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Considering a Cannes vacation? Not too sure what to expect during a trip to Cannes? If the answer is yes and yes, then there are a few things you should know about this awe-inspiring resort city on the fabulous French Riviera.

Cannes is famous for couture, clothing-optional beaches, and the Carlton. And of course, Cannes is the place where Coco Chanel got that famous tan that sparked a worldwide obsession with the deepest, darkest shade one could possibly achieve. But what most people really think of when hear "Cannes" is the star-studded annual Cannes International Film Festival. You will definitely hear less and less about what Cannes is really about and more and more about who's wearing (and not wearing) what to the Cannes International Film Festival during the first half of the year.

If you must go during festival time (or if you want to), be prepared for plenty of flashing cameras, celebrities galore, controlled chaos, and no vacancy signs at the Carlton, Hotel Martinez, and just about any other hotel or Chateau from Cannes to Nice and beyond.

Also, you will have a tough time getting into many Cannes restaurants during this time as well and your chances of getting into a screening are nearly nearly zero percent. If you can avoid taking a Cannes vacation during this time, great! When the town isn't so focused on celebrities and film, you can enjoy everything Cannes has to offer to the very fullest - and then some.

Cannes enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate year around, so with the exception of the mid-May, when the Cannes International Film Festival takes place, anytime is a good time to go. While you will find plenty of tourists here every single month of the year, summer is the most popular time to go. The beaches, promenades, boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants are at their peak and people are really just out to have a good time when the temperature is at its hottest. Some of the most popular Cannes activities and attractions include: Plage de la Croisette, Promenade de la Croisette, Iles de Lerins, Musee de la Castre, the old town of Cannes, Ile St. Honorat, the Carlton, and Notre Dame de Bon Voyage to name a few.

So, now that you know a bit more about Cannes and what it has to offer, here is a bit of information about getting there. If you're flying, you will arrive at Nice International Airport ( Nice is roughly 16 miles from Cannes and the drive from the airport is around 30 minutes. Buses from the airport run every 40 minutes daily and visitors can catch a taxi at Gate A1 (Terminal 1) and Gate A3 (Terminal 2).  Central Taxi Riviera Nice can be reached by calling +33 04 93 13 78 78. The cost for a taxi ride to the city of Cannes or your Cannes hotel from the airport should be somewhere around: 65EU-70EU  ($100US-108US) 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and 67EU-82EU ($104-$127US) 7:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m. Another taxi company, that can be found in Canne, is Allo Taxi, +33 04 93 99 90 77,

Cannes official tourist office, The Office de Tourism, is located at 1 bd. De La Croissette and it can be reached by calling +33 04 93 39 24 53. The official website is Tourist information can also be found at Le Cannet Tourist Information Center +33 04 93 45 34 27,, Email:

Top Ten Things to Do in Cannes

Promenade de la Croisette - Also known as "Boulevard de la Croisette,"  features upscale shops and boutiques as well as and nightclubs, world-class restaurants and cafes, and scenic (private) beaches. 

Plage de la Croisette  - This is home to Cannes's most magnificent and most expensive beach as well as the areas top hotels. Entrance fees at the Cannes beach range from 15E-22E ($19-$34 US) and it includes lounges, mattresses, use of the showers, parasols, and a snack kiosks. The beach also offers easy access to beaches that allow you to dine in your bathing suit. Cannes Beach made the Forbes "Top Ten Topless Beaches" list in 2007. Plage de la Croisette is between Vieux Port and Port Canto. 

Ile St-Honorat - Sunbathing, strolling, and sightseeing -- Ile St-Honorat offers this and more. The kicker is that this small island -- only one mile long, is the second largest of the Lerins Islands. Points of interest if you want to tour the island include the Abbaye de St-Honorat, home to medieval ruins, early 20th-century ecclesiastical structures, and some 30 Cistercian monks. Visitors can also hike through the islands pine forests. FYI: Smoking is not allowed on the island.

Musee de la Castre - Open since 1952, Musee de la Castre features everything from Mediterranean artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Syria, and Rome, and primitive art from Africa, Asia, and the Americas, to musical instruments from around the world and 19th-century Cannes landscapes. Address: Le Suquet, Cannes, Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Ph: +33 04 93 38 55 26

La Suquet - La Suquet is the Old Town of Cannes. Built on the site of a Roman military camp, La Suquet is the highest point in Cannes. Here, you will find the 14th-century Tour de Suquet or "Lord's Tower," as well as the 12th century Chapel of St. Anne. La Suquet offers spectacular views of La Croisette and most locals say it's the perfect place for a stroll on a sunny summer day.

Ile Ste-Marguerite -- Home of Musee de la Mer, Ile Ste-Marguerite has plenty of sites to see and numerous recreational opportunities. Musee de la Mer highlights artifacts, paintings, mosaics, and ceramics as well as artifacts from Arab, Ligurian, and Roman civilizations. Fort Royal, Ph: +33 04 93 38 55 26. Musee de la Mer is open April-September, Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. and October-March, Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

La Palme d'Or - La Palme d'Or is the number one choice for the see and be seen crowd and those with deep pockets. Many celebrities dine here, especially during the International Cannes Film Festival. The restaurant serves the finest modern French cuisine in the region and it also features some of the finest views. The restaurant has terraces overlooking the sea. Location: Hotel Martinez, 73 La Croisette, Ph: +33 04 92 98 74 14. Open Sunday and Tuesday-Friday. Lunch: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: 8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Intercontinental Carlton Cannes - The luxurious Intercontinental Carlton Cannes was built in 1911 and it is not only the most popular place to stay in Cannes, it is also a major tourist attraction. The exterior features are absolutely magnificent with twin gray domes and the design style of the Belle Epoque period. Once inside, visitors will find a grand entrances, elaborate rooms, and the popular waterfront balconies -- available in the most expensive rooms in the hotel located on the upper floors. Onsite, visitors will also find a variety of upscale restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges. Tours are available. 58 BD. La Croisette, BP 155, Ph: +33 04 93 06 40 06.

Notre Dame de Bon Voyage - This 1879 church is probably the most notable church in Cannes. The faux gothic style is a sight in itself as well as the entrance designed by artist Roger Capron. Location: Square Merimee, Cannes, Ph: +33 04 93 39 16 22.

Festival de Cannes (International Cannes Film Festival)  - The International Cannes Film Festival, founded in 1946, needs no introduction. This is the oldest and most prestigious film festival in the world and the star-studded event takes place every year during the month of May. Contact: 3, rue Amelie, 75007, Paris - France, Ph: +33 01 53 59 61 00, E-mail:,


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