Juan Les Pins, once the height of fashion in the 1920’s with famous legends such as Coco Chanel, Earnest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald regularly holidaying there.
While St Tropez seems to be the go to holiday destination for celebrities nowadays, with white sandy beaches and nice restaurants and bars Juan Les Pins still has much to offer us mere mortals.
This town is approximately 30-40 minutes from Nice City and even less if you are coming directly from the airport.
How to get there.
The easiest way to get to Juan Les Pins from the airport is by bus. The 250 bus will take you directly from the airport to Juan Les Pins with only a few stops along the way.
If you are coming from Nice City. I recommend going by train. The train will bring you right into the middle of the town and you can absorb the beautiful views along the coast as you travel on the train.
Where to stay.
Juan Les Pins in terms of accommodation is not the cheapest place to stay. There are quite a number of hotels in the area however they can be quite expensive depending on what time of the year you plan to go. My advice is to rent an apartment instead. They are much cheaper and you will probably get better views if you book one next to the beach. Only a small few hotels actually offer ocean views. I stayed a week in Juan Les Pin in a lovely apartment. My favorite part of the holiday was waking up in the morning strolling down to the boulangerie (bakery) for some fresh bread and croissants and sitting out on my balcony for breakfast and watching the beautiful Mediterranean sea.
If you are going to a sea-side resort it is safe to say you will probably want to spend a bit of time on the beach.
There are many private beaches in Juan Les Pins for a fee will offer you a sun lounge and umbrella. Many of these beaches can be quite crowded and busy depending on the time of the year.
If you want to go to one of these private beaches my recommendation is La Plage, which is just next door to Juan Les Pins public beach. Their prices are very reasonable, the staff are friendly and it is much quieter than its counterparts.
The other option you have is to go to the public beach. The Public beach is Juan Le Pins is lovely. I really enjoyed going for walks on this beach in the mornings and in the evening times when the crowds disappeared. Buy a chair and an umbrella in a local shop for a fraction of the price you would spend for a week on the private beach.
Things to do.
Juan Les Pins is well located in the South Of France to visit all the well-known towns and cities.
The rail system in Juan Les Pin is quite good and it is easy to get to the different towns. Cannes is only 20 minutes from Juan Les Pins.
The closest town nearby is Antibes, which is famous for its food market and its Pablo Piccasso Muesum.
There are also some lovely pubs and restaurants there as well.
There are daily boat trips to other towns such as St Tropez that you can explore for a few hours. Though expect to pay 50 euros return for a ticket for the boat to St Tropez.
There are some really nice restaurants in Juan les Pins and they all vary in prices. My favourite restaurant was the Cap Riviera. It was very reasonable in price and it also had lovely sea front views.
For some nice croissants, I went to La Tradition boulangerie every day for fresh bread and some beautiful croissants.
There are many bars in Juan Les Pins. Many of them have a jazz influence as this town hosts a big jazz festival every year in July. My favourite Jazz bar was Les New Orleans where they have live jazz music and the cocktails are very tasty. This place also does snacks if you want something too much on with your drinks.
The most famous Bar in the area is Pam Pam. They have performers most nights but be prepared for the prices of cocktails which can be between 12-16 euro depending what you want to buy.
Juan Les Pins is a lovely place to visit if you want to relax unwind and dine while soaking in the beautiful views and the meditation Sea. I have been there twice now on holidays and I’m sure it will not be the last I see of the beautiful place.
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