Plage du Casino, one of Cannes’ free public beaches. This one runs alongside the Festival Hall (Palais des Festivals, visible on the left) and the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.
Why visit Cannes?
Cannesis a small seaside city of historical charm, a resounding name, terrific coastal buildings and sandy beaches (as opposed to Nice’s stoney offering) but, apart from the beautifully maintained and tranquil shore and about three blocks inland, Cannes town is loaded with bad architecture and little of interest.
The main marina hosting a staggering array of mega-million dollar motor yachts is just 70m away and you too can stroll beside them and imagine another life! Maybe the next one. Or stick around for one of the awesome fireworks displays.
Mace Beach below La Croisette, Pay vs. No Pay. See Mace, a prime location, at fireworks time.
The public beach on the right has the added twist that – in the daytime – you can rent a sun lounger or parasol from the local municipality (i. e. Cannes Mairie) at half the price of the private beaches. However, food is not allowed there. These two public but furniture-rentable beaches are called regie municipal. The other one is Plage Zamenhoff, photo below.
The best and most convenient no-pay, public beaches are the three at the start of La Croisette, running from Palais des Festivals, as well as the beach at the far east end, Plage Zamenhoff. Between these there is a mass of restaurant/hotel spaces totally occupying half a kilometre until a short stretch before the bay ends.
On the distant left in the photo is the island of Ile Sainte-Marguerite, accessible by ferry from Cannes’ Quai Laubeuf.
Plage Zamenhoff, ‘regie municipal’ late in the season, looking towards the Festival Hall and Le Suquet.
Zamenhoff beach is at the east end of Cannes’ main bay, next to Porto Canto and near the Parc Croisette underground parking and No. 8 bus stop.