Nice is world famous for its beautiful beach along the Promenade des Anglais. Beach-goers have the option to enjoy a free dip in the sea or pay a fee to lounge on the beach chairs of one of the private beaches.
You might be asking: why pay when you can use the public beach? And that is a totally fair question. Ultimately it comes down to personal choice and comfort.
For those a little more trusting and not as squeamish when it comes to washroom facility standards, the public beach is perfect for you! But if you have valuable belongings with you, no towel or chair, and like a little more luxurious bathroom then the private beaches may just be for you.
For a fee (fees range depending on the location), guests are free to use the lounge chairs and umbrellas for the duration of the day. Unfortunately, towels are extra, but for those of us who did not pack a towel, that fee is well worth the price.
Visiting Nice was part of our honeymoon so we decided to spend a little more for this little bit of luxury.
While I had kept my eye out for a cheap towel, they were nowhere to be found. Most towels in the shopping markett were over €10. So paying the towel fee at the private beach was much more economically.
There are many beaches along the Promenade des Anglais. The further away from Old Nice you walk, the nicer the private beaches. Many are themed and offer a variety of seating and lounging options.
If you’re undecided, here is some handy information to help you decide which route you’d like to take!
Beach need to know:
This price covers your entry, lounge chair use and washrooms/shower use.
Daily prices range from €20 and up for a full day. Half day prices start around €17. You can also come and go as you please throughout the day.
Towels: start around €6
Food and drinks
Food and drinks are not included in your entry fee. You can choose to sit at a shaded table or have your meal brought to you.
Most private beaches do not allow their guests to eat outside food on the premises. We brought a picnic lunch and just walked a little further on the beach to eat.
Most private beaches offer lockers or a safe place to store valuable items. We were mostly concerned of someone running off with our camera while we were in the sea.
We actually didn’t even utilise the lockers, just kept our bags under our chairs and felt that was a safe enough option. *Use your judgment: the beach was fairly quiet as it was mid-September and the weather was mostly overcast.
Many of the private beaches host events and parties in the warmer summer months. If you’re looking for a party, these events are the place to be! If you’re looking for someone a little more calm, keep walking the Promenade des Anglais for a more relaxing location.
Where are you favourite beaches? Have you spent a day as a beach bum in Nice?