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Reviewed January 11, 2009

I have visited Cannes many times and always stayed in a hotel overlooking La Croisette with its colourful pavement light show every night. La Croisette is bordered by a beautiful sandy beach and beyond the beach is the twinkling blue Mediteranean, with its elegant yachts moored in the bay. The stunning Esterel Hills finish the backdrop.

At the western end of La Croisette is the old harbour, the old town and the hill, with the ancient fort on top. As you proceed in an easterly direction you have the Palais des Festivals or Exhibition Halls/Theatre, followed by the beaches, followed by the new marina, Porto Canto, followed by the Palm Beach Casino at the Eastern tip of La Croisette.

La Croisette is one of the most enchanting places in the world. There is nothing finer than walking along La Croisette, watching the sea, the boats and the elegantly dressed beautifully people. Even the elderly ladies walking their Poodles, Westies, Bichons and Yorkies are elegantly dressed in their Chanel suits in the summer and full length mink coats in the winter. Hermes handbags abound! This not the place to be ashamed of what you have. Just flaunt it like everyone else and you will blend in.

There is glorious weather most of the year - but I would miss November and December which can be cold. But this does not deter the hardy swimmers who can be seen almost every day of the year enjoying the warm sea temperatures. Some of the beaches are private for hotel guests, but there are public beaches as well, all with toilet shower and changing facilities.

As for food there is something for everyone. There are smart expensive restaurants scattered along the beach (only open at lunch time) where you can enjoy a good wine or a meal in a restful elegant setting. There are also kiosks selling ice creams, snacks and newspapers.

There are deck chairs and sun loungers for hire, and Blue upright chairs for those who need to rest and gaze at the world going by.

La Croisette is a duel carriageway for much of its length but it is no race trace. In the main expensive cars glide along slowly and quietly for all to see. It is nothing like Promenade des Anglais in Nice which is as busy as Park Lane in London or Park Avenue in New York.

And finally what is accros the road fron the lovely beaches? Elegant boutiques and designer shops. You will find Chanel, Dior, Jimmy Choo, Hermes, Louis Vutton and D & G just to name a few. There are also lovely hotels, restaurants, bars and appartment blocks. All tip top quality and very expensive as you would expect from a town like Cannes.

Have a good trip.

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Reviewed September 17, 2008

La Croisette is slightly similar to Promenade des Anglais in Nice. It is a great wide walk that offers great views as you walk along the Mediterranean and the best people watching in the world. The difference in Nice and Cannes is what what the people are wearing and what they are driving.

My husband LOVES to park himself near the Carlton for an hour (more if I'd let him) and drool over the cars coming and going. Many have Saudi license tags and probably have just been taken off the yacht the person arrived on. Ooh la la! Cars worth over 250,000 USD abound.

Walking this summer (2008) showed several concerts along the beach that were offered by Martinez and others. We just stood on La Croisette and enjoyed for free.

La Croisette has great kids activities as well - remote countrol boats in a fountain, a merry go round, game galleries, lots of ice cream, etc.

La Croisette has a SANDY beach which many French Riviera cities do not (Like Nice whose beach is made of pebbles).

I love Cannes and I love Nice. Both are wonderful people watching on their "promenades". But don't forget to get to "old Nice" and "old Cannes". They are to the edge of the activity and oddly easy to miss. They are AWESOME and old Nice is said to be like Venice which I didn't believe until I experienced it.

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