For upscale spring break destinations, it’s hard to beat the south of France. And as the capital of the French Riviera, Nice is a resort destination for one main reason: the beaches. Known as the Cote d’Azur for its crystal blue waters, the Riviera also benefits from the warm Mediterranean climate and from the maintenance of the beautiful beaches here.
The beachfront here is divided up into public and private beaches, both of which have their upsides and downsides. Public beaches are free, but can get crowded, particularly in the peak tourist months. Private beaches cost a few euros, but are less crowded and frequently chairs and occasionally towels are provided (though sometimes at an extra cost). For a quieter tanning spot or safer place for children to play, one of these beaches is probably your best bets. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more, too, these beaches can be downright luxurious.
Connecting beaches both public and private is the Promenade des Anglais, a boardwalk that runs for several miles along the shoreline. You can find hotels and cafes all along the Promenade, and can just find a chair to lounge in and read or just enjoy the views. There are also some spectacular architectural marvels along the boardwalk, like the Palais de Mediterranee, which is also a nice place to stop in for a drink or glass of wine.
Of course, there are also boating opportunities galore. Set out in a yacht or sailboat for hire from one of the marinas for an exciting fishing expedition — or a romantic evening on the water. However you choose to explore the Riviera’s azure waters, this is sure to be a spring break you’ll always remember.
[photo courtesy of Carnaval King 08]