Go to the beach at night. It...
Go to the beach at night. It is BEAUTIFUL!!
Also go to the beach during the day. It's a bit ROCKy, but it's a beach nonetheless! And make sure to find time and go play beach volleyball! Staying up all night and seeing the sunrise.
Take a stone as a souvenir
Take a stone (we call them "galet" here) as a souvenir (no sandy beaches in Nice). Just be careful where you put your hands because you might find some pieces of bottle glass or dog crap...
ADDRESS: All along la Promenade des Anglais.
When to Visit
The biggest crowds in Nice are during the months of July and August when it might appear that all of Europe as well as half the rest of the world is visiting there. May and September are probably the best times of the year to tour around the Riviera.
Boat trips from the Port of Nice
In high season there are several boat trips worth considering - the best are probably the short trip to Monaco, and of course in the other direction, to the glamorous but not easily accessible St Tropez. There are also frequent cruises along the coast, for the less adventurous...
Expect to pay around 53 euro for the daytrip St Tropez. Its not cheap, but its a great experience, and you can't get easily get to St Tropez any other way as there are no direct buses from Nice and the famous town has no rail connection.
The all-important daytrip boats tend to fill up quickly, so book tickets in advance. They start to leave around nine o'clock, but unless you want to stand for two hours, arrive a lot earlier! In both directions you will be regailed with the captain's commentary on the fabulous history and coastal villas of the rich and famous, and the view from the sea gives you unique access.
The Wal-Mart of France
I tend to think everyone knows about Carrefour and then I'm amazed when I talk to someone who doesn't. Carrefour is one of the largest retailers in the world and their stores are roughly equivalent to the an American Super Wal-Mart...well, except that, since you're in France, there are real butchers in the meat section, they have enormous seafood sections, the wine section is larger than most wine shops in the States, and the cheese section is better stocked than any cheese shop I've ever seen in the States.
Don't expect personalized, fawning customer service, but you can find almost anything you need for your trip but forgot to bring along. We often go there to buy toiletries, snacks for the road, and even cheap clothing. It's fun to go there and people-watch even if you don't want to buy anything.
There are two Carrefours in Nice:
(1) Rue de la Roquebiliere, Centre commercial TNL
This one is located near the Acropolis Convention Center, easily accessible on foot or by bus.
(2) Route de Digne - RN 202, Centre commercial Lingostiere
This is about 10 miles north of the airport. This Carrefour offers gasoline at good prices.
There are also Carrefours in Antibes and Monaco:
Chemin de Saint-Claude, Antibes
This one has a lot of English signage if you don't speak French.
Avenue du Prince Hereditaire Albert, Fontvieille, Monaco
This store is located in a large shopping mall right at the central transfer point for all the bus lines in Monaco.