Beaches -- Beachgoing in Cannes has more to do with exhibitionism than actual swimming. Plage de la Croisette extends between the Vieux Port and the Port Canto. The beaches along this billion-dollar stretch of sand are payante, meaning entrance costs between 15€ to 30€. You don’t need to be a guest of the Martinez, say, to use the beaches associated with a high-end hotel, and Cannes has heaps of buzzing beach clubs dotted around, including sassy 3.14 Beach (; tel. 04-93-94-25-43). Why should you pay an entry fee at all? Well, the fee includes a full day’s use of a mattress, a chaise lounge (the seafront is more pebbly than sandy), and a parasol, as well as easy access to freshwater showers. There are also outdoor restaurants and bars (some with organic menus, others with gourmet burgers and sushi) where no one minds if you dine in your swimsuit. Every beach allows topless bathing. Looking for a free public beach without chaises or parasols? Head for Plage du Midi, just west of the Vieux Port, or Plage Gazagnaire, just east of the Port Canto. Here you’ll find families with children and lots of RV-type vehicles parked nearby.

Boating -- Several companies around Cannes’s Vieux Port rent boats of any size, with or without a crew, for a day, a week, or even longer. An outfit known for short-term rentals of small motorcraft is Boat Evasion, 110 boulevard du Midi(; tel. 06-26-59-10-77). For kayak rental and guided tours of the coastline by canoe, try SeaFirst, place Franklin Roosevelt (

Golf -- Cannes is ringed by 10 golf courses, almost all within a 20-minute drive of the city. The Old Course, 265 route de Golf, Mandelieu (; tel. 04-92-97-32-00), is a leafy gem dating from 1891. Greens fees start at 90€, with big reductions for lunch deals and afternoon tee-offs. The prestigious Royal Mougins Golf Club, 424 av. du Roi, Mougins (; tel. 04-92-92-49-69), also boasts a gourmet restaurant and spa. Greens fees start at 180€, including cart hire; it’s half-price for 9 holes.

Paddleboarding -- Cannes is nothing if not cutting edge. And like the rest of the world, this city has fallen in love with stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Rent your own from Cannes Standup Paddle Location, Plage du Mouré Rouge, bd. Gazagnaire, Palm Beach (; tel. 06-82-17-08-77). Fees start at 12€ per hour.


Tennis -- Some resorts have their own courts. The city of Cannes also maintains 16 synthetic courts and 6 clay-topped ones at the Garden Tennis Club, 99 av. Maurice Chevalier (tel. 04-93-47-29-33). You’ll pay from 13€ to 17€ per hour, plus 3.70€ per hour for floodlights.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.