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Best French Riviera Beaches

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Located on France’s Mediterranean coast is the Côte d’Azur or more commonly, the French Riviera. It is not only one of the most targeted holiday and vacation destinations in France, it is extremely popular with Europeans and other international travelers of all ages. Few places on the planet can rival the glamour and glitz that this area has to offer. Despite the fact that the region is well known for the Cannes Film Festival, the casinos of Monaco, and St. Tropez, the beaches along the French Riviera hold a magnetic allure that few can resist.

If you are planning a holiday or vacation to the region, be prepared for the stunning natural beauty that this pristine coastal area has waiting for you. No matter what area you visit, the landscape changes and no two beaches ever look the same. Additionally, celebrities and the very wealthy have been known to regularly frequent the area but getting to see them is another story. They typically spend their time on private beaches that only people of their economic stature can afford.

The following is a list of our top 4 picks for the best French Riviera beaches and definitely ones you should try to take in at some point in time:

Antibes – the best feature of this beach is that it is very sheltered by the artificial breakwaters, making it very safe for swimming children. Just be aware of the fact that it is one of the tinier beaches on the Riviera and extremely crowded during the peak tourist seasons of the year.

CannesLa Croisette is a long stretch of the “public” beach that features numerous bars, bistros, cafés, and restaurants to tempt all of your culinary desires. Despite the fact that the city of Cannes is best known for the Cannes Film Festival and the all-night parties that take place when the day is over, this is the best beach for that younger crowd who want to end the day after their day at the beach.

Juan les Pins – not often crowded in the summer, this beach is one of the more pristine sandy beaches of all situated along the French Riviera. It’s allure lies in the fact that the restaurants on this stretch of shoreline are amazingly affordable and you will never walk away hungry.

Villeneuve Loubet – probably the most quiet and uncrowded beach that you will ever experience along the French Riviera during the peak tourist months of summer. The beach’s only drawback is that your bare feet will be subjected to mixture of pebbles and sand as you explore it. The most amazing fact about this beach is how quiet it is despite the proximity of tidal noise and the fact that it is bordered by this areas busiest street.

Top 3 Hotels in the French Riviera:

Hotel Little Palace – A 2 Star Hotel in Nice, close to the city centre. Rooms from € 95/£ 79/$ 116

Hotel PLM – A 2 Star Hotel in Cannes with Special Price. Rooms from € 62/£ 51/$ 76

Hotel Rachel - 3 Star Le Cannet Hotel close to Cannes and French Riviera beaches from € 80/£ 66/$ 98

Photo by Sonal and Abe

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  1. Joe Calarco says via Facebook:
    June 23rd, 2010 at 22:54

    What a place! I picked a couple of hotels through Verere a few years back (when i still had money) and the picks were great! One off the normal path in Cannes La Boca and the other in Nice, well lets just say that the sea was within ‘falling’ distance! WOW! Great food, great people and just amazing sights!

  2. Rafael Horacio Vega says via Facebook:
    June 24th, 2010 at 01:01

    Muy Bueno, es para tenerlo encuenta

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    June 24th, 2010 at 11:59


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    June 25th, 2010 at 13:32

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  5. ted says:
    July 26th, 2010 at 00:51

    The beaches of the French Riviera are amazing. It has been a long time since I have been there, but I think it is time to plan a trip. Thanks for the article.

  6. Marie says:
    December 5th, 2010 at 00:23

    Its very nice place. I wish you all have a nice trip.
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  7. Mike Cranke says:
    June 21st, 2011 at 21:49

    Booked the Dante Hotel in Nice through Venere, just a very few steps from the Promenade Des Anglais and the gorgeous pebble beach in Nice. Basic room but clean and friendly, with breakfast served in your room. But you wont spend long in the room, Nice is absolutely amazing Sea so Turqouoise/BLUE it really is named correctly the Cote D’Azure. With tasty restaurants just off the Promenade that are more reasonably priced, including the “Barracuda” on Rue Gambetta, not far from the Negresco, (very pricey) but beautiful architecture, buy an expresso at the Promenade Cafe and people watch for an hour or so. We have been back 4 times now and would still go again. In the first week of september there is an ancient sailing ship regatta that is simply stunning to watch from the beach or harbour.

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