The most exotic beaches on the French Riviera

If you already know about the hidden destinations on the French Riviera, I’m sure you’ll be interested in what else this beautiful place can offer. The coast of France is dotted with beaches and resorts of various degrees of popularity, and naturally, the most exotic ones are usually also the best known ones. The exotic atmosphere of tropical islands can be found north of the tropics as well. If you didn’t suspect that a trip to the Cote d’Azur would entail (figuratively) teleporting you to an exotic islands, think again, because here’s a list of the most exotic beaches on the French Riviera.

Plage de la Buse, Roquebrune

Plage de la Buse is not your usual sandy beach, it is quite rocky and all the better for it – you might as well be on some southern Greek island (not tropical, but it feels very close to it). The beach is considered to be extremely romantic, and thus it is popular with young couples. The beach is lined with elegant villas and sweet-smelling gardens, and it’s not unusual to see a hiker or two wandering near the beach, as there’s a great hiking trails nearby.

Plage de Notre Dame, Ile de Porquerolles

Plage de Notre Dame has the best view of all beaches on the Riviera. It is located on the small island of Porquerolles, which is covered in pine and eucalyptus, the smell of which often wafts down to the beach as well. Although the beach is popular with tourists, the island itself is rather quiet with few cars and great scenery.

Plage de la Garoupe, Cap d’Antinbes

Plage de la Garoupe is both budget-friendly, and perfect for families with children. The water near the beach is shallow and it is sheltered from the wind. There are several sections on the beach, two of which are non-paying, but it’s worth paying the entry fee to the other sections because they are much more interesting.

Plage de l’Estagnol, Bormes les Mimosas

This beach is not only popular with singles, couples and families, but even the presidential family sometimes have been known to lounge on a beach very near Plage de l’Estagnol. The cove of Plage de l’Estagnol is sandy and bright, fringed with pines. The water is clean and shallow, and there are some great restaurants on the beach.

Monte Carlo Beach

Ironically, the main beach of Monte Carlo is actually located in France, but shares the excessive glamor of Monte Carlo. Naturally, this is the most sparkling (literally and figuratively), elegant and simply posh beach on the Riviera. You can enjoy the glitz on several public sections, but like everything in Monaco’s vicinity, the rest will cost you, but what else can you expect from one of the most exotic beaches on the French Riviera?

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