French Riviera Beaches
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The French Riviera Beaches have been fashionable with beach goers for centuries. As opposed to other French Beaches they are blessed by the waters of the Mediterranean and a great weather year round.

They have been attracting visitors from northern Europe for decades. There are many beaches on these French shores, let me mention a few of the best and most renowned.

Map of the French Riviera

Map of the French Riviera and its Beaches

French Riviera beaches

  • Menton France

It is located on the French-Italian border and is attracting more and more visitors to its beaches. Visitors are mainly from Italy followed by Germans and English.

The weather is subtropical with more than 300 cloudless days a year. So its ideal for beach goers that like to relax, swim and sun tan on the Mediterranean waters.

  • Antibes Beaches

Antibes is known for its stunning beaches and beautiful landscape. The area features many private and public beaches providing all facilities to visitors.

The largest beaches in the area are Plage du Ponteil and Le Salis Beach. These beaches are crowded during season, so come early if you want to find the right spot near the water.

Cap d’Antibes

The famous beaches of Cap d’Antibes

French Riviera Beaches

  • Plage de la Garoupe in Cap d’Antibes

This beach offers a great view of Antibes; it is frequented by the wealthy cosmopolitan crowd.

The beach's status is evident in the designer swimsuits and free flow of champagne in the private piers.

Its beach clubs are popular as is the snorkeling.

  • Juan Le Pins

If activity is what you are after then the beaches at Juan Le Pins offer plenty of water sports and there is rumor that water skiing was even invented there.

The water here is calm, clean and warm and is suitable for all the family.

Slightly more relaxed and laid back then its St Tropez counterpart, the beaches of Antibes are the ideal way to soak up the sun on the Cote D'Azur.

French Riviera Beaches

St Honorat Island off shore of Cannes France

St Honorat Island off shore of Cannes France

  • Saint Honorat and Saint Marguerite Islands

These two islands are part of the archipelago of the Iles de Lerins about 2 km off the coast of Cannes in the French Riviera.

St Honorat is the smaller of the two with 1.5 km length by 400 meters wide.

Take with you your swimming suits underneath your clothes; the islands have beautiful small beaches where you can tan and swim.

Also bring some drinks and food if you are going to spend the whole day, because the services of food are limited to one café.

St Tropez

St Tropez in the Cote d'Azur has attracted tourism for many decades

St Tropez Beaches

There are approximately 40 beaches scattered on the peninsula all of them easy reachable from St Tropez.

The main beaches of St Tropez are located on the Ramatuelle peninsula, a short drive out of town.

Some of the best beaches in France are to be found on the stretch of coastline known as the Plage de Pampelonne.

  • Bouillabaisse Beach - Plage de Bouillabaisse with medium grain sands of coral origin is a great beach for families with children and offers beach side playgrounds.

La Residence de la Pinede in St Tropez occupies part of the beach of la Bouillabaisse, which opens exclusively for the use of the guests of the hotel.

  • Plage des Graniers is one of the stunning beaches of St Tropez. It is easy accessible from everywhere.

It is family oriented beach with playgrounds perfect for families with small children.

Nice in the French Riviera is a Top world destination

French Riviera Beaches in St Tropez

  • Salins Beach – Plage des Salins is a place to walk away down the rock strewn sand, find your own private little patch of nature, and completely disconnect from everything besides that blue Mediterranean that is spread out before you. It is considered by some to be one of the world’s nicest nudist beaches.

  • l'Escalet Beach consists of both pebbles and very white and fine sands. There are some rock formations on the beach which features crystal clear waters of a light blue shade. The beach itself is short and narrow.
  • Tahiti Beach - Plage de Tahiti is a magnificent sandy beach about 4 km south east of the town. It offers stunning golden sands. This beach is for fashionable couples looking for cafes and trendy restaurants.

  • Plage de la Briande in Ramatuelle is one of the best naturist beaches in Provence. It features wonderful sands with crystal clear water. It is near Plage l’Escalet

For more information visit the French Tourism Website


Cannes in the Cote D'Azur is a meeting point for the Rich and Famous

  • Plage de la Moutte is situated in a natural environment. The natural beach environment is hilly and mountainous and is stunningly beautiful. The sands, fine and white, mix with pebbles surrounded by clear waters.

There must be a reason why these French Riviera Beaches have attracted millions over the years and decades. They are stunning.

Image Credits:
cap d'antibes by olivier 2000
st tropez by myosostis mail
cannes by guy lebegue
nice by bail des anges

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.

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