We had the most fantastic relaxing week on the riviera. We flew to Nice and used the ATS transfer service to our apartment on the Cap D'Antibes. We were very impressed with this - they met us from our flight, provided child seats and it cost about 20 euros each return for door to door service. (half hour drive). They were prompt to collect us on the way back too.
We were just 2 minutes walk from Antibles Salis Plage, which whilst clean, did seem to attract lots of flotsam/jetsam etc at the water's edge, which with a toddler I was a bit concerned about.
Vielle Antibes is very picturesque, and a "real" town with lovely shops - particularly of the food variety. The Provencal market is absolutley fantastic. There a some great boats in the marina if you fancy spending your imaginary lottery winnings! There's a row of bars and restaurants down by the port and lots more dotted round the squares and winding streets of the old town.
The 2A bus service runs from the centre of town out to the Garoupe Beach and the Eden Roc hotel, but most days we walked the 15 minutes into Juan Les Pins. The beach here is superb - clean white sand and shallow, translucent water where you could see the fishes swimming. My 18 month old daughter thought she's died and gone to heaven, and had to be dragged out of the sea when her lips turned blue!
We spent 3 days on the Helios Plage beach at Juan which has the comfiest sunbeds ever (cost 12 euros per day). Friendly suntanned guys will bring you coffee, beer or a ice bucket of rose to your sun bed - very civilised! You don't even need to put your shoes on for lunch - just wander a couple of yards to the tables set up on the beach. (This was lovely at night too!) When we got a bit hot, we retired to the comfy sofas placed in the shade at the back of the beach for a cold drink. If it weren't for the baby I can imagine we wouldn't have bothered going home til well after sunset!
The shops in Juan les Pins were wonderful - if you have unlimited wads of cash mind - we spent some happy time window shopping. Generally the place is much more upmarket than Antibes - small children dressed in Moschino etc and poodles in designer clothes, but is more modern, highrise and doesn't have Antibes provencal charm.
All in all, I've raved enough - we had plans to visit galleries, Monte Carlo, Villefranche etc etc and we ended up doing nothing but chilling out. If anyone would like to see photos, or has any questions - let me know.....