South of the main Juan le Pins beach along the winding road to the Cap are many small sandy bays and beaches that allow you to escape from the bar/restaurant and sunbeds. Fragments of WWII fortifications remain in the water, forming sheltered areas, and the beach is sandy and favoured by those in the know.
From here you can follow the coastal route around the Cap, passing Jack Warner's former Villa Aujourd Hui, as far as the Napoleon Museum, then wander inland past the many sumptuous villas that line the boulevard John F Kennedy and Bd Francois Mitterand direct to Antibes, or ahead to the eastern coast luxury resort of the Plage de la Garoupe for snack, drinks and fiercly expensive sun beds that serve the guests of nearby luxury hotels.
There is a sentier littoral which winds around the southern tip below to Roman Abramovich's Chateau de la Croe and its neighbour the villa and estate of Eileroc bequeathed to the municipality of Antibes (open Tues/ Weds only not at all July or August) Other marvels include the former villa of Jules Verne where he wrote "20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea" (under redevelopment) and another Russian oligarch, Boris Berezovsky's estate Chatea de la Garoupe. Polish up your Russian here!.
We visited Cannes for an afternoon - just 10 minutes drive away, and enjoyed people watching (me) and car spotting (the boyfriend)
While I didn't spot anyone famous I did see plenty of fashion disasters and a couple of dogs with sun visors on. Bless!...!?!?!?
A stroll around the Marina is nice too - there's plenty of money floating there thats for sure!
It's ceratinly worth a trip.
During your stay in Juan-les-Pins you will enjoy visiting:
- Nice sandy beaches;
- Promenade du Soleil;
- Boat trip to the Lerins Islands;
- The Jardin Thuret;
- in June: International Festival of Young Soloists;
- in the beginning of July: Music at the Heart of Antibes (at Villa Eilenroc in the heart of Cap d'Antibes);
- in Mid-July: International Jazz Festival (in 2005 it will be July 14 – 24)
The places of interest in Antibes area are:
- the Château Grimaldi with Picasso Museum;
- Vielle Ville, the old town;
- the Fort Carré and port Vauban
On the Cap d’Antibes:
- The Jardin Thuret;
- La Garoupe Chapel and Lighthouse;
- Naval and Napoleon Museum (a really knock-out view from the tower).
Delightfully situated, Juan-les-Pins is a charming seaside resort on the Côte d'Azur (Azure Coast). Aside from its sandy beaches, the town offers a marina, a casino, several museums and a world-famous jazz festival.
The world heard about the area first time almost two hundred years ago. On March 1st 1815 Napoleon landed on the beach of Golfe Juan returning from his island of Elba’s exile. But Juan-les-Pins remained a sleepy fishing village on the shores of the Juan Bay for another hundred years or so (the tall longleaf pines common on the peninsula added suffix to the settlement’s name).
The beach resort first achieved real fame in the 1920s bringing visitors from all over the world, especially America: Scott Fitzgerald, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolf Valentino, to name a few. In the newly fashionable Juan-les-Pins, it was jazz music that was heard at the casino, in the luxury hotels and in the clubs.
First came Cole Porter who stayed on the Cap in 1922. Sidney Bechet and his Old Colombier line-up came to visit, Claude Luter and Maxim Saury in the lead. Nowadays Festival International de Jazz is held in mid-July for 10 to 12 days, attracting jazz masters and their fans. Concerts are presented within a temporary stadium custom-built for the event within Le Parc de la Pinède (tickets range from €18 to €30).
Part of the reason people flock here is that the town's beaches actually have sand, unlike many of the other resorts along the French Riviera, which have pebbly beaches. In 1930, the vacationers invented water-ski sport here. Plage de Juan-les-Pins is the town's most central beach. Further south you will find two other public beaches - Plage de la Salis and Plage de la Garoupe. La Salis, on the edge of Le Cap d'Antibes, is our favorite beach in the area.
Of the two kilometres of the shoreline around two thirds are claimed by the beach bar restaurant and Sunbed mafia.
Not cheap, and it is financially reckless to order wine. However many people seem to enjoy this, so it can't be all bad. The one public toilet attached to the public beach was closed, so you may find yourself having to order something in one of these places if nature is calling.
Built in 1870, on the tip of the Cap d'Antibes is the Hotel Eden Roc, the original inspiration for The Hotel des Etrangers in F Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night"
Ultimate luxury league (from 450 euro a night) the 25 acres of grounds of the estate lead to the swimming pool and restaurant. The pool itself is on the waters edge set in the rocks.
Patronised by the very rich and famous for its exclusivity and privacy, the official guest register includes the following:
The Aga Khan
Dino De Laurentiis
Robert De Niro
That enough celebrity for you?
Soft sand is caressing your feet while you walk slowly down into the warm water of the Meditarrenean sea. This is an ideal place for families with little children that want to play with the sand. Other beaches have griddle and sometimes the waves are quite strong. Juan-les-Pins also offers good parking possibilities just on the other side of the railway track. Furhermore is has all facilities necessary, like shops, bistro's, bars, showers and even a small harbour.
One of Parisian artists more easy-to-spot installations graces the Art Deco painted railway bridge at the entrance to Juan les Pins