The Côte d’Azur translates to blue coast and, I assume, refers to the exquisite color of the water and sky. From Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport, both public and private beaches line the seafront in both directions from Beaulieu-sur-Mer to Saint-Tropez. Most are easily accessible to visitors traveling by bus, train and car (drivers can park on the side of the seafront road, D6098, if they can find a space). At public beaches, sun-lovers carry their chairs, rattan roll-ups, net bags filled with beach toys and pique-nique on the pebbly shore. Private beaches, including those affiliated with haute hotels, charge a daily fee for a towel-covered transat (sunbed), umbrella and food and beverage service. They are ideal for those who prefer to sip a chilled rosé, while the kids play, then, linger together over a fabulous, even gastronomic, lunch. In September, after the August crowds flee, the beaches are particularly lovely.
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The Algarve, on Portugal’s southern coast, is known for its beaches, but those are not the only beautiful beaches in the country. If you’re looking for sand and sea safe for children, and less filled with other tourists than the busy Algarve, Portugal has a lot of options.
The coastal city of Lagos, located on Portugal’s western Algarve, has been an up-and-coming tourist destination for years. All ages can enjoy the region’s stunning beauty and natural attractions, from the rugged coastline and pristine beaches to the varied terrain and lush gardens.
Planning a vacation with the family pooch can be a bit of a challenge. Matching your family's favorite destinations with places that are pet-friendly and have plenty of accommodations to meet your needs requires a little bit of legwork but Monterey Bay on California's Pacific Coast makes it easy.