Nice Beach

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Nice Beach Nice Beach in the French Riviera is a large rocky shore full of sunbathers, swimmers, & ocean fun. Get the details on this Côte d'Azur beach at Party Earth. French Riviera France 43.6968590874554 7.26576056085205
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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... ... read full review

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    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

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    • Day Spot

Party Earth Nice Beach Review

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Nice Beach in the French Riviera is a large rocky shore full of sunbathers, swimmers, & ocean fun. Get the details on this Côte d'Azur beach at Party Earth.

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 and biking, while the calm Mediterranean waters are a favorite for excursions from high-octane jet skiing to relaxed swims.

Beachgoers should keep in mind that most beaches in the area are rocky, so they may want to invest in a super-plush towel or rent a beach chair at one of the various private beaches, and the shy set should take heed that many female visitors are known to go topless.

The main beach can get extremely crowded during the high season (especially July–August), so visitors may want to walk further down Promenade des Anglais to find a bit of space and privacy, or chat up a local who has access to one of the many private beaches that also dot the shoreline.

As the sun sets, Nice’s rocky beach transforms into a dynamic gathering place where people of all ages take after-dinner strolls or gather in groups to sing, drink, or take a dip in the dark.

Vendors on the boardwalk sell beer, crêpes, and other goodies all day, while groups of bohemian backpackers often provide entertainment in the form of guitar and bongo music.

Anyone looking for a break from the loud bars and clubs – or even an affordable pre-club party – will find that the Nice Beach scene offers a laid-back vibe for ultimate relaxation. Once the surrounding bars shut down, however, the crowd on the beach swells to much larger proportions and the party continues well into the next day.

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Tip from Jonah:

Adventurous types can climb up the rocks at the end of the beach and take the forty-foot jump into the sea. There are usually locals there to show people how it’s done.

  • Crowd

    Everyone from grungy backpackers to sultry sunbathing jet-setters. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Many local shops offer parasailing, waterskiing, and jet skiing excursions. Rollerblading and bicycling along the Promenade. Visitors often bring their own instruments. Tons of people-watching.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traveling beach vendors sell beer, soft drinks, ice cream, and other refreshments. Plenty of food options located a block or two in from the beach, though many places close around 2am.

  • Prices

    Chair rentals €12+/half day.

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  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any summer day, especially during the peak July and August months.

  • Close By

    All the bars, cafés, and brasseries of Vieux Nice are nearby.

Nice Beach User Reviews

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Eternal Blues
Claire T. Jul 26, 2013
Relax and feel good in the French Riviera. The eternal blues are in Nice: blue skies, blue sea. The Mediterranean is where everyone goes even with the rocky beach. A stroll in the Promenade des Anglais can take you from the Airport to the Port.
Laze on the Blue Coast
Kerry D. Jul 8, 2013
France is full of excitement, but Nice is a place where you can truly escape the long museum lines, crowded public transportation, and overpriced tours. Grab a bottle of rosé and head to Nice Beach - a vast stretch of picturesque beauty where you can lie out for hours without a care in the world. The water is too blue to be true, the shore is spacious and welcoming, and you will swear that after your day of lounging you had been to heaven and back. End the day with an exquisite meal in a beach side bistro and a walk down Nice Beach's scenic boardwalk. Even just one day on the Côte d'Azur and you'll feel as if you live a millionaire's lifestyle.
Beaches in Nice
Shivam S. Jun 19, 2013
If it's summer time then Nice is the place to be in. The beaches are on the sides of famous Promenade des Anglais, the stretch is soo long that you have plenty of option to find your perfect spot. Beaches in Nice are the perfect place to enjoy the afternoon, to soak up the sun and to relax. You have the wide view of large mediterranean sea and its shiny blue water. The airport is just located nearby so while lying down on the beach you can also follow up with some aircraft activities - landing and taking off, this is entertaining. The are lot of tourists during summer time on the beach and the beaches are full of activities like voleyball, dodge ball etc. It's a perfect place to spend afternoon with bright sun and deep blue water.
Promenade des Anglais
Kristin K. Apr 1, 2013
With any visit to the French Riviera, there is no problem finding the luscious Promenade des Anglais, the main strip lining the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, France. Chances are, you'll end up on this boardwalk without even trying, and may have passed on it without realizing it, which is easy to do given the feast of the senses happening around you, from the marble sky-blue color of the water on one side, to the hum of cafes and patisseries on the other. This roughly 5 kilometer stretch will include outlets to the packed beaches and shoreline, as well as plazas with picturesque look-out points that make every photo appear to be straight out of a magazine. In the summertime there are street artists and live music, and any array of food cuisine to try, all of which are sure to hit the spot since this international location attracts many foreigners eager to display their specialty food and wares. For the adventurous soul, the Promenade des Anglais ends on the east with a fairly easy hike up past natural waterfalls (des cascades) and up to a small park on the hill with rewarding views. Expect to wait for time in the cabanas or blue lounge chairs on the shore, which get claimed first thing in the morning, but with the palm-lined waterfront on the Baie des Anges and heavenly weather year-round, even a sand-banked spot is nothing to complain about.
Best public beach
Isabel U. Jan 9, 2013
Gorgeous beach, not to mention so much fun any time of day. The beach is located right on the edge of the city so you can enjoy the sunny stone beach then pop over to a cafe in town for an authentic salade niçoise. Being a public beach it is a great spot to hang out with friends, go swimming, parasailing, or if you're brave, cliff jumping. Not to mention it's an ideal spot to end a night out on the town, siting on the stone, not sand, beach, you won't mess up your outfit. Great beach to see and great city to visit.
Sun and...stones, not sand
Tara R. Dec 12, 2012
Oh, Nice beach. As soon as you recover from the stones that will stick into your feet like blunt daggers, this beach is wonderful: a long stretch of stones along the Promenade des Anglais. If you’re brave, you’ll take your top off. If you’re even braver, you will go all the way to the large rocks at the end of the beach and jump into the crystalline blue water. I’ve done both. Topless is indeed liberating, and hurtling off the rock with the Nicois gives you some serious street cred. It’s not even that dangerous, but most locals foreigners play it safe. Don’t be one of them.
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