Monday, February 18, 2013

Larvotto Beach Monte-Carlo Monaco

To say that Larvotto Beach in Monte-Carlo is popular would be an understatement.  This extended beach area is where most everyone that lives inside the principality and also some of those that live outside of Monaco come to enjoy their time at one of the four free public beaches and/or even at one of the five private beaches available.

Larvotto beach covers one square mile, which may sound like a lot but it is still one of the busiest beaches around with an abundance of activities to participate in such as volleyball and zumba classes, etc.  This is where people from all types of backgrounds easily and happily play and relax together at the beach. 
One of the many things I love about Larvotto Beach is the spotlessly clean, creamy, man-made sand that goes far into the depths of the water.  Having been to a lot of beaches in my life, right from my first visit I noticed the texture of this sand immediately.

It feels very soft and supple; the granules are not too big and not too small so your feet almost melt right into the sand which makes for an even more relaxing experience lying on it with only your towel or beach mat between you.
To get to Larvotto Beach, just walk along the seafront eastwards towards Italy, the beach starts on the other side of the Grimaldi Forum, if you wanted to take a bus catch the number 4 or 6 from the center of town.
The water at Larvotto Beach is perfectly warm and clear for swimming during the summer months, and you’ll also be surprised by the schools of fish that will swim next to you.  Jellyfish nets are in place around the beach but still be aware of the warnings anywhere in the Cote d’Azur about these tricky creatures.

There are a number of fantastic beach side restaurants around with very large outdoor terraces that also include their own private beach lounge areas that extend to the water’s edge; you will also find snack shops around for your convenience.

If you like to jet ski and go parachute towing, these services can be found on the far west side corner of the beach.
If cruising is your thing, I have found the luckiest area to cruise while at the beach to be the part of Larvotto closest to the Grimaldi Forum, in the area of the beach right off the ramp. 

For myself and from hearing of other friends experiences that have frequented this beach, phone numbers are usually exchanged and are done so very casually, yet discreetly and with a sense of decorum.  This may not be a gay beach but men do check each other out here and there seems to be someone to suit anyone’s taste.

Hit the beach and have fun!

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