The first beach on Boulevard du Midi, just west of the port, at 9 am on an August morning, including a group of oldies doing an aqua gym workout.
Cannes West Side Beaches
Plage du Midi and Plage La Bocca
Midi and La Bocca beaches are west of the port/marina, around the corner below Le Suquet hill. It’s partly crammed with pay loungers and small beach café restaurants, but these are popular with locals as they serve better food at better prices in an arguably better atmosphere than La Croisette beaches – and, for that matter, better than Nice beach restaurants too.
Another stretch of Cannes’ Midi beach, but this one hosting several excellent, good value, toes-in-the-sand beach restaurants.
A typical beach restaurant in action early in the season on Plage du Midi.
Alternative beaches to go
And if Cannes beaches are too stuffed or difficult to get to/park at, head 22 kms east to Nice’s lengthy pebbly beaches or 20km south west to the horseshoe cove of Plage d’Agay which has plenty of space though parking on the road is limited. The sand is coarse but the beach is attractive, the ambience tranquil and families feel at home. There are some shops and cafés beside the road through the village.
Alternatively Frejus Plage is another kid-friendly beach just 5kms further than Agay and though small is sheltered, coated with fine sand and offers cafés and kiddie stuff. Again, parking is limited so get there early.