Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's beaches are ideal for peaceful relaxation. Nestling all around the peninsula, they offer a wide range of panoramic views across the sea, the bay of Beaulieu-sur-Mer and the Eze cliffs as well as the famous harbour at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Sunbathers and swimmers can often be found along the paths, around a cove or lying on flat rocks. The five beaches on the peninsula are all open to the public (although two of them have private areas). All have showers and toilets during the summer season. The beaches in Cap-Ferrat are made of fine gravel.
Cros deï Pin (harbour beach)
This was the first beach to be opened. In 1932, the former chef to the famous writer Somerset Maugham was granted ownership of a modest cabin that he turned into a village activity centre every year.
In 1936, he erected a magnificent glass-roofed building which was used as the community centre until 1970. It was demolished to make way for the new harbour.
Right at the heart of the village, this beach is one of the largest on the peninsula. Easily accessible, it is located next to the Water Sports Club and boasts a play area as well as a beach volleyball pitch, giving it a family feel.
Shower - Toilets - Individual lockers - Snacks - Lifeguard and jellyfish nets in summer.
Note: dogs are allowed on a section of the beach. They are not permitted on the other beaches.
Les FossettesLocated below the Jardin de la Paix on the Pointe Saint-Hospice, this is without a doubt the best-preserved and most private beach on the peninsula. Locals enjoy its tranquillity and the seabed teeming with life. Perfect for snorkelling fans!Shower - Toilets - Snacks in summer In 2016 : no lifeguard and jellyfish nets because of the exceptional closure of the underwater trail
Underwater trailLocated at one end of Les Fossettes beach, the underwater trail is designed for swimming along the surface with a mask, snorkel and flippers. Comprising a 200 metre long waymarked trail, in just a few metres of water (0 to 3 metres), you can explore the different habitats (sandy or rocky seabed, Posidonia seagrass etc) to see all the beauty of underwater life for yourself, at your own pace..
A fun and unusual activity!
The underwater trail was not only created due to popular demand from visitors, but also as a fantastic way to learn about the richness of the seabed via numbered buoys fitted with submerged explanatory boards that are accessible for children as well as adults.
Open in July and August. Outside of opening times, users must assume responsibility when using the underwater area.
Les FossesThis is one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula. Located to the south, it offers sunseekers an exceptional backdrop surrounded by villas as well as the former Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat quarry, the starting point for the walking trail. This beach houses the former municipal washhouse, now closed. The seabed is teeming with life, making it ideal for snorkelling.
Shower - Toilets - Lifeguard and jellyfish nets in summer
Public and private beaches
Paloma BeachNestling deep within a haven of greenery, Paloma beach is a real gem! East-facing, it offers uninterrupted views of the cliffs at Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Eze. Very popular due to its unique setting, it is also the start or finish of the Pointe Saint-Hospice trail.
Part of this beach is private: Paloma Beach.
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat's iconic beach was built in 1948 by the architect André Deperi, and was originally frequented by the inhabitants of Nice and a few Americans who enjoyed this little corner of paradise. It has been visited by many famous people such as Matisse, Cocteau, Churchill, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Elton John and Tom Cruise.
Serving Mediterranean cuisine, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Easter to late September. This establishment can be fully privatized, and offers showers, changing rooms, bath towels, deckchairs, beach umbrellas, a bar and a restaurant. It offers activities such as jet skiing, water skiing, paddle boats, kayaking, ski tubing, stand-up paddling...
Chemin de Saint-Hospice
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 93 01 64 71
Activities on this beach: Cap Ferrat Watersports – +33 (0)6 16 67 78 28 – www.capferratwatersports.com
PassableBreathtaking view of the Villefranche harbour This beach is located to the west of the peninsula, enjoying a sunny position. It has an uninterrupted view across Villefranche-sur-Mer harbour. Part of this beach is private: Passable beach
Previously known as Lutétia beach, it was first designed to accommodate guests staying at the Grand-Hôtel which was built on the headland of Cap-Ferrat in 1908. Chef offers gourmet cuisine with a southern feel and Italian inspiration. The establishment can be booked out for fully private events. It is open from Easter to late September, and offers outdoor and indoor showers, changing rooms, bath towels, deckchairs, beach umbrellas, a bar, a restaurant, a shop and massages. Activities available include water skiing, jet ski, kayaking, ski tubing, ...
Chemin de Passable
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 93 76 06 17