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Nice Beaches: What You Should Know

Published on April 27, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

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Lounging on Nice’s beaches are a luxurious and time-honored way to spend a sun-drenched day. But be warned: they are more pebbly and rough than meets the eye. Water shoes are highly recommended when walking along the beach, and its tough to get comfortable if you have nothing but a towel to nap on (unless, that is, you don’t mind stones poking your spine).

Private vs. Public Beaches in Nice

The public beaches are broken up by 15 private beaches that alleviate this problem — for a cost. You know those blue lounge chairs that have come to embody the French Riviera? Private beaches provide them, and they’ll lift you away from the hard pebbles for a cost of about 10 to 18 euros a day, plus extra if you’d also like towels and a parasol for shade.

Another pro of private beaches: they provide restrooms and showers while most public beaches do not. But, con: you can’t bring outside food onto the private beaches; you must purchase from their quite pricey concessions. Public beaches do not have this restriction.

If you don’t mind incurring an extra cost – you’re on vacation, after all –  try the private beaches.  If you’re visiting in July or August, you might want to call ahead of time to secure your spot.

Or, if the idea of prepping a picnic basket with fresh ingredients and having lunch by the sea is more your style, tote along a padded beach mat as well and enjoy a public beach for free.

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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