Larvotto Plage is the main beach in Monaco. Located on the eastern edge of the Principality, it is a purpose built facility with changing rooms, restrooms, restaurants, cafes, shops and childrens play areas lining the crescent-shaped beach.
It has tiny uniform pebbles that could not quite be called a sandy beach but it is a far cry from the rocky pebbles of neighbouring Nice.
Situated in the glamorous Principality you might be forgiven for expecting high prices, private beach clubs and exclusivity but on the contrary, Monaco beach is a relaxed, friendly, family environment with a range of restaurants to suit every budget.
beach club has been serving Larvotto plage clients for 35 years. They offer a mid range menu with simple salads, pizzas and pastas and it has a relaxed laid back atmosphere that is perfectly suited to large family groups.
Le Note Blue
, next door, is a slightly more upmarket affair offering a fusion menu, live music and stylish surroundings with regular live Monte Carlo radio broadcasts.
La Roses des Ventes
, on the western edge of Larvotto beach, offers traditional Monagasgue and Italian food in an atmosphere that it promises is "hip and refined".
There are plenty of little snack shacks and ice cream parlours if you just need something quick and easy without getting involved in a big sit-down meal. These are perfect options for visitors who don't want to opt for the beach clubs and just want to laze on the open beach.
There can often be a misunderstanding for foreign visitors who hear the phrases 'public' and 'private' beach. Many people mistakenly believe that there is a charge for the private beach. All the beaches in France and Monaco are public. You can use any part of the sea front that you like. The private beach clubs differ by simply offering the comfort of sunbeds, parasols, play areas for children, massage therapies for adults, dining, bar and restroom facilities. You can choose to use any part of their service, all with individual rates or prices, or none.
Monaco beach is just the same, it has a nice mix of welcoming beach clubs fronting onto the large sweep of the entirely public beach. The sea is a gentle cove shape that offers sheltered swimming for young children and, if there is a threat of jelly fish, will be protected with special nets.
It also forms a natural shelter for local fish and there are piers and rocks from which to watch the shimmering silver locals.
There is a tree-shaded childrens play area, a wide raised esplanade for walkers, skaters and bike riders, a beach-front gym for more activity fuelled antics as well as underground parking to complete the picture. As with many things in Monaco it is an area that is purposely designed and purposely designed to be used and enjoyed by everyone.
Larvotto plage is not just a daytime affair. By night Grimaldi Forum
, the beach front hotels and Avenue Princesse Grace play host to some of the hottest night spots in the Principality including world renowned Jimmyz night club
and Sass Café
This too is not an entirely adult affair and the nearby Ni Box is a purpose built facility that offers a range of activities for younger children and teenagers from bowling, arcade games and a special nightclub themed area for teenagers from 14 to 17.
Every age, every hour, every taste, every budget is catered to.