The Boulevard at 10 a. m. on an August morning. On the right, almost invisible, are private/pay beaches, but there are three public beaches too that are neither roofed nor parasoled over.
The essential, minimum walk for any new visitor to Cannes is along the ‘shore’ from below Le Suquet hill (beside the Town Hall/Mairie and the old port where all the new mega yachts congregate), along Promenade de la Pantiero (where there are two large underground car parks) to the Casino and Festival Hall (aka Palais des Festivals et des Congrés). Blvd de la Croisette starts at the Casino but you could usefully turn right immediately before the Casino to check out the awesome super yachts parked along there.
After this diversion head back to the Festival Hall for a photo opportunity on the red carpet or with film star cardboard cutouts in the little park just past the Festival Hall. This area also offers a few kiddie activities such as a carousel (see below) and plenty of snacks. This is the start of the main beach section to the right or luxury shops and hotels to the left
The best public beaches are at the start or end of the bay as the middle section is occupied by private or pay beaches and restaurants.
Don’t miss the 10pm fireworks displays in the summertime!
A lovely, longer walk would take in the whole length of the Cannes shoreline from the west side beaches, past the port to the Pointe de la Croisette (photo at bottom of the page).
A return route could be along the small shopping streets one block parallel to La Croisette, Rue d’Antibes/Felix Faure. Felix Faure also offers a little cinema (des Arcades) showing films in English, a McDonalds, boule courts and sometimes markets.
The last walk we can recommend which may be particularly nice in the evening would be up Le Suquet’s winding little pedestrian street to the best Cannes viewpoint on the top. Then on the way back consider trying one of the tiny restaurants/bars on your way back, or save yourself for the magnificent oyster/seafood restaurant at the bottom of the street.
A small wedding on the Carlton Hotel private beach, with Blvd. de la Croisette behind the action.