Our guide to the best beaches
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Although Larvotto is the obvious place to go swimming in Monaco, it can become very crowded in high season. Here are some alternatives along the coast.
Monte Carlo Beach (private) This salt-water pool has a chic feel and a convenient location. Residents only, but you may be able to go with someone who's staying there.
Small beach just past Le Sporting Monte Carlo (public - free) A natural stone beach, with fewer people than at Larvotto. A little uncomfortable underfoot, but less crowded.
Le Meridien Beach Plaza (private) adjoins the Larvotto. Two open-air salt-water pools (including one for children) and one fresh-water indoor pool
La Piscine, Port Hercule (public - entry fee) A large open-air saltwater pool, it's also an ice-rink in wnter.
Beach under the Oceanographic Museum (public - free) Access down steps from the Quai des Pêcheurs.
Stade Louis II, Fontvieille (public - entry fee) Freshwater Olympic size. All sorts of rules: no bermuda shorts, no diving, must wear a cap, lane swimming only. But good for serious swimmers, especially in the winter.
Plage Marquet, Cap d'Ail (public) Just over the French border from Fontvieille, natural stone beach and popular but less built-up surroundings. Showers and restaurants
La Reserve de la Mala Private beach with cocktail bar, lounge bar open all year, boutique with beach apparel & products, restaurant with cuisine from around the world and private taxiboat. Open from 9pm to 2am for that special occasion
Les Thermes Marins, 2 Avenue de Monte Carlo - indoor, seawater
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