Running from Antibes Sailing Club down to the beginning of Cap d’Antibes, this laid-back beach has lovely soft white sand and stunning views back over the Old Town and the Alps. Like neighbouring Plage du Ponteil, this beach gets packed in the summer and is busy well into the long twilight hours with volleyball games, music and picnics.
This entire stretch of beach is public, making it a rarity on Riviera beaches. Anywhere you see free is yours to occupy and you’ll find everyone brings their umbrellas and beach chairs along, making it a rustic free-for-all.
It is a lovely white sand beach with great views and basic facilities but lacks a little of the atmosphere of its neighbour, Plage du Ponteil. However, the sand quality seems softer and whiter on this beach, there are fewer rocks in the water, and it seems a little easier to find a spot to lay your towel in high summer. There are free public toilets on the far side of the Sailing Club building, and open-air showers on the edge of the water.
Off-season this beach does get lovely sun in the winter, but isn’t quite as well protected as the lovely sun-trap on neighbouring Plage du Ponteil. Through the winter months, the council rarely removes the seaweed and debris that rolls in with the winter storms so while you’ll still be able to find stretches of lovely soft sand, you’ll find this beach does get quite full of sticks, logs and seaweed. On the bright side, it’s a lovely spot for a dog-walk on a cool winter’s day.
Dogs: From mid-April until the 1st of October, dogs are ostensibly forbidden on these beaches between 6am and midnight due to the crowds. However, you’ll find that on wet or windy days or early in the morning the locals still walk their dogs there anyway.
Whatever you do, pick your dog mess up: it’s illegal not to, and anyway, no-one wants to step in dog surprises at the beach. You will still find many French people bucking the law to pick up (and other French people chasing them and yelling at them, which is very amusing) so keep your eyes peeled.
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