Just as in Nice, the beaches in Cannes can be divided into public and private, and both are charming in their own ways. Private ones have all the amenities (lockers, sun loungers, waiter service) and are closest to La Croisette, where all the major hotels have their own beach. They come at a cost, though. The public spots are natural and more basic, but some have showers and restaurants close by. Here’s our pick of the best, although it really does depend on what kind of day you want to have.
Carlton Beach (private)
All of the major hotels along the Croisette have their own private beaches (like the Martinez, or the Marriott) and the beach at the Hotel Carlton is no exception. Offering loungers, waiter service, great food and drink, as well as lockers (to keep your valuables safe) and showers, it’s a great option. It’s also incredibly central. These beaches are more built-up with tables, chairs and floats, so they might not be as pretty on first glance, but the water is perfect and the beaches clean. You’ll have to pay to use these beaches (if you aren’t a guest) but for many people, the convenience is worth it.
Long Beach (private)
Long Beach, run by the Hotel Marriott, is another great option. Again, it is really built up but a great place to watch the world go by. There’s lots going on and it’s very pretty in a “centre of town” sort of way.
Plage de la Bocca (public)
Plage de la Bocca is one of the favourite public beaches. It’s further west around the bay from the Croisette, close to the airport, but don’t let that put you off. It has lovely sandy beaches and is popular with younger families.
Plage du Midi (public)
On the western side of Cannes, just after the old neighbourhood of Le Suquet, the Plage du Midi is a popular public beach. You can find some restaurants and ice cream vendors and it has a nice friendly vibe to it.
Palm Beach (public)
Palm Beach is at the tip of the headland (the Pointe Croisette) so it isn’t on La Croisette. It’s a quiet beach and a good option for kids. It’s also great to watch the kite surfers a little further out to sea or the boats coming and going into harbour. It looks out onto the Island of Sainte Marguerite. This beach is a very natural, pretty spot to take a picnic and go low-key.