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The most beautiful beaches in Nice

A must-see tourist destination on the French Riviera, the metropolis of Nice seduces with its museums, monuments and shopping streets. But the beaches of Nice, public or private, are also a full-fledged attraction for many tourists. Enjoy a good time on a sun lounger, on pebbles, or on the sand, and plunge into the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea!

Privates and public beaches in Nice

Swimming enthusiasts, sportspersons, as well as idleness enthusiasts can enjoy twenty public beaches and fifteen private beaches in Nice.

The bathing waters meet the strictest quality requirements and have been awarded the Blue Flag label. There are also areas dedicated to water activities, to offer thrill-seekers places to enjoy themselves, and safe areas for swimmers to swim in complete safety.

Nice, one of the largest cities on the French Riviera, is also a popular seaside resort with highly touristy beaches!

Selection of the best public beaches

The Sailboat beach is located near the Masséna Museum and not far from the Fine Arts Museum of Nice. This public beach of Nice hosts a restaurant and a playground for children.

The Lenval beach welcomes you in front of the Lenval hospital. Toilets and showers waiting for bathers. Windsurfing and windsurfing enthusiasts enjoy an area dedicated to the practice of their favorite sports.

The Centenaire and Carras beaches have special facilities for disabled access to the sea, and as such benefit from the 2 buoys Handiplage label). Visually impaired people can also benefit from the “audioplage” (audiobeach) to enjoy the pleasures of the beach and swimming in optimal conditions.

Carras beach is the only beach in Nice authorized for dogs, in a clearly defined and identified area.

Ponchettes Beach, located on the seafront facing the old town of Nice, is mainly composed of pebbles. Numerous amenities are available, such as a space for playing beach volleyball. Swimming is supervised during the summer season.

Réserve Beach is located a few hundred meters southeast of the Old Port of Nice. This small beach, made up of several successive coves, has a more wild ambiance. However, if you plan to swim with family, please note that there is no lifeguard on duty!

Selection of the best  private beaches

Many private beaches welcome vacationers looking for a cosy or trendy place for a day or an evening on the water.

Cocoon Beach Club offers lounge areas and spacious deckchairs to provide guests with a calm and restful setting. The VIP lounge offers even more privacy for more affluent guests. The restaurant offers generous and refined Mediterranean cuisine.

Miami Beach welcomes you near the Radisson Hotel in a family atmosphere. A children’s playground and petanque courts will make your day at the water’s edge even more enjoyable. The private beach offers a restaurant, with lunch, dinner or refreshments on the terrace, and deckchairs and umbrellas for rent. Miami Beach has the Family Plus label.

Régence Plage By Radisson Blu is a private beach in a refined setting and offers holidaymakers a real invitation to relax. Guests can have lunch or dinner at the restaurant, have a refreshment at the bar, enjoy swimming lessons or aquagym.

Castel Plage, west of Ponchettes Beach and at the foot of Castle Hill, is renowned for its Beach Club and its restaurant specializing in seafood.


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La Promenade des Anglais

Most of the beaches of Nice are located along the Promenade des Anglais. This seafront promenade owes its name to the craze of rich XIXth century English tourists for the French Riviera and the Baie des Anges. A large pedestrian area allows you to walk in front of the Mediterranean Sea. You will be able to stroll while looking out to sea or admire the facades of the many remarkable buildings and large bourgeois houses.

Nautical Activities

Pleasure boating appeals to many vacationers, who take advantage of the calm waters of the Mediterranean to indulge in their favorite activity, at the helm of a sailboat or motorboat. Thrill-seekers favor leisure activities such as towed buoys, parasailing, flyboarding, jet-skiing or windsurfing. You can also try your hand at paddleboating, rent a kayak or canoe, or try scuba diving or snorkelling.