelf to the east before heading to the entrance of the channel to the port. There is however good room between the rocks and the land if approaching from the West and you take care.
Journey to St Cast from Guernsey was approx 51nm. Head for NW Minquiers and then SW Minquiers. A buoyed channel with red and green buoys mark the entrance channel quite clearly as you arrive at the marina.
There can be a large number of pot buoys in the approach – may be a gamble at night.
Opening hours :
Season time (July 1st to August 31st)
The marina is open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
The marina office is open from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM and from 2:00 PM to 7:15 PM
The marina office is open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM and 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
It has 825 places on pontoons, including 40 short/medium stay places for visitors, and approx. 180 buoy moorings. The marina can take boats as large as 50ft. The marina office says there is 2m of water below datum.
Once you get in – look for the Visitors Pontoon.
Personnel should be on hand afloat to greet incoming boats at all times throughout the week from 08h00 to 21h00 (from 07h00 as from July 1st). Call VHF channel 9. The port personnel are normally in a red rib.
If you are 10m or more, turn left between C & D pontoons and go right to the end until orange ‘V’s start to appear on pontoon poles. If 9m or shorter, turn left after D and again go right to the end.
The shower/toilet and office block include 18 well-appointed shower facilities with wet and dry areas, en-suite hand basins, hair-dryer and electric razor plug points. Separate washbasin facilities are also available for a quick wash and brush up. The facility has a non-slip floor with underfloor heating, with hot water provided by solar panels, and also includes two washing machine/dryers and a dishwashing area. Hair-dryers are now available on request at the front desk.
WiFi is available free of charge in the Marina office. It is available on some of the pontoons and seems to be much improved. A booster wifi antenna may help. There is no charge for WiFi which is welcomed. You no longer need a code. You log into the marina “port” WiFi and provide your details and you should then have a connection. VPN does appear to work.
The credit card operated refuelling berth provides a 24h/24h service, and a pumping station can accept lightly polluted treatable water as well as highly polluted residues.
The Telephone number for the Marina Master’s office is +33 (0)2 96 81 04 43.
web site www.cotesdarmor.cci.fr
In 2017 the Marina office was much improved. There are more English speaking people, they now provide bread and croissants at 9 am each morning (must be ordered the previous evening) and they even have bikes for hire at Euro 2 per hour.
Above information kindly provided by Keith Martin, Ports Concession, Côtes d’Armor C.C.I. and updated by the editor (Colin)
Radio Channel: VHF channel 9
Tourism web site
Car Rental – available from Garage Les Mielles, 13 Bd de la Vieuxville. Telephone: +33 (0)2 96 41 76 04
Website – www.dinan-capfrehel.com/commer…
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A website (garagelesmielles.com) is under construction and is planned to be online in early 2019. A 3rd car (2018 Seat Leon TSI) will be added alongside the 2018 Fiat 500C and 2017 Ford Kuga.
Taxi – Useful taxi number is 02 96 41 86 16 – they speak good English and are based at Saint Cast.
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Some Forum chat
At the Marina
There is now a large shop at the start of the promenade with a large selection of clothing together with nautical items and a small chandlery.
The Fish Restaurant is impressive and has a fish shop connected.
The marina has 4 restaurants within the large square building at the top of the marina. In good weather, they all have an outside areas across the road which is a great place to sit and what the world (or boats) go by.
None of the restaurants are highly rated on Trip Advisor which is a shame. The highest rated in 2017 was the Caravelle but it also has the most limited menu. The Caravelle also used to serve a nice french breakfast but did not appear to be serving breakfast in August 2017.
The big market day is on Monday in July and August and is really worth a visit.
There are so many excellent restaurants in St Cast, we have created a separate page – the only marina to have this.
The lifting dock opened at the start of May 2012. Repair / maintenance facilities are also available.
Situated next to the boat handling area, the careening area has a 1,250 m² fully impermeable surface, including boat hoist alleys, and is likely to accept twenty or so boats from 6m to 15m in length, 4.30 overall beam.
Last but not least, a twenty-ton boat hoist and 2.5-ton dismasting/stepping jib are installed over the dock to complete the range of equipment available.
Please contact the marina office or handling service for more details and modalities.
In 2019, one of our readers had a bad case of rope around his duoprop that couldn’t be resolved by a commercial diver. He has kindly provided the following information.
“The hoist in St Cast (22MT weight limit) is booked through the port office and can be paid there cash or credit card (single lift EUR 201 including TVA).
Rouxel Marine (Jeanneau dealer +33 2 96 41 08 79) located between St Cast and Matignon did a very good job (neat, tidy, thorough, professional). They accept cash or card at the main office/workshop and at their sales office in the port.”
The entire facility is managed by the Côtes d’Armor C.C.I.
The bus service from St Cast to other destinations is a bit of a mixed bag, depending on the time of year.
The service from St Cast to St Malo is excellent. The Ti Bus runs three times a day and twice a day on Sundays, but pick up a timetable from the tourist information centre or look online for more details. The bus stop is behind the tourist information centre and you pay as you get on. The grand sum of 2 Euros will get one person one way and the journey takes about one hour. The trip is very scenic and takes you to the St Jacquet sur mer peninsula and over the Rance barrage. If you are interested in going on to Paris, the bus stops at the very modern train station, making it very convenient to connect to the rest of France. To get from here to the Intramuros takes about 10 to 15 minutes on foot or there is a shuttle bus for those of you who don’t want to work up an appetite for lunch.
The bus service from St Cast to Dinan is somewhat different. We discovered that it only seems to run until the 26 May, although the tourist information office didn’t know this and neither did a lovely old French lady who spent 20 minutes with us as we all waited fruitlessly for the arrival of a bus that didn’t arrive! Bus information as at August 2017. Thanks Damon
We had a lovely walk along the path away from the town direction, to the next little bay as recommended by Jean. You start at the orientation table to the North of the marina and walk along a path. You have to walk around a campsite – lovely little bay, good swimming, nice picnic area and a very short walk up over the hill into town – café open in season and weekends. If you continue walking, you arrive at another couple of beaches and again you can walk quite quickly back to Saint Cast. Head along the Rue des Nouettes for the upper Town and then down the Montee du Panorama path.
Please call the marinas direct if you wish to find out how busy they are. Nearly all the Brittany and Normandy marinas DO NOT take reservations and so beware of 3rd party sites offering bookings.
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