Monte Carlo Beaches and Coastline
Monte Carlo is but a few minutes’ drive from both the French and Italian Rivieras. From Monte Carlo, you can see the Mediterranean, ski slopes on the Alps and mediaeval French villages – so there’s no shortage of attractions to keep you busy in between visiting the Monte Carlo casinos.
Monte Carlo and its surrounds provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities, including skiing, water sports, catamaran trips, yachting and swimming in the Mediterranean. You can also choose to take a Mediterranean cruise, and dine while enjoying the sights.
Monte Carlo Beaches
You can swim at one of Monaco’s two beaches. Alternatively, you can choose to swim at the Stade Nautique Rainier III, an Olympic-sized outdoor pool located at Monte Carlo’s Port of Cap d’Ail.
Just outside the border of Monte Carlo, the Monte Carlo Beach Club adjoins the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. The beach club, where Princess Grace used to greet friends, has two large pools – including one for children, a restaurant, café and bar, and cabanas. An admission charge of 50€ to 75€ ($65-$98), depending on the season, gives you access to changing rooms, toilets, restaurants and bar, and use of a mattress for sunbathing. A day’s use of a cubicle costs an extra 18€ to 25€ ($23-$33), and 147€ ($191) will get you a day’s use of a private cabana. The beach closes for winter in late August.
Another popular Monte Carlo beach where you can swim and sunbathe is the Plage de Larvotto, off avenue Princesse-Grace. Some areas are private, but there’s no charge to enter other parts of the beach. The beach is regularly replenished with sand hauled in by barge.
Watching the Yachts
Monaco’s ports, including Monte Carlo’s Port of Cap d’Ail, the Port Hercule and the Port of Fontvielle, are worth a visit even if you plan to stay land-bound. A popular option is to have a drink by the waterside at Port Hercule, which typically hosts some of the world’s largest and most elegant yachts, and is a terminus for many Mediterranean cruises.
Scenic Coastal Drives
There are several scenic drives you can choose to do along the spectacular coastline surrounding Monte Carlo. The A8 runs west from Monte Carlo to Nice and Marseilles, and east towards the Italian border. Also worth driving for spectacular views of the coastline are the Basse Corniche (Low Coast-Road – Highway 98) along the sea, the Moyenne Corniche (Middle Coast Road – Highway 7) going through Eze-Village, and the Grande Corniche (Great Coast Road) going through La Turbie and Col d’Eze (Eze Pass).
As well as visiting the Monte Carlo beaches, you can choose to make a day of sunbathing and swimming at nearby beaches in Nice and along the French Riviera.