The best beaches in Nice

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Discover the beaches of Nice

Nice is an exceptional city because it has beautiful beaches just a few meters from the old town. The city of Nice spreads its private and public beaches in the heart of the city. These are pebble beaches, very large with showers and monitoring stations throughout the summer season. Each private beach has its own restaurant where you can enjoy delicious French cuisine.

Enjoy the pleasures of the beach in Nice just a couple of minutes from Villa hostel.


Which beach to visit in Nice?

The beach from Nice might be pebbly (you can borrow Bach mats from us at Villa Hostel) but the stunning views and azure waters certainly make up for it!

This city of Nice is turned towards the sea but which beach to choose? Directly located on the Bay of Angels, the city has 8 kilometers of free public beaches. If most Nice beaches are covered with big gray and white pebbles, you just need to leave the city center to find sandy beaches. Here find an overview of what is available to you.


The pebbles beaches in Nice

Crystal clear turquoise water in the city center is one of the natural beauty that makes the city of Nice so attractive. All summer, enjoy a sunbath on one of the beaches of the city center. Although most are public, some are private to preserve the tranquility of customers. All these beaches are covered with gray and white pebbles. Discover the best places to relax.

Free beaches Nice

Carras beach

This beach is one of the longest and most westerly. It extends over 350 meters and is accessible for disabled people. A sandy beach volleyball court has been laid out, if you want to play a game, this beach is perfect. A nautical center offers jet-ski rental. 

Centenaire Beach

This beach is in continuity with the Carras beach. There are showers and toilets and it benefits from the blue flag. So you can swim in peace. If the pebbles bother you, you can rent mattresses.


La Reserve Beach

If you want to enjoy the idleness elsewhere than on the Promenade des Anglais, I invite you to go to the beach of La Reserve. this beach is situated after the port of Nice along the edge of sea. For the little anecdote, on this beach was shot a scene from the movie “Brice de Nice” with Jean Dujardin, when the famous surfer was waiting for the wave!

This iconic beach is quite small but well known to locals who want to enjoy a bit of tranquility. This is the rendezvous of Nice, a beach of regulars where everyone arrives with his pan-bagnat taken from the truck just above, among the best of Nice !.

Near this beach there is a nautical club, the famous restaurant of La Reserve, Le Plongeoir and you will also find a nautical club.


Coco Beach Nice

Sunbathe on the rocks of Coco Beach. You can walk to Coco Beach bypassing the port of Nice. This is the coastal road that leads to the other side of Mont Boron in Villefranche-sur-Mer. The panorama is exceptional and the setting is very relaxing.

If you want to enjoy the crystal clear waters, go over the beach of the Reserve along the seafront for a hundred meters towards Coco Beach, and below you will see rocks and platforms accessible by stairs. There are many rocks on which you can put your towel for a nap and a swim in the crystal clear water. It is a quite spot to relax when visiting Nice.


Private beaches Nice – Where to eat and chill on Nice Beach

Plage Castel

The Castel is a beautiful private beach but it is also a restaurant that offers the opportunity to have lunch or dinner facing the sea. Castel beach is an Art Deco paradise in the east hand corner tucked away. It is a great for beach chairs, a cocktail at sunset, or rose on the beach. In the evening, the view is exceptional and you can enjoy good Mediterranean cuisine.


Le Galet

Le Galet is a beach, lounge bar and restaurant. The place looks like a pleasure boat with ropes, large wooden panels or huge pergola. The Galet is thought for the comfort and freshness of the guests. In this amazing place you can sit ten feet from the water and enjoy a beautiful lunch. They are also open during the evening and serve really good food with a friendly service. We highly recommend this place.


Beau Rivage

Beach Beau Rivage has a capacity of 500 people. With 100 meters in length on the sea, the staff will always find a place of choice for you. To respect the desires of each, the establishment offers two atmospheres: zen and trend. You can even spend the evening and night out on this beach around a concert or a theme party.


Have a drink on the beach in Nice

Take a sunset drink on a Nice rooftop with a view of the whole bay is a must do!
This last years many hotels in Nice have arranged their roof top in terraces to enjoy lunch, aperitif and dinner with breathtaking views of Nice. We recommend you to go the Meridian Hotel for the aperitif at sunset when the light is exceptional.

And for a funky latin vibe and Dj night, the place to be is the first floor of Movida had a good beach view too.

Villahostels, Nice

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6 Rue Sacha Guitry
F-06000 Nice


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