Plage du Ponteil

Beach / Outdoor Activity
Plage du Ponteil 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. French Riviera France 43.573202 7.125554
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Plage du Ponteil Review

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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.

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 now holds the old town of Antibes and the beautiful villas scattered in the forest.

Adventurous types can rent equipment for sailing, jet skiing, and kayaking from the many stands along the beach, or join in on one of the late afternoon pick-up volleyball or rugby games.

And, of course, since Plage du Ponteil always draws a crowd of sunbathers, there’s plenty of opportunity to meet the young and the bronzed.

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Tip from Jonah:

The crowds on the beach are immense during the summer – especially in August – so it’s best to arrive before noon to snag a good spot on the sand.

  • Crowd

    All types of all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Water sports. Equipment for rent at the stands along the beach.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Food stands sell sandwiches, ice cream, beverages, and mergueze, a typical French beach snack consisting of North African spicy sausage in a baguette with fries.

  • Prices

    Kayaks €5/hour, sailing €20+/hour, jet skis €50/hour.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Beachwear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime during the day, though the beach is also a popular place for watching the sunset over a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine.

Plage du Ponteil User Reviews

Average rating:
Free beach this way!
Tara R. Dec 13, 2012
Sometimes paying for entry to the beach simply—and there’s no other way to put this—sucks. When a beach that looks this good and is well taken care of is publicly accessible without an admission charge that may induce a nosebleed, it’s a miracle. Plage du Ponteil is one of these miracles. It has all the beauty of the beaches renowned in the French Riviera for the color and perfect temperature of their waters, and the stunning mountains that serve as a backdrop, plus the bonus of SAND and no price tag. It is very popular, but it didn’t irritate me that much because you couldn’t blame them for seeking out this beach.
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