When you look at the crowds of people that head to the beach in Nice every day, you think… people must really love the water here to suffer through that rock beach!
Seriously, it’s treacherous and not comfortable at all! The beach is truly all rocks… the only sand to be found is a few spots here and there that are man-maintained. And, to top it off, the tide is so strong that it is a vertical drop into (and out of) the water. NO ONE gets into this water gracefully. It is really difficult, and it hurts your feet (and your pride if you care about that sort of thing).
Rather than find a free spot to spread a towel on the rocks, David and I chose to pay for one of the private beaches along the Promenade Des Angles. On our first day, we chose the Opera Plage, which was lovely. But we wanted to try the beach directly outside of our hotel, the Castel Plage. It didn’t look quite as nice, but we saw that they extended the mats close to the water and had a rope to help you get in and out. I was sold!
The Castel Plage cost about 13 Euros each for a half day, and it was totally worth it. The lounge chairs were comfortable, and had umbrellas to shade us when we needed it. And yes, the rope and mat made it MUCH easier to get in and out of the water.
The Castel Plage was the perfect choice for us and we really enjoyed our half day there swimming and reading and relaxing.