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Paloma Beach


Located in a small limestone cove of Cap Ferrat, Paloma beach is a truly peaceful place. Its view of the French Riviera and its translucent waters, shaded by century-old parasol pines, offer an intimate and enchanting setting, appreciated by the jet set. Although a large part of the beach is privatized by the Paloma Beach, the access to the site remains free. This sheltered cove is particularly suitable for a snorkeling during the summer months. If the seabed is rather monotonous (mainly covered with posidonia), it is easy to observe starfish, sea urchins, and many species of mediterranean fish.
How to get there?

The Paloma Beach (Plage de la Paloma) is located in the cove of the Scaletta, on the eastern tip of the peninsula of Cap-Ferrat. By car, it takes 35 minutes from the city center of Nice (11km), and 30 minutes from Monaco (12km). Try to get there in the morning, as the number of parking spaces near the beach is very limited. Alternatively, park at Port Saint-Jean and walk to the beach (10 minutes). The Paloma beach is easy to spot, and is accessed by a cliff-side staircase.

Water entrance

You can enter the water directly from one of the extremities of the beach to easily reach the rocky areas that border the small cove.

Aerial view

Exploration

The rocky areas on both sides of the beach are the most interesting to explore on a walking tour, especially the one on your right when you are facing the sea. Along the shoreline, the water level is relatively low (1-2m). It is an environment particularly favored by wrasse and painted comber, which you will certainly discover at the turn of a rock. As you move away from the shore, the height of water increases and the seabed is covered with seagrass meadows. In this area, it is the salema porgy and other sea breams that you will most likely observe. Also try to find on the seabed, sometimes hidden between posidonia, a red starfish, quite common species on this spot.

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Common wrasse and red starfish at Paloma Beach

To explore this spot, we recommend you to go there in the morning. Indeed, the beach is in the shade from the middle of the afternoon, which limits underwater visibility. The Paloma Beach boat commutes all day between yachts and sailing boats anchored in the bay and private beach. Avoid snorkeling near the pontoon or getting too far from the shore.

Unfortunately, Paloma Beach is not part of a protected area, and fish are very fearful and difficult to approach. For an extraordinary insight into the underwater richness of the Mediterranean, try to get to Port Crosn, off Hyères (160km/2h by car) where the seabed is stunning.

Restaurants and accommodation

The Paloma Beach (the private beach that occupies part of the site) is open daily from Easter to September. You can rent a sun lounger for the day (€26 per person) and enjoy the restaurant, but the prices are high. Since the area is essentially residential, we advise you to bring your picnic if you want to limit your expenses.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
    25ft/8m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a beach
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium to high
  • Access costs
    Free (public part of the beach)
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes

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