Nice’s curving collection of beaches is long but pebbly while Cannes’ beaches are sandy. However, Cannes’ best spaces – less so in Nice – are dominated by lengthy private hotel beaches, restaurants or parasol rentals.
Don’t bother hunting for street parking, underground parks are conveniently located and not ridiculously priced. We like Palais Massena near Hotel Negresco, tho’ it’s quite small; under Palais de la Méditerrannée is lots of space but is quite claustrophobic; whatever the one near McDonalds is called is convenient; there’s also a large one under Cours Saleya.
Cannes’ La Croisette is much less busy but still very difficult to park on, though there are several huge underground car parks near the shore.
Nice’s politics are fairly right-wing though this hardly alters the city’s joie de vivre, fine collection of glorious turn-of-the-century buildings, smooth new tram system, extensive bike routes, Velo Bleu self-service rental cycles 24/7 and many more infrastructure improvements underway.