The beach, made up mostly of pebbles that get hot during summer, is split into public sections and “private beaches”. The public sections are freely available to all and get very busy during summer months. A mat or padded roll is recommended to make the experience more comfortable. There is a long beautiful promenade along the top of the beach wall.
Private beaches offer comfortable sun loungers, shades, towels, an at-seat bar service and usually a pretty good restaurant. Most provide decking down to the sea so customers avoid the discomfort of walking on hot rocks.
Private beaches offer more protection from pickpockets. Most hotels offer guests preferential rates with an affiliated private beach.
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audience rating: 3.4 stars from 7 votes - click to vote
This very chic private beach, bar & restaurant is located at the eastern end of Promenade des Anglais, close to the “Chateau on the Hill”.
Castel Plage is a relatively sheltered section of beach, with private decking down to the waters edge, is always popular with the gay crowd.
Expect to pay for sun beds, shades and everything to want to eat and drink, but the service is fast and prices are reasonable. Recommended.
audience rating: 2.9 stars from 22 votes - click to vote
The rocky but beautiful Coco Beach is a popular hangout for gay nudist sun bathers. The beach is located to the East of Nice port and requires a bit of a walk to reach.
From Coco Beach Restaurant, follow the path east for about 10 minutes.
Promenade des Anglais, Nice
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audience rating: 3.6 stars from 5 votes - click to vote
Currently CLOSED (February 2016).
Hi Beach offers an innovative combination of beach, bar and restaurant services. Located below the Promenade des Anglais, just across from High Club.
Hi Beach have loungers and shades sectioned into three themed areas (one for families and two for adults).Guests receive an ‘at seat’ drinks service, can dine in the Hi Beach restaurant, watch TV or access the internet via a WiFi service.
Always popular with the gay community. Sun loungers can be reserved online.
audience rating: 5.0 stars from 8 votes - click to vote
One of the most popular gay/nudist beaches in Cote d’Azur and one of the trickiest to reach. There are no services on the beach, so take your own drinks and snacks.
The beach can be reached by the No. 100 bus service from Nice towards Monaco. Alight at “Parking St Laurent d’Eze”, and follow the signposted trail “Castelleret Inferieur” to the beach. For an even more detailed description, see the review posted by Paul below.
At the beach, turn right, head up the concrete steps and follow the path around to the gay beach area. This is a rocky path, so wear appropriate footwear. The beach (and bus service) is particularly busy during the summer weekends.
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