GET YOUR FEET WET!
If you're like me and want a refreshing reprieve to escape Nice's masses huddled along the Promenade des Anglais, and the ever-present toxic fumes from diesel fueled cars in nonstop traffic, St. Laurent du Var is 5 minutes from Nice and a great place for windsurfing. Other recommended places for windsurfing is Estérel, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and the Lérins Islands.
If you?re into ocean canoe kayaking or rowing, the best places are: Antibes, Mandelieu, St-Laurent-du-Var and Cannes. Rowing at Villefranche sur Mer, Mandelieu, Monaco and Menton.
For motorized water activities (Jet-skiing, Water-skiing, parachute rides, etc) things get a little tricky. The driver of any craft with an engine more powerful than 6CV needs a license. If you have a license from a country outside of France, it should be ok but check this out anyway, just in case!
For scuba diving: contact the Comité Départemental de Plongée (Alpes-Maritimes) Tel: 04 93 61 26 07
Equipment: Equipment rentals (windsurfing, canoes, kayaks and boats) and advice/information are available at one of the many sailing centers (Stations Voiles).
OH. Take note of the flags on the beach! GREEN means it's pretty safe and there's a lifeguard somewhere (hopefully), ORANGE means it's dangerous but there's a lifeguard somewhere (maybe). YELLOW means that the water is POLLUTED so please, definitely ask someone about the flag colors if you're color blind!!!!
If you don't happen to see a game or 10 of "Petanque," a sort of marble game gone radioactive -- you aren't paying much attention to your surroundings. Normally, you see it all over the south of France. While I've only seen little old men play it in public, I think it's really fun to play (and I'm definitely not a man nor old) particularly while drinking a tasty alcoholic beverage. Any tasty alcoholic beverage will do for me, but many tend to prefer drinking "pastis" the French version of ouzo, a yummy licorice flavored melt in your mouth licqueur while playing this funky french game.
Equipment: Check out this site which will tell you everything you need to know about Petanque. i'm sorry, but i'm way too lazy to do this myself. http://www.petanque.org/ oh! i find that petanque sets are pretty cheap in france and makes a fun gift. of course it's way HEAVY so be prepared for some body building while lugging around your purchase.
Tour du Mont Boron
on the forest road of the Boron go up to find on the left the starter of the path which leads to the summit plate; a panoramic covered way (Bellevue Corniche) makes it possible to go round the fortress of the navy (191 m). The descent is carried out by "the chemin de Crêtes" whose broad staircases lead comfortably to "la basse Corniche": Attention while crossing this busy main road (right of way over secondary road on you right upstream). To complete the course while going down by "le chemin Tordu" of the Mont Boron (escalier, then alley).
Equipment: A good pair of sneakers and a bottle of water.
Bowling is so fun!!! And, YES, you can go bowling in Nice!!! Bring along all your friends and family! If you don't like bowling, you can still play pool...
INFO: 30 pistes - Proshop - Billards - Jeux. OPEN HOURS: Everyday from 11 AM to 2h30 AM. Weekends and holidays from 10 AM to 2h30.
PRICE: It depends on the time you arrive. I've been on a Saturday afternoon and I paid around 4 Euros (each person) for the "partie" and 2 Euros (I'm not sure though) for the shoes.
Equipment: If you are a professional bowler, I guess I'd recomend you bring your own bowling ball and special pair of shoes.
Inline cruising the Med
Cruise along the blue Med on inlines as palm trees roll by, a great way to fly. Soak in the evening sun as you go westwards.
The right gear for inlines
Equipment: I usually go sports travelling with my pair of demountable inlines. They are not heavy at all, but booted up rather high. The wheel frames are sturdy and easily transportable.
Biking, roller-blading, jogging
The Promenade des Anglais" along the sea, is the best way to enjoy a training run in Nice.
Equipment: Bicycle and/or pair of roller blades and a pair of good sneakers.