Your travel guide to Cannes
Although Cannes was once little more than a fishing village in the South of France, it is now a resort popular with socialites, celebrities and travelers from around the world. The appeal of the area is largely due to the Cannes Film Festival, the town's charming historic architecture, the luxurious nightlife and upscale dining. However, it is impossible to forget about the beautiful and exclusive beaches in the area, which are dotted with cafes, shops and Cannes beach hotels.
Beaches and Attractions in Cannes
Cannes is home to more than 50 different beaches, but many of the most attractive ones are private. You'll have to pay an entry fee, but the cost typically includes an umbrella, a lounge chair and even drinks service. By staying at a hotel near La Coisette, the beach boardwalk, you may be able to have free beach entry. Beach hotels in Cannes often give hotel guests complimentary passes, which can save money and give you a perfect beach spot.
Beach Locations and Transport
The nicest private beaches, in addition to many hotels, are close to the La Croisette boardwalk as well as the Palais des Festivals. To the far east and west of the city, however, are public beaches where you can find an affordable hotel in Cannes that is still just steps from the shoreline. Walking is often the easiest way to get around Cannes, but taxis or buses are also available to take you from your hotel to restaurants or nightlife.
Insider Beach Tips
If the crowds on the beaches of Cannes are becoming overwhelming, sail away on a local ferry to one of the two small islands in the bay. Called Îles de Lérins, the two islands boast free beaches that are secluded and quiet thanks to being off the beaten tourist track. Just be sure you return by the last ferry in the evening to guarantee you make it back to yourbeach Cannes hotel in time for a drink at sunset.