Welcome to my kind of paradise!  I love the French Riviera so much I’ve visited twice in the past 5 years!  Gorgeous views, friendly people, and great food amount to a vacation for couples, families, and the single traveler!

Accommodations:  A friend and I stayed in the best little apartment in Nice.  Perfect distance from the train to the beach in a safe and quiet complex.  Christophe, the owner, was fantastic.  He and his family made sure our accommodations were set up perfectly and even went out of his way to give us recommendations on things to do in the area.  If you’re planning to stay in Nice and his apartment is available for rent I would definitely recommend staying there. It used to be listed on Homelidays but I couldn’t find the link therefore it may be best to contact him directly.

Nice promenade

Nice promenade

Great promenade along the beach for a spectacular run you’re not likely to forget. If you plan to lay on the beach go to Monaco which has better sand (the sand in Nice is very rocky and not gentle on feet).

Monte Carlo Casino -Explore this famous landmark. The first time I visited Monaco I bypassed the casino due to the price of admission (yes, you pay just to walk in the door even when the casino isn’t open for business) but the second time I made the leap, paid the fee, and was shown around by a long time employee of the casino therefore ended up being well worth the price.  If you want to see the casino but would rather not pay as much be sure to get there before the casino opens in the afternoon (costs more after the doors open for gamblers). We were told we were not allowed to take pictures but silly rules are meant to be broken!


Each city in the area has a different feel so be sure to take the train to Cannes, Menton, and Eze for the unique charm each of the cities possess.