Lounging on Cannes’ Glamorous Beaches

With over ten beaches dotting its Mediterranean coastline, Cannes spoils visitors for choice with its array of glittering shores. While the waters may shine an azure blue at each one, the sands reveal an array of beach experiences for travelers. Luxury awaits on secluded stretches kept exclusively for hotel guests. Yet public beaches also beckon families, celebrities and locals alike with their gentle waves and vibrant scenes. From small rocky coves to active waterfronts to ritzy private sanctuaries, Cannes reveals itself as more than film festivals and luxury at these top spots perfect for lazy summer days.

Plage du Midi – Known as the “beach of the City Hall”, Plage du Midi spreads invitingly with fine yellow sand, beach clubs and festive energy. As Cannes’ largest public beach, families flock here with children in tow, enthusiastically embracing the warm waters and gentle waves. When the sun bears down, beachgoers can rent lounge chairs or grab a bite at one of the seasonal restaurant-bars like Terrasse Beach and Tropicana Plage.
Location: Near Port Pierre Canto

Plage de la Croisette – No stay in Cannes is complete without strolling down the iconic Boulevard de la Croisette with its row of luxury hotels on one side and the curving Plage de la Croisette beach on the other. It may seem intimidating at first to lay your towel near Cannes’ most elegant address. But all are welcome on this vibrant, centrally located stretch of sand dotted with iconic blue and white striped club chairs. Prepare your phone camera for the Instagram shot of the year with the curved beach and Palais des Festivals both gleaming behind you. Early risers find their spot before beach attendants arrive at 8am to begin renting out mattresses and lounge chairs.
Location: Runs the length of Boulevard de la Croisette in the city center

Plages du Festival – Every summer, Cannes transforms during the International Cannes Film Festival. Red carpet photocalls and outdoor cinemas pop up along these public beaches that sit conveniently across Boulevard de la Croisette from the iconic Palais des Festivals. Even outside festival season, Plages du Festival tempt visitors escaping the traffic and activity from more popular beaches to claim a quiet spot on the sand. Come sunset, grab popcorn, rose wine or crepes from the seasonal vendors and settle in for free cinema under the palm trees and stars.
Location: Blvd de la Croisette from the JW Marriott to the Martinez Hotel

Plage Vegaluna – Sheltered within Cannes’ Old Town, this hidden pebbled beach offers a peaceful escape with views that explain its name. Meaning “Moon Beach” in the Provençal language, Plage Vegaluna seduces visitors with sparkling vistas of Lérins Islands floating on the azure horizon. Dip into the chilly yet tranquil waters or simply lay your beach towel down on the scattered stones to take in stunning panoramas of the tranquil Old Port. Come sundown, the golden light and romantic atmosphere earns its nickname and status as a local favorite off the tourist-filled shores.
Location: Quai Saint Pierre

Z Plage – For a true taste of Riviera luxury, Z Plage beach club dazzles VIP visitors with floating sun beds in a small private cove, resident DJs spinning tunes, and festive beach parties into the night. During the day, young fashionistas flock to the members-only sanctuary to lounge beneath white canopies, rosé champagne flowing freely. The club hosts events throughout the summer, ranging from brunch toperfume workshops to stand-up paddle races. Even those not members should hop on-board a Bain de Soleil boat tour to sneak a peek at the luxury sanctuary that Gatsby himself would approve of.
Location: 49-51 Bd de la Croisette

Plage du Grand Hotel – Since 1863, the iconic Grand Hotel Cannes has welcomed stars, artists and royalty with its celebrated Neoclassical facade and peerless location on La Croisette. Greta Garbo, Orson Welles, Salvador Dalí all frequented this cultural institution and enjoyed privacy in its beachfront cabanas and lounge chairs. Still an exclusive refuge open only to hotel guests, Plage du Grand Hotel pampers visitors today with an elegant setting where uniformed attendants cater to your needs against glittering Mediterranean backdrops. Starting at 100 euros per person, it is expensive but delivers luxurious escapism at its finest directly on Cannes’ shores.
Location: 45 Bd de la Croisette

With ten picturesque stretches of sand dotting its sun-kissed shores, Cannes beach options cater to all – whether you seek lively waterside fun or intimate pampered seclusion. Families play and laugh with children on the public beaches, dotted by cabanas and seasonal restaurants and clubs. Serious luxury awaits those who secure access behind red ropes at hotel beaches like those of the iconic Grand Hotel and Martinez. Wherever you chose to sink your toes, know that the glittering Cannes coastline spoiled for choice, sure to provide visitors their perfect Mediterranean daydream.

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