The nearest beach is at Villeneuve-Loubet, only 15 mins away by car, where you will find all the water sports you can imagine and a friendly yacht club that rents sailing boats by the hour.  The beach is clean and pebbly and depending on the wind can even have a slight swell making it possible to body surf. Heading east from here along the coast the beaches are all pebbly and vary from the grand sweeping bay of Nice "Baie des Anges" to secluded coves on the exclusive and beautiful Cap Ferrat, then on as far afield as Monaco and on to Italy (still under an hour's drive).  Heading west you will find calm sandy beaches in Antibes, Juan les Pins and Cannes (30 mins away) and dramatic cliffs and an underwater snorkelling trail at Theoule sur Mer.  A 15 minute ferry ride from Cannes takes you to the quiet, unspoilt islands of Ste Marguerite and St Honorat, les Iles de Lerins, with stunning coves, walking trails, a bird watching sanctuary and a medieval fort.