French Riviera

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

French Riviera Money-Saving Tips

Room with a View

Seeking a room with a Mediterranean view? It’s certainly possible – just be sure to book at least three months in advance, especially during the busy summer months.

Four Wheels

Unless you’re planning on staying in one city, having a car is by far the easiest way to get around the region. Just factor in plenty of extra travel time during the high season as coastal thoroughfares are prone to extensive congestion in summer.

Nice Deals

Look to Nice for accommodation deals – the city lays claim to more than a third of the total hotel capacity in the region, translating to relative bargains over other Riviera resort towns.

Bargain Hunters

Serious shoppers might want to coordinate their visit with the soldes – major biannual sales in January and July which feature savings of 20–50 percent.

Tax Break

U.S. citizens are entitled to a sales-tax refund (a substantial 19.6%) on purchases of more than 175€ ($256) – be sure to request a "détaxe" form from the store and claim your refund through customs before leaving France.

Parlez-vous Français?

Most shop, hotel, and restaurant owners speak at least some English, but if you’re planning on venturing off the beaten path or exploring smaller establishments, a phrasebook could be useful.

Festival Frenzy

Unless you’re coming to Nice specifically for the famed Carnival in February or the Jazz Festival in July, avoid these months – rates spike and attractions are crowded.

Beach Etiquette

Leave your inhibitions behind – topless sunbathing is the norm in the south of France.

On the Rocks

Keep in mind that Riviera beaches east of Antibes (including those in Nice) tend to be pebbly – something that certain beachgoers get around by wearing water sandals. Those seeking sandy strands should head to Cannes.

Local Cuisine

The region, like the rest of France, takes food seriously, with a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, seafood, and fresh vegetables. Dishes tend to be seasoned with herbs like basil, rosemary, thyme, coriander, and garlic.

Crossing the Border to Monaco

Keep in mind that, although landlocked by French borders, Monaco is an independent, self-governing principality; as such, visitors are subject to local law and authority.

Fee-Free Beaches in Cannes

To avoid the high entrance fees (upwards of €30) of the hotel-owned private beaches along La Croisette, head to the public beaches at the far west and east of town – but beware the crowds.

Monaco Taxi Fares

Be sure to agree on fares before you hop in a taxi in Monaco – cabs have no meters and fares can run high.

Lunch Deals in Monaco

Monaco caters primarily to those with deep pockets and dining out is no exception. Consider lunching as opposed to dining at top tier restaurants in order to save up to 50 percent.

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