Probably the most popular beach in Antibes, Plage du Ponteil is located on the long stretch of beach running from the Antibes ramparts around to the rocky Cap d’Antibes. With soft white sand, clear shallow waters, a lifeguard station, and a palm-lined promenade with a playground for the kids, this is a big favourite with families.
Top Tip: there are a few stairs leading down to the beach from the promenade, so if you’ve got little toddlers obsessed with climbing stairs and you’re not keen on stair supervision duty, walk a little further along to the neighbouring beach, Plage Salis.
In between the two beaches, there's a sailing school where kids can have lessons, or you can hire paddleboards and kayaks from here as well. There’s also a small watersports operator with inflatables such as banana boats near the Royal Beach Club, and there are beach volleyball games in the late afternoon.
There’s fairly good access as it’s only a 10-15 minute walk from the Old Town, and there’s a medium-sized carpark just behind the beach. Just across the road you’ll find shops, including a small Casino supermarket for picnic supplies, and a newsagent selling lots of beach equipment, including lilos, beach balls and even a few swimsuits. If you don’t feel like a picnic, there’s a stretch of restaurants and cafes just across the road, or you could enjoy a lovely modern Italian lunch overlooking the water at Royal Beach club, where customers can hire pedalos with waterslides for the kids.
There are toilets at intervals along the beach, showers along the waterline, and there’s disabled access down to the water and assistance offered at a ‘Handiplage’ down by the lifeguard station.
Cons: it does get busy in summer, so get there early. The water is normally very calm but it’s not as sheltered as Plage de la Gravette and can get a bit choppy in certain winds. There’s a busy road and car park behind the beach so supervision of younger children at all times is a must.