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Key Info

Promenade des Anglais / Quai des Etats-Unis

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary by beach

Details

Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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One of the main draws to a vacation in Nice is the beach, which is punctuated by the French Riviera sun, the rolling Mediterranean waves and the legendary blue chairs. However, there are some things to note. First, about 15 private (and costly) beaches break up the 20 public beaches, so be prepared to shell out several euros if you are hoping to lounge on a stretch of sand equipped with chairs, umbrellas and nearby restaurants. You should also note that the private beaches don't allow you to bring in your own food and drink, so you'll have to purchase refreshments from the adjoining (and expensive) restaurants. They even charge for lounge chairs and towels.

The public beaches are free, but they often don't have any restroom facilities or lounge chairs, which are almost a necessity against the pebbly ground. And speaking of the rocky sand, some travelers recommend wearing water shoes, even in the water, since the ground is so uncompromising.

Beau Rivage is the most popular of the public beach options (amongst both tourists and locals) because it offers a large volleyball court and many easily accessible restaurants (it neighbors a private beach of the same name). Try checking Blue Beach if you're looking for a more luxurious option. It is a private beach that rewards those who are willing to pay the entrance fee with exceptional food options and unique activities for kids.

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Recent travelers highlighted Place Masséna as an idyllic location to snap your photos, with a hypnotic tilework, illuminated display fountains and seven famous statues to serve as memorable backdrops. Reviewers also recommended stopping by at various hours of the day to see how the square changes with the rising and setting sun. The square is free to visit 24/7.

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