One of Juan-les-Pins’ many beaches, this one in front of the superb Les Pirates restaurant. Lunch with your feet in the sand!
Visiting Juan Les Pins Beaches
The Juan-Les-Pins and Antibes area (the former is embedded in the latter and known as Antibes-JLP) has been a sun, sand and sea destination since the 1920’s, much favoured by the likes of Picasso, F Scott Fitzgerald and Coco Chanel.
These days the beaches are overstuffed with pay-loungers and restaurants expanding seawards but, nevertheless, the sand is still soft and white, the sea is azure in the right season and space can always be found for a warm body. But isolated it is not, though there is a sizeable public beach at the west (Cannes) end of JLP’s stretch of beaches.
This is fundamentally a pricey place to eat, drink and be merry – day and night (more especially at night), not the spot to bring the family for a picnic on the beach. 10-15 minutes walk away on the Antibes side there are three good-size, sandy public beaches with no private sections at all and kiosks to take care of food and drink needs.
Cap d’Antibes, the notoriously exclusive Antibes peninsula. The town and beaches of of Antibes are out of the picture to the right, Juan-les-Pins beaches are visible in the centre and Golfe Juan marina is on the left. Cannes is further to the left, out of the photo.
Typical Juan-Les-Pins habitués in their natural environment
The urban part of Juan-Les-Pins consists mainly of tree-lined, apartment-packed streets that offers the tourist almost nothing to see or do, whereas greater Antibes encompasses both the walled old town and the famously expensive and lush Cap d’Antibes peninsula (which has a terrific 1/2 hour coastal walk)and quite a few kid-friendly amusements such as Marineland theme park, the most popular kid’s attraction on the Côte d’Azur. Museums include a Picasso, a Naval, a Napoleon and best of all an Absinthe Museum.
Juan-Les-Pins apartment life will be no more tranquil in the summer season than the beach life, though out of season things go dead pretty quickly.
A final shot of the joys of Stalinist architecure in Juan-Les-Pins.
Getting to Juan Les Pins
Rail: Both Antibes and Juan les Pins have train stations on the main Nice-Cannes railway line. Trains from Nice to Juans-les-Pins take less than half an hour and run frequently. ie. two or three per hour. With a lot of luck, the French model railway is broken.
Road: Take the A8 and exit at the Antibes exit (junction 44) and then taking the winding road down to Antibes. It is possible to approach Antibes along the coastal roads (RN98 and RN7) from Cannes and Nice/Cagnes sur Mer. In the summer all these roads will be a drop-dead crawl as thousands of puzzled tourists and maddened French delivery people try to find parking spaces, so go early or very late.
Bus: There is a regular Côte d’Azur bus service (# 200) from Cannes to Nice via Antibes’ Place Charles de Gaulle. Buses also go to Nice Airport, Villeneuve-Loubet, Cagnes-sur-Mer and to Cap 3000, a large shopping centre between Nice airport and Cagnes-sur-Mer.