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Cannes: Beaches

Cannes, France is well known for its blissful white, sandy beaches. In fact, many years ago well-heeled Europeans favored the sands of Cannes over the beaches of Nice, France believing that the sandy beach in Cannes was far superior to the pebble-lined beaches in Nice, and the sandy beaches were even thought to cure almost any illness.

We can’t say that the beaches of Cannes will cure your illnesses, but they certainly will lift your spirits and increase your relaxation!

If you are headed to the beach in Cannes take the knowledge with you that this is certainly a place to see and be seen! There’s also some actual swimming that takes place, but that tends to be an aside to the people flaunting what they’ve got.

It’s true that Cannes has great sandy beaches. However, what’s also true is that most of this stretch along the Promenade de la Croisette are private beaches and dedicated to the guests of luxury hotels. You can pay admission to come to these. Average day rates span $20-$25.

The Promenade de la Croisette, sometimes called Boulevard de la Croisette, is a main thoroughfare in Cannes. It goes along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It follows the coast of Cannes and also is know for its shopping, dining and hotels.

Of course, it’s possible to visit Cannes’ public beaches if you’d rather not pay fees to visit private beaches in Cannes. These beaches are Plage du Midi that goes up toward the west from the Vieux Port along Blvd Jean Hibert. 

If you want to check out a private beach, many of the hotels have them. The nice upside to this is that you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to pay to use the private beach. Some noteworthy private beaches in Cannes are held by La Scala at 50 Boulevard de la Croisette Cannes; telephone: 04 92 99 70 93. Hotel Martinez at 73 Boulevard de la Croisette 06400 Cannes, France; telephone: 04 92 98 73 00. Intercontinental Hotel Cannes at 58 Bd. La Croisette 06400 Cannes, France; telephone: 04 93 06 40 06. Hotel Majestic at 10 La Croisette 06407 Cannes, France; telephone: 04 92 98 77 00.

The upside to staying at one of these hotels is that you’ll often get a substantial discount on the beach fees when you are a guest. However, it’s not mandatory to be a guest to use the beach. There are some perks to private beaches. For your fee you’ll usually get to use a mattress, a chaise lounge chair and an umbrella. The hotels also have showers you can use, and you also are welcome to dine in their restaurants. Some private beaches even have waiter services, and you can buy food and drinks from the comfort of your lounge chair.

No matter which beach you choose, Cannes has some of the best to enjoy in the French Riviera.

There are about 20 or so beaches in Cannes that allow people to go topless. The Cannes topless beaches require bottoms. However, if you want to visit a Cannes nude beach there’s called La Batterie near the N7 coast road between Cannes and nearby Juan-les-Pins. The crowd at La Batterie is mixed straight and gay.

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