Party Earth Review For a bit of relaxation or to enjoy some relatively inexpensive water sports, it’s hard to beat the sandy beaches just south of Antibes. Completely free to the public, Plage du Ponteil offers a serene location from which to admire the natural beauty of the French Riviera, including the ancient fortress that ... more
Plage du Ponteil
Party Earth Review Leisurely afternoons on the beach are what the French Riviera is all about, and Nice Beach is one of the best places to soak up the sun and the atmosphere. The city’s long shoreline and boardwalk – the Promenade des Anglais – offer wonderful panoramic views, as well as an excellent place for rollerblading ... more
Main public beach runs roughly along the southern coast of Nice from the Cote D'Azur Airport on the west to the Port de Nice on the east
Party Earth Review Located directly in front of the most luxurious hotels in town, some of the best shopping in the French Riviera, and the busiest nightlife in Cannes, the Plage de la Croisette has miles of beautiful sandy beaches filled with sunbathers and swimmers enjoying the clear, warm water. A fair portion of the beach is taken up ... more
Along Boulevard de la Croisette
Party Earth Review Surrounded by Italian-style architecture of red and yellow townhouses and situated in the center of Nice’s old town, Place Rossetti is a charming square featuring a small stone fountain and the lovely baroque Cathédrale Sainte-Réparate. Easily accessed by the streets Mascoïnat, Rossetti, and the Pont-vieux, the square and ... more
Intersection of Rue Mascoïnat, Rue Rossetti,
and Rue du Pont Vieux
Party Earth Review From sunrise to sunset, this private beach and restaurant draws an affluent and attractive clientele ready to spend a few pampered hours in the sun or enjoy an upscale dining experience. Afternoons at the beach usually find young jet-setters competing at table tennis or ensconced in their comfy deck chairs sipping ... more
8 Quai des États-Unis
Party Earth Review Patrons will have to walk down the stairway to heaven at Le Rêve Plage, a truly dreamy private beach and bar decked out in strikingly white tables, chairs, floors, and furnishings. By day, a pampered and bronzed crowd fills the luxurious white beach chairs to enjoy a meal right on the sand or to sip cocktails and peer ... more
Boulevard Charles Guillaumont
Party Earth Review Surrounded by the medieval stone walls of Antibes’ fortress, Plage de la Gravette is a small enclosed beach protected from the bustling town by the walls and from the open sea by two jetties. Always packed in the afternoons with a mixed crowd of sunbathers and families, the beach provides a wonderful base not only for enjoying ... more
Archway entrance off the Port of Antibes
Party Earth Review An active pedestrian walkway parallel to the beach, Rue Masséna is lined with ice cream shops, unique boutiques, and specialty shops. Street performers entertain the crowds in the evening, while local artists offer watercolors of city scenes and other handcrafted souvenirs. The recently built tram offers a comfortable ... more
Party Earth Review Pronounced “sunset” in French, Sun 7 Café is a DJ and live music bar that attracts music-loving patrons who like their jazz and hiphop in a low-key, casual environment. The dim and narrow space features leather couches and dark red walls covered with records of jazz greats that create a subdued vibe, while the bar’s collection ... more
5 Rue du Docteur Gérard Monod
Party Earth Review Located under a large staircase across from the beach, L’Escalier’s easygoing, dive-bar vibe attracts a slightly gritty clientele looking for late-night fun. The bar’s street level area offers a few scattered tables and a large projection TV for watching sports, while the more spacious downstairs area features some small ... more
10 Rue Raoul Bosio
Party Earth Review Patrons in need of escape from the sometimes wild atmosphere of old town Nice might want to try Bliss Bar, an upscale haven where misty white windows guard the privacy of those who have slipped inside. The original antique stone and low ceilings of the historic building have been combined with modern pop art and ... more
12 Rue de l'Abbaye
Party Earth Review Anyone in the mood for a little gambling should spend some time at Le Casino Croisette, a small but elegant venue offering slot machines, table games, and plenty of opportunity to try one’s luck at stud poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps. Patrons should just keep in mind that odds for certain games are slightly different ... more
1 Jetée Albert Edouard
Things to do in the French Riviera can come with a lot of zeroes behind them and multiple dollar signs in front, but not every visitor has to garrote his wallet the minute he gets off the plane.
Although the all-night nature of the nightlife might make it difficult to get up in the morning, snoozing the day’s things to do away only means missing out on some magnificent beaches, landmark resorts, endless shopping, and star-powered people-watching at the plazas and sidewalk cafés.
Both private and public beaches in the French Riviera offer all kinds of water activities and outdoor sports, as well as amenities like umbrellas, lounge chairs, and beachside food and cocktail service.
Happy hours in the sand lead naturally to shopping, another exercise in luxury as scores of upscale shops just off the beach offer everything from furs to chic club attire perfect for that next big night on the town.