The Best Beaches
There are lots of beaches along the coast of French Riviera that give a unique experience as you enjoy the Mediterranean sun and sea. Here is our guide to the best beaches on the French Riviera:
Nice: Neptune Beach
Neptune Beach is a public beach with a nearby restaurant with the same name. The public beach area is quite narrow, and like all the beaches along the Promenade, it is pebbly. There is also a nearby watersports activities center. It has all the necessary facilities for guests, such as wash areas and showers. For parking, the best way is to move further west of the beach.
Nice: Carras beach
Carras Beach is in the west of Nice and far from the known hotels so there are fewer tourists here. It is known for being the “handi-plage” (hanidcapped-accessible beach) for the physically challenged tourists. It is the only place in Nice where you can rent a jet-ski from a private company. There is also a place for beach volleyball. Wash areas are 200 meters away next to the Municipal police station. A small public parking lot is on the west of the boat port.
VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-MER: Marinieres beach
Marinieres Beach is a thin but long beach stretching for about a kilometer. A stunning view surrounds the beach that curves along the coast. It is near the train stop and easily accessible, and along the road going to the beach, there are several snack bars. Showers and toilets are available. There is paid parking that can accommodate about 400 vehicles located between the beach and the train station.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Passable Beach
The beach is on the western side of the Cap-Ferrat peninsula. It is a part-public, part-private beach. This beach is perfect for seeing the lovely French Riviera sunset. It is a pebbled beach, but the stones are small enough not to hurt your feet. The sea here is good for snorkeling. The beach is somewhat secluded and quieter than other beaches. Outdoor showers and toilets are available. There is a small space for parking near the beach.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Paloma Beach
Paloma Beach rests deep within nature with all the greenery surrounding it. It gives a very picturesque view of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Eze cliffs. Like Passable Beach, it is also semi-public. Pines of the nearby cliffs give shelter from wind and make for the gentle waves in the bay. You can try a few watersports like paddle boarding and water skiing. There are showers and toilets accessible to all visitors. Parking space is along the road over the beach.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: Cros Dei Pin bEach
This beach is the main beach of Cap Ferrat. It is sandy and stretches for 150 meters with a view facing Beaulieu-sur-Mer. It is very family-friendly with a water-slide for children. There is also a watersports facility, along with a beach volleyball court and snack bar. Parking is paid nearby the watersports center.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Fourmis Beach
Fourmis Beach can be found in the west of the port and has fine gravel sand. Children can play safely in the shallow part of the water and there are diving platforms for adults. It is near a beautiful boulevard lined with pine and palm trees, though the beach offers no shade. Showers and toilets are available but parking can be very difficult and we recommend to look in the town.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer: Petite Afrique Beach
The pebbles on this beach are fine it is almost like sand. Petite Afrique Beach is a favorite among Beaulieu-sur-Mer residents. This sheltered cove has incredible scenery around and with lots of facilities. Showers and toilets are available including lifeguard services and paid parking with enough space. There is an area for kids to play in the shade of pine trees, as well as a beach volleyball court, a small snack bar, and a beach club. Watersports like skis, paddleboards, and banana boats are available from a private company.
Cap d’Ail: Mala Beach
This white sand and pebble beach is accessible through two winding staircases among the fragrant trees. A large portion is for the public complete with enough showers and toilets. If you want to rent sun loungers and deckchairs, you can rent them from two nearby restaurants. There is no parking space, but the beach is very walkable from Cap d’Ail town, and you can get there from Monaco via a beautiful seaside walking trail. Due to the path leading to the beach, the beach has no wheelchair or disabled access. Also, use judgment when deciding to take kids.
Cap d’Ail: Marquet BEach
Marquet Beach is very accessible from Monaco (it borders Fontvieille and is where the Cap d’Ail seaside walking trail starts) and is great for families. The beach has a mixture of small pebbles, gravel, and sand with a shallow dropoff and calm water. The offshore boulders give for a great place for snorkeling. In-season, there is a lifeguard where you can rent some beach equipment. There are showers in the area where the park with shades is. There is a parking lot on the west side of the beach. Snacks and drinks are available at the beach restaurants.
Cannes: Midi Beach
It is the largest of the section of public beaches in the area along Boulevard du Midi. It is west of the Old Port, with rocks protecting the bay, making for a great picnic site and calmer water. During summer, there are pontoons from the beach clubs where you can soak in the sun away from the crowd. There are shower areas and many shops and kiosks nearby. The beach is complete with facilities, and you can park in the streets or at the Old Port.
Cannes: La Bocca Beach
La Bocca Beach is a scenic beach with lovely sand and huge boulder rocks. La Bocca beach is located near the train station. It is a very good alternative to the beaches in Croisette and is a very quiet and pleasant place. La Bocca beach is a non-smoking beach.
Monaco: Larvotto Beach
One of the best spots in Monaco, the sandy stretch of this man-made beach is very suitable for swimming and sunbathing. It has a beautiful backdrop of beautiful high-rises around making for a very picturesque view, and just resting in the water are fancy yachts. There is the children’s garden shaded with pine trees and also the beach volley court nearby. There are plenty of restaurants nearby, and facilities are ample and accessible to all. (NOTE: The beach is under renovation and will be open to the public on June 2020).
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin: Carnoles Beach
Carnoles beach is a lovable urban beach that is very accessible — only a few strides from the train station. It is near a beautiful promenade with a very good view of the nearby town of Menton and distant hills. You may find the beach kid-friendly for its calm water. There are plenty of places to get snacks while parasols and chairs are available for rent in some of the nearby “managed” beaches. You can park in the nearby parking spaces about 10 meters away from the beach.
Menton: Sablettes Beach
East of the port is where the sandy Sablettes beach, with its combination of sand, and pebbles. The beach is quiet and sheltered but has a lovely view of the town of Menton and its beautifully painted houses. The shallow waters are perfect for youngsters, and the beach is large with packed-down sand. Take a break at one of the coastal road snack booths or the restaurants to the east, where you can enjoy a bite to eat.
Antibes-Juan-les-Pins: Les Pecheurs Beach
Named after fishermen selling their catch in the beach entrance, Les Pecheurs Beach is a delightful place. It has clear water and a very calming ambiance within the sheltered cove. You will have a beautiful view of Golfe Juan and Cap d’Antibes. Lounge chairs are available for rent in the nearby private restaurant, and there are beach showers and food in the area as well. Les Pecheurs also has ample parking space and there are more spots in the interior streets.
Antibes-Juan-les-Pins: Gravette Beach
Gravette Beach is accessible through Port Vauban and is one of the most pleasant in Antibes. It has fine, white gravel and crystal-clear water with a very idyllic setting. It is also near Old Town and offers a great retreat for tourists wanting to take a dip after a stroll in the area. The beach is complete with facilities like shower areas and snack kiosks, and parking is not a problem in the nearby Old Port.
Saint-Tropez: Pampelonne Beach
The beach for you to see and be seen. The fine sand of Pampelonne beach stretches for almost five kilometers along the coast and has a remarkable natural setting with a rural back-drop that gives for a very scenic view all around. No highrise blocks the view, with the mesmerizing sight of the sand rising and the super-yachts in the bay. A portion of the beach is private where beach clubs rent out sun lounges and parasols, but the remaining larger part is free for the public. Water sports are available at kiosks scattered in the beach line. There are excellent facilities with public toilets and showers, and also both paid and public parking near the beach.