Nestled on the picturesque coastline of the French Riviera, Paloma Beach offers a serene escape from the bustling tourist spots, drawing visitors with its stunning landscape and tranquil waters. As an avid explorer of the Riviera’s hidden gems, I’ve been captivated by the unique charm of this hidden beach, a destination that combines natural beauty with a touch of exclusivity.

Why Paloma Beach Stands Out

Unmatched Scenery and Serenity

Paloma Beach is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and pebble-lined shore, set against a backdrop of lush greenery. The beach’s eastward orientation provides a breathtaking view of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, making it a photographer’s paradise at sunrise.

Exclusive Yet Welcoming Atmosphere

While Paloma Beach exudes an air of exclusivity, it remains welcoming to all visitors. Part of the beach is privately managed, offering luxurious sunbed rentals, top-notch dining options, and various water sports activities. However, there’s also a public section where you can lay your towel and enjoy the Riviera sun at no cost.

A Favorite Among Celebrities and Locals

Its reputation as a secluded spot frequented by celebrities adds to the allure of Paloma Beach. Despite this, it has managed to maintain a low-key and relaxed atmosphere, cherished by both international visitors and locals alike.

Planning Your Visit 

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to enjoy Paloma Beach is during the late spring to early autumn months, from May to September, when the weather is warm, and the sea is inviting. To avoid the crowds, consider visiting on weekdays or arriving early in the morning.

Getting There

Located on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, Paloma Beach is accessible by car, with parking available nearby. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Nice or Monaco, which offers a scenic route along the coast.

What to Bring

For a day at Paloma Beach, pack sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water. If you’re planning to use the public beach, bring a beach towel or a mat. Snorkeling gear is also recommended to explore the vibrant marine life just off the shore.

Getting there

From Nice:

To reach Paloma Beach from Nice, you have several convenient options. By car, the journey takes about 30 minutes via the Basse Corniche (D6098), offering stunning coastal views along the way. Start from the Promenade des Anglais, follow the signage towards Villefranche-sur-Mer, and continue along the coast until you reach Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Look for signs directing you to Paloma Beach as you navigate the peninsula. For those preferring public transport, the bus line 15 from Nice’s city center to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is a budget-friendly and scenic option. Get off at the ‘Passable’ stop and enjoy a short, picturesque walk to the beach.

From Monaco:

Monaco, located just a stone’s throw away from Paloma Beach, offers a quick and scenic route. By car, the drive takes approximately 20 minutes via the Moyenne Corniche (D6007), known for its breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. Head towards Beaulieu-sur-Mer before turning onto the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, and follow the signs to Paloma Beach. Alternatively, the bus line 100 from Monaco to Nice provides a convenient stop in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, from where you can catch a connecting bus to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat or enjoy a leisurely walk to the beach.

Both routes not only lead you to the serene beauty of Paloma Beach but also offer a glimpse into the picturesque landscapes and charming towns of the French Riviera. Whether you’re coming from Nice or Monaco, the journey is part of the experience, setting the stage for a memorable day at one of the Riviera’s most beautiful beaches.

Questions others have asked me

  • Is there an entrance fee for Paloma Beach?
    • There’s no entrance fee for the public section of the beach. However, the private part charges for sunbeds and other amenities.
  • Are there restaurants near Paloma Beach?
    • Yes, there’s a renowned restaurant on the private section offering Mediterranean cuisine with a view of the sea.
  • Can I rent water sports equipment at Paloma Beach?
    • Water sports equipment, including paddleboards and kayaks, can be rented at the beach.

Paloma Beach embodies the essence of the French Riviera’s understated elegance and natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful day by the sea or an exclusive beach experience, Paloma Beach offers a blend of both, making it a must-visit destination on your Riviera itinerary.

For more insights and travel tips on the French Riviera, including how to navigate its hidden treasures and make the most of your visit, check out my travel guides and reviews. Discovering Paloma Beach is just the beginning of what the Riviera has to offer. Join me in exploring more of its enchanting locales, where the blend of natural beauty and luxurious comfort creates unforgettable vacation experiences.

About the Author

I am Mehdi Ramzi, the founder of the blog "Hello French Riviera", dedicated to the French Riviera. I am passionate about this region and I share my knowledge about the activities, places and events not to be missed. I am also an avid surfer and chess player. I am a big fan of Arsenal and I am passionate about technology. I combine my passion for the French Riviera and technology by running this blog.

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