We love the Vauban marina. Through the large lock gates, the marina is almost in the heart of Saint Malo, located just outside of the walls. This does mean it is a busy and sometimes noisy marina but well worth a visit.

The harbour staff are very helpful and speak very good English. They really do make it a pleasure to stay in the Vauban Marina and many marinas could learn a lot from their helpful and positive approach.

The marina can get very busy in the summer, so even smaller boats may have to go alongside the wall and raft up. They do get large regattas as well, sometimes with over 100 boats. Do call them first.

The Saint Malo marinas have been split into 2 separate pages. The marinas are very different and worthy of their own page each.

Vauban Marina lock timesports.bretagne.bzh/jcms/prepro…

The marina can also accommodate large boats along the wall. Not quite as secure or quiet, but seems to work well. There is electric and water along the wall.

The lock entering the marina is huge, but so are the boats that sometimes use it.

I have produced a sped up video of leaving the lock gates and heading for the Rance Barage – youtu.be/XAxifYkv0LM


The new pontoons, taken from the ramparts. photo by Colin 2015

The new fingers with the walls of Saint Malo behind – very idyllic


Les Bas-Sablons marina, note Bassin Vauban marina just outside of the walls of Saint Malo at the top left of the picture – photo by marinas.com


Vauban marina, this is the old layout. The pontoons now come off the pier on the right of the photo – by marinas.com

Entering from the sea. Make sure you have a big loop at the end of your rope. People on land will normally take your rope. We found they were on the port side as you enter



Turn left as you come through the lock gates and the marina is in front of you. Some very large boats may need to go along the wall. This is fine but ensure your boat is secure and be aware that the height of the marina does drop a little and so if you are not tied to a pontoon, you need some slack in your ropes


Bureau du Port (right door). The left door is access to the marina toilets and the middle door provides access to the showers (no token required). The sign shows the way to the public toilets – still the same in 2018


The man or lady in the dinghy comes to meet you as you arrive at the marina

2019 There is a new pontoon alongside the wall whcih runs alongside the marina. This will be useful and will save having to adjust the ropes as the water level rises and falls.

New pontoon, photo by Neil Robert July 2019

Official web site port.saintmalofougeres.cci.fr/

Pilot Guide
St Malo lock and lots of other information, wind speed, Vauban lock, Rance lock nautisme.lefigaro.fr/bloc-mari……

The lock operates as follows and is based on Saint Malo HW. The time listed for Entry is the time the lock gate opens to the sea. It ‘s better to arrive 15mins before.

  • 2.5 hours before HW
  • 1.5 hours before HW
  • 0.5 hours before HW
  • 0.5 hours after HW
  • 1.5 hours after HW
  • 2 hours before HW
  • 1 hour before HW
  • High Water
  • 1 hour after HW
  • 2 hours after HW

The above is based on my calculation based on the lock times in 2015. Please check with the Harbourmaster or other sources of information if the timing is critical for you.



The facilities are rather old and limited and are in need of an update. The showers are free (no jeton). There are separate entrances to the toilets and the showers.

WiFi is free of charge and everyone uses the same code. The signal is weak on some of the visitors pontoons and some visitors were unable to receive the signal.





There is now a bakery just inside the main gate. More upmarket and great croissants and pain au raisin etc. They have their croissants delivered soon after 8am so are effectively closed until the first delivery. Nice croissants though!



Another bakery – perhaps better for bread. Go in through the Grande Porte (not the main gate) – and keep walking straight. About the 2nd shop on the right.

Yacht Club de Dinard
On the food + sailing topic the restaurant of the Yacht Club de Dinard has now reopened.
Knowing the chef, the lunch menu will be competitive and the food very correct. Dinner 35/40 € but in long days May June you can enjoy the sea view and the club atmosphere. Not so many tables so reservation preferably. Denis

Forum information

Market day
Tuesday, Friday

Dinard Markets – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays mornings all year round on Esplanade des Halles, Place Rochaïd.

Extra information
Wind graph at Saint Malo – www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere…

Weather – www.meteo.fr/marine/naviweb/bu…



Saint Malo weather forecast from xc weather – www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/s…

9 day – Saint Malo – www.weather-forecast.com/locat…