10 Best Beach Resorts Near Nice Airport

Updated 7 September 2023 | by Lara McComish

Choose Nice Airport as your gateway to exploring the sublime French Riviera in the South of France


1. Saint-Laurent-du-Var

14 minutes drive from Nice Airport

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Saint-Laurent-Du-Var, South of France
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Enjoy the sun, sea and sophistication of Saint-Laurent-Du-Var. Discover the quaint old village, go fishing with the locals or catch some rays on the palm-lined beach. And the good news? You can be on the beach in 15 minutes from Nice Airport, making it the perfect place to stretch your legs after the flight. 

2. Nice

15 minutes drive from Nice Airport

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Nice in France

Nice is a popular choice for upmarket seaside city breaks in the sun. Blessed with more than 300 sunny days a year, Nice is a French fancy that's attracted couples, families and celebrities for years. Whether you're there for a week or a weekend, there are plenty of things to do in Nice and you can get started in no time by flying into Nice Airport. 


3. Cagnes-sur-Mer

18 minutes drive from Nice Airport

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Cagnes-sur-Mer, South of France

Cagnes-sur-Mer is a charming French Riviera resort located to the west of Nice Airport. Like many South of France destinations, Cagnes-sur-Mer is known for its gorgeous scenery and abundance of seaside charm. Don't stop there though; take the kids to explore miles of lush forest as a break from the beating sun. You can be back on the beautiful pebble beach in minutes once the midday heat has eased off. 


4. Saint-Paul-de-Vence

26 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Stay in Saint-Paul-de-Vence for a calm family holiday centred around French cafe culture and cobbled streets. This rural feeling holiday is based slightly further inland from the beaches of Cagnes-sur-Mer, however you can be there in a stone's throw from Saint-Paul-de-Vence or the main airport. 


5. Vence

26 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Vence is a hilltop market town with great proximity to the beach. Its position perched high over the Cote d'Azur means stays here benefit from unbelievable birdseye views of this world-famous coastline. Nestled comfortably between Nice and the seaside town of Antibes, you'll get the best of all the glamour a short drive from Nice Airport. 


6. Antibes

29 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Antibes is an under-the-radar gem tucked away between Cannes and Nice. Often overlooked for its shinier neighbours, Antibes is a much more rustic stay characterised by the winding streets in its Old Town. On landing at Nice Airport, you'll want to head  to Cap d'Antibes. This beautiful stretch of beach has an authentic lighthouse and plenty of spots for you to step back and enjoy the view. 


7. Cannes

33 minutes drive from Nice Airport

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One to watch, Cannes is a stylish holiday resort famed for its international film festival. Fly into Nice Airport and get this road on the show by visiting its Boulevard de la Croisette, which is sprinkled with a-list sandy beaches. Pop into one of the fashionable boutiques on the same stretch to get you looking red carpet ready.  


8. Villefranche-sur-Mer

35 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming French fishing village which oozes with Niçoise loveliness. Take in the Bay of Villefranche as you walk up and down the short but sweet sandy beach, all under an hour away from Nice Airport. Plonked between Monaco and Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer is also rife for day trip opportunities, if you start to crave the gusto of the city. 


9. Èze

35 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Stay in Eze for a taste of the medieval. This hilltop village is a fortified stronghold which benefits from jaw-dropping sea views everywhere you turn. And you can drive there directly in a short and easy 35-minute drive from local Nice Airport. 


10. Beaulieu-sur-Mer

36 minutes drive from Nice Airport

Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a trendy seaside resort village, a short hop from nearby Nice Airport. It's a small, off-the-beaten-track destination right on the coast but far, far from the crowds. Straddled between Nice and Monaco, you can expect to spend your days in Beaulier on one of the town's two lovely beaches - Plage Petite Afrique and Plage des Fourmis. What a treat! 


Beach resort near Nice Airport 

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14 minutes


Apartments in Nice

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St Paul de Vence

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Apartments in Cannes

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