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.
Cannes – La 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