Monaco may be tiny, but for a country that measures just over two square kilometres, it has an incredible number of excellent beaches all within walking distance of our rental properties.
Perhaps the most famous of all is Larvotto Beach, which is regularly cited as one of the most beautiful and glamorous beaches in the world. Situated between the Grimaldi Forum and Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, the stretch of fine pebbles is fringed by some fantastic restaurants and bars, and there are even some wooden playthings and volleyball nets to keep children of all ages amused.
For keen swimmers, the biggest plus point of this beach is the huge net, which keeps jellyfish at bay. It is also remarkably clean, with bulldozer-like machines flattening the beach every morning.
Whilst much of Larvotto Beach is open to the public, parts of it are private, like the exclusive Monte Carlo Beach, located at the western end of the bay. This beach is attached to the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel and Club, which also has its own salt-water swimming pool. The hotel offers daily rates for access to the private beach and its poolside organic beach restaurant, Les Cabanas.
However, for those of you who would rather opt for a free swim, there is a rarely visited stony beach just along the coast, which remains uncrowded even at the height of summer. Accessed by the road, directly after Le Sporting Monte Carlo, this public beach is perfect for a quick tip any time over the summer months.
Another public beach that tends only to be frequented by those in the know is a small pebbly beach almost directly under the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco-Ville. The beach is accessed by a set of steps from the Quai des Pecheurs, at the end of the Old Port.
For residents or visitors renting an apartment in Fontvieille, the most accessible beach is Plage Marquet, which is actually situated just over the French border in Cap d’Ail. Here you will find a large area of public beach, with a couple of restaurants.
Another beach in Cap d’Ail is the charming Plage Mala, which is accessed either by climbing down a number of steps from the centre of Cap d’Ail or clambering around the rocks from the railway station. Either way, it’s worth the trek. There are two private beach clubs here, as well as a stretch of public beach.