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Beau Rivage Plage
Beau Rivage: trendy


Castel Plage
Castel Plage: sedate

Forum beach
Forum beach for a picnic








With 25 public beaches and 15 private, there's no excuse if you can't find the beach of your dreams! There's a wide range of prices and styles in the private beach restaurants and even the public beaches vary in the facilities and comfort they offer.


Beau Rivage
Beau Rivage Beach Restaurant
This is the only beach-restaurant that is even within shouting distance of Nice's best restaurants. There are sun lounger, tapas, lunch and dinner menus. Beau Rivage beach has been awarded the Qualité Tourisme label by the local Chamber of Commerce. Among the factors considered are the friendliness of staff, condition of facilities, quality of food and drink, cleanliness and overall comfort. I like the fact that Beau Rivage is one of the very few beach restaurants open for lunch year-round. The price for lounge chairs is reasonable and there's even a half-day price. The first-rate Beau Rivage hotel is across the street. More details on Beau Rivage beach.

Neptune Plage
Neptune Plage, Nice

Also a winner of the Qualité Tourisme badge, Neptune Plage is distinguished by its pontoon with a ladder into the sea. The flowery decor creates a relaxed, Mediterranean ambiance which is echoed in the cuisine. In addition to well-executed local dishes, Neptune expands its offerings to include tapas, a tea menu and smoothies. It's just across the street from the elegant Hotel Negresco. More details on Neptune Plage.

Blue Beach 
Blue Beach, Nice
Blue Beach lives up to its Qualité Tourisme label offering tasty, well-prepared dishes and service with a smile. Run by native son Rene Colomban for decades, this venerable establishment attracts a devoted crowd of locals who appreciate lunch here year-round. The lounge chairs are comfortable and reasonably priced as well. Nearby is the splendid five-star Hotel Palais Mediterranée. More details on Blue Beach.

Castel Plage
Castel Plage

This local favorite is at the eastern end of the Promenade, tucked under the Parc du Chateau. The setting is stunning and an atmosphere of sedate elegance prevails. No traffic noise enters the beach area and the music is always low-key. Watching the sun set and the lights twinkle along the Promenade is an unforgettable experience. The closest hotel is La Perouse. More details on Castel Plage.

Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Nice
Miami Beach is a stroll west but it's worth the walk. The food is a level up in quality but no more expensive than the central beach restaurants. Ask for a table on the pontoon for the best view. Service is dependably friendly and the price of €16 for a lounge chair and umbrella is as cheap as you'll find. There's also a small play area for children. More details about Miami Beach.

Opera Plage
Opera Beach
Opera Plage is centrally located and offers the best value for money in central Nice. A lounge chair with a mattress and umbrella is only €16 for the day. Neither the food nor the service at the restaurant is noteworthy but for beach on a budget Opera Plage delivers. More details about Opera Plage.


Forum Beach
Forum Beach

Forum beach has it all. Hate the large stones on Nice beaches? The stones on Forum beach as well as the neighbouring beaches of Florida and Voilier are smaller. (Be aware that stones are largest at the east and west ends of the Baie des Anges and smaller in the center) The beach is wide and slopes gently down to the water, making access easy. It's a great beach for a picnic because there are public facilities at the entrance and you can pick up picnic supplies at the Spar supermarket on ave de la Californie behind the stately CUM building. It's a safe beach because there are lifeguards on duty for the entire summer season. Stay at the striking AC Hotel Nice by Marriott and you'll be a stone's throw from Forum beach. More details about Forum beach.

Coco Beach
Coco Beach, Nice
It may not be to everyone's taste but Coco Beach has a devoted following, mainly among residents of chic Mont Boron nearby. There aren't pebbles, only sea-worn rock platforms linked by a stone path. Ladders lead down to the crystal clear sea. What makes Coco Beach special is the incredible view that takes in the entire Baie des Anges to the Esterel mountains in the west. It's the best place in Nice to take in the sunset. More details about Coco Beach.

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