Access to Larvotto beaches via the promenade from the Casino. Heading right is the Japanese Garden (1 minute walk), then Casino Square (10 minutes) and on to the port.
Are Monaco beaches worth visiting?
In short, yes.
This page is headed ‘beaches’ as we think this modest stretch of ‘sand’ actually has different names though they are all located in one place, Larvotto, all covered with the same smooth and imported gravel, all connected and all protected by the same stinger barrier and washed by the same water. In other words identical apart from pay loungers and parasols, pay beach vs. public beach.
Kids having no problem with the gravel, though you wouldn’t want to lie on it without a towel, it gets hot, and it probably won’t support a parasol very well.
This rounded gravel is clearly shipped in regularly since it differs from all other beach coverings on the Côte d’Azur. North of Monaco Menton has very small stone beaches, while to the south Villefranche has rough sand while Nice has sizeable pebbles. Better than pebbles definitely, as the gravel has been smoothed, but not as cool or as pretty as sand.
To pay or not to pay, that is the question.