Explore these unique beaches on the French Riviera
The French Riviera is blessed with scenic coastal towns set under the warm Mediterranean sun and overlooking gorgeous beaches and azure waters. The Côte d’Azur offers an endless succession of silky sand, lapping turquoise sea, and quintessentially French glamor. No wonder that the quiet coves and dramatic bays of the south of France retain such a perpetual allure for celebrities and the yachting crowd.
Magnificent French Riviera
If you are ready to spend some time at the beach, you are spoiled for choice among the many oases tucked into the roughly 180 kilometer stretch of coastline that runs from the French border with Italy to Toulon. Each one of these beaches along the shores of the French Riviera offers a unique vibe and seaside experience. From quiet, secluded spots perfect for swimming and suntanning to see-and-be-seen destinations, ask the captain to anchor near the beach of your choice and have the time of your life with your loved ones!
Pointe de l’Aiguille, Théoule-sur-Mer
The captain will drop the anchor in the beautiful cove of Pointe de l’Aiguille which is divided into two beaches. One of the beaches is difficult to access by land and is therefore very quiet. The other one is more accessible and thus more frequented, and both are absolutely gorgeous. With a view of the Lérins Islands and your yacht, the only thing you have to do is decide which cocktail you feel like while catching some rays!
After your day at the beach and fun in the water, one of the crew members will bring you up the road to take in the mesmerizing view from there. At the Corniche de l’Estérel, take some time to discover the extraordinary spectacle offered by the meeting of red rocks plunging into the sea where the blue and green colors are charged with nuances according to the seasons.The Estérel, an ancient massif of crystalline rocks, has a volcanic past, as witnessed by the red cliffs of the park.
Plage Des Fosses, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Les Fosses’ beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. Located to the south, it offers sunseekers an exceptional backdrop surrounded by villas as well as the former Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat quarry, the starting point for a walking trail you will not regret exploring. This beach is also the longest in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, it offers many pontoons and villa accesses on which you can settle, as well as clear water for swimming and snorkeling. This beach is very famous amongst the regulars of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, in particular for its calm and tranquility.
Paloma Beach, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
The beautiful Paloma Beach was named after the daughter of Pablo Picasso who used to come here with his children. The beach is set in the stunning surroundings of the Cap Ferrat peninsula. The tender will bring you to the small beach, nestled along rocky shorelines, which are decorated with Grecian-style homes. Even the villa regulars in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, owners of some of the most expensive real estate on earth, tear themselves away from their hillside mansions and infinity pools to spend afternoons at the iconic Paloma Beach. This bay is a favored yacht anchorage and you will soon find out why, the azure, calm sea invites you to spend the day enjoying all the water toys. The crew will get all the gear out so you and your friends can show of your water skiing, jet-skiing and paddle boarding skills!
Baie des Milliardaires, Antibes
La Baie des Milliardaires, or Billionaires’ Bay, is one of the most legendary locations on the French Riviera. The area began enticing the world’s richest and most influential people at the end of the 19th century when King Leopold II of Belgium and Baroness Rothschild started building expensive villas here. The bay quickly became popular with Europeans and especially Americans, who threw their lavish parties often attended by celebrated writers such as Francis Scott Fitzgerald.
Billionaires’ Bay is one of the wildest beaches in Antibes. Initially the beach was only accessible by boat, but even now that there is a small path to reach it, the transportation of choice to get here is of course a yacht. Located in the heart of Cap d’Antibes, it fits into the heart of lush Mediterranean vegetation, and some magnificent villas hidden between the trees. If you only have time to visit one beach during this trip to the French Riviera, this is the one!
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La Mala, Cap d’Ail
La Mala beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the French Riviera. This magnificent stretch of white sand and pebbles has the verdant Cap Mala on the eastern end and steeply rising cliffs on the western side. The seawater is consistently clean as harbors are far away. Lazing in this semicircle of Mediterranean greenery and gazing out over the rippling translucent water is the Cote d’Azur at its best. Couple the natural setting with two fine private beach restaurants and you may never want to leave.
Saint Laurent d’Eze, Eze-sur-Mer
Saint Laurent Beach in Eze is one of the least known beaches in town and is very much uncrowded even in the high season. It is located between the Pointe de Cabuel and Cap Mala in the Saint Laurent Bay. This beach has an idyllic setting and arriving in this beautiful bay where the waves splash against the rocks and stones is a unique experience. The beach is narrow, so you might want to opt to spend the afternoon onboard, taking advantage of the remote and quiet location. The crew can put out the slide for you and set you up with any water toy you can imagine for another unforgettable day onboard at the French Riviera.
Whether you have time to visit all, some or just one of these exceptional beaches on the French Riviera, there is no better way to do so than from the comfort of your own yacht, with your chief stewardess taking care of all the details so all you have to do is have the time of your life!
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