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Cote d'Azur Base with Kids

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I would really appreciate some feedback regarding which towns would be best for us. If you are familiar with Finale Ligure or Senigallia in Italy, then you know what are looking for. We enjoyed the setting in both those towns, albeit they are somewhat different. We loved the strolling along the beach, and the choice of simple kids activities (carousel, mini trains, inflatable bouncers, mini parks, etc ) that were within walking distance. We also loved the food. As much as we enjoy those towns, however, we are keen to try the coast of France this year and plan to be there in early September for about a week. Well, I guess I should say I am keen to try this area, my husband would rather go back to Italy as he thinks it will be more relaxing and not as glitzy and fancy.

We may take some half day/day trips, but we want to be within walking distance to a beach and shops/restaurants and a "boardwalk" for lack of a better word, where there may be random kid activities such as a carousel, bouncing structure, playground, etc.


Surprisingly, based on my current research, I am thinking Cannes as it seems to have what we are looking for. I found an apartment within walking distance to the beach. However, we are not sure if we will be comfortable there, as we are more simple and not "rich and fabulous" (I apologize for the stereotype, but it is something we are wary of).

Other areas I've read about that seem like good options include Antibes, Juan Les Pins, and Villefranche Sur Mer. But do they have the kids activities we are looking for? In addition, we prefer to keep the costs down, so in general, is there a significant price difference between restaurants in Cannes vs. a smaller town (e.g., Anitbes? J-L-P, etc.)? Nice is of course, also an option, and we can be convinced to go there despite the lack of a sandy beach ( I think V-S-M is also not a sandy beach). We like to walk a lot and would love to be able to walk from our base town to a nearby town (e.g., from Finale Ligure to Varigotti).

I hope I have provided enough detail and look forward to your replies. Thanks in advance!

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