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“Brilliant beach”
Review of Plage du Ponteil

Ranked #16 of 63 things to do in Antibes
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We've spent years visiting the small cove beach down by the boats in harbour but this year we spent every day at this beach. We much preferred it as the water is shallow and beautifully clear. I spent the week snorkelling and watching the fish and playing bat and ball in the shallow water.
Really safe for families and had a lifeguard most of the time too.

Thank Barnaclebear
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

I decided to make Antibes my home base for a trip to the Riviera as they have two beaches rated among the top "handiplages" in France and Plage du Ponteil is one of them. I could not have made a better choice. This is the best beach experience I've had anywhere in the world and already planning my next trip back. This beach has everything you can hope for - clean, soft sand, warm, calm wave-free turquoise water thanks to the barrier formations, and an incredible view of old Antibes -- so beautiful that you'll see markers featuring the great works of the masters who came to paint this very spot. The water itself is much warmer than you find on the Atlantic side and is more reminiscent of swimming in the Caribbean.

As a wheelchair user, it's often hard to find places where I can actually get on the beach and even harder to find places where I can easily get to and into the water. Plage du Ponteil has it all! The handiplage is roped off to the public and has really great amenities for disabled visitors, making it almost like a private beach experience but everything is completely free. Umbrellas and chairs are provided. We never had a problem finding a spot in the shade and for those who arrived later, the staff would just setup another umbrella wherever they wanted to go and voila. There are blue beach mats that make getting onto the beach simple and Tiralo's for going across the sand and into the ocean. The Tiralo is a special amphibious beach wheelchair that can float in the ocean. The beach staff will help you transfer, take you into the water and, if you want, stay with you the whole time. You can get out of the chair and swim too if you want, no problem. There are life jackets, "frites" (what we call a pool noodle made into a circle so it fits around your waist), and other equipment available to help as well. I hadn't had a swim in the ocean for years so this was a magical experience.

The beach is well staffed and the people working there are super friendly college students and some of them speak English so the language barrier is not an issue -- though I did get a lot of French practice in. Alexandre, Vincent and team are fantastic people. Spending time on the beach and getting to know them was truly the highlight of my time in France! Thank you to the French government for this incredible program, wish we had the same here in the U.S.

2  Thank Anna P
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

gorgeous beach for the family. Safe swimming for kids, clean sand for toddlers, drinks and toilets nearby.

Thank 928JohnF
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Gets the sun in the morning and late evening, this is a lovely place to swim or just paddle about. Volley ball pitch for locals adds an evening entertainment to this unspoilt paradise.

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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We found this beach a lovely sandy unspoilt area with very calm waters protected from the usual breeze. The water stays shallow a long way out and is ideal for children. We visited in September and there is no lifeguard on duty, parking charges at €1 per hour until end September just behind the pavement shaded by trees. Was fairly busy for a weekday in September so you may struggle for space at the weekend/high season.
Kiosk Poseidon at the end near the sailing school serves good snacks to take away or a few patio tables to sit at. Sandwiches, Paninis, burgers, chips, ice cream and waffles with huge selection of drinks including wine and beer.
Showers on the beach and toilets at the sailing school. Great view of the ramparts of Antibes as you look across the water.

Thank Lynne W
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