Monaco Beach, Larvotto

Monaco beach statue, Larvotto beaches.

Monaco beach: Access to Larvotto is 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.

Is Monaco beach 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.

Monaco beach in summer with families.

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.

The public beach – on the left –  is certainly comfortable enough and well supplied with bars, restaurants, ice creams and showers and toilets at the back under the promenade.

Monaco beach, expensive restaurant

But if you want to flash your stash or fling your bling then this would be a good choice.

Monaco beach, Larvotto kid's playground

And at the far end is a kid’s playground, hardly in use in September.

Monaco beach, stinger net and bathers

Three hedge fund managers taking a well-protected, tax-free dip behind stinger nets.