© La Pinede Plage
Plage Epi Hollywood Beach, Juan les Pins
Stretching from the Cafe de la Plage on Boulevard Edouard Baudoin to the Square Franck Jay Gould, this public beach offers one of the widest sections of beach in Juan les Pins.
You will find some popular beach clubs towards the Square Franck Jay Gould end of the beach, including Plage Les Pirates beach club. However, there is also a fair amount of public space on this beach so that you can lay your towel down on the sand without the price tag.
Facilities: There are public toilets or showers at this beach. There are also public pay toilets and a toilet block in the nearby Parc de la Pinede.
Beach Bars & Beachclubs in Antibes
Because this beach is so central to town, you can easily visit a local supermarket to pick up some supplies for a picnic. There are a few restaurants along this beach, including the quite fancy Cap Riviera, which is mentioned in the Michelin Guide, or Le Fregate restaurant at Garden Beach Hotel.
At the far end there are also three beach club restaurants to choose from- Plage Pinede, Plage Richelieu and Plage des Pirates. Plage des Pirates is the classiest of the three.
The beach clubs have showers and toilets for their patrons.
Setting & Location
It’s a narrow strip of beach with buildings built right up against it, even on the sand in places. It enjoys a gorgeous view across the bay to Golfe Juan and the Esterels, while off to your left you can see the superyachts gathered in Port Gallice and the beginning of the villas and pine forests of the wealthy Cap d’Antibes.
Water Safety & Clarity
Juan les Pins, in my experience, tends to have clearer waters than Antibes beaches in mid-summer, although that depends on the prevailing winds. As the two towns are on opposite sides of the Cap, there’s a good chance that if one side of the headland is a bit murky then the other will be clear. However, if you want crystal clear waters and a tranquil day out, then pack a picnic and hop on the short ferry ride over to the stunning Cannes islands, Les Isles de Lerin.
The waters here are generally quite protected and calm, and at least one of the beach clubs has a private lifeguard. (It’s unlikely they’ll let you drown even if you’re a patron of another venue.) The sand slopes away gently into the sea and there’s also a floating pontoon to enter the water from.
Jellyfish: Stingers do sometimes plague Riviera beaches, but luckily some lovely soul maintains a jellyfish alert website, updating recent sightings of jellyfish along the Cote d’Azur. Check it out here - it’s in French, but it’s pretty easy to understand: it has big red jellyfish marked on the map, or green flags where it’s good to swim.
There is paid parking nearby, and a few spots along Parc de la Pinede.
Juan les Pins, Antibes