Larvotto Beaches Guide, Monaco

Larvotto beaches seen from behind a big bottom, Monaco

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.

Larvotto beach, kids running, Monaco

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.

Larvotto beaches public and private, and buildings behind, Monaco

To pay or not to pay, that is the question.

Larvotto public free beach and buildings behind, Monaco

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

Larvotto beach, expensive restaurant, Monaco

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

Larvotto beach, kid

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

Larvotto beach with three males standing in the water, Monaco

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