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Delightfully situated, Juan-les-Pins is a charming seaside resort on the Côte d'Azur (Azure Coast). Aside from its sandy beaches, the town offers a marina, a casino, several museums and a world-famous jazz festival.
The world heard about the area first time almost two hundred years ago. On March 1st 1815 Napoleon landed on the beach of Golfe Juan returning from his island of Elba?s exile. But Juan-les-Pins remained a sleepy fishing village on the shores of the Juan Bay for another hundred years or so (the tall longleaf pines common on the peninsula added suffix to the settlement?s name).
The beach resort first achieved real fame in the 1920s bringing visitors from all over the world, especially America: Scott Fitzgerald, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolf Valentino, to name a few. In the newly fashionable Juan-les-Pins, it was jazz music that was heard at the casino, in the luxury hotels and in the clubs.
First came Cole Porter who stayed on the Cap in 1922. Sidney Bechet and his Old Colombier line-up came to visit, Claude Luter and Maxim Saury in the lead. Nowadays Festival International de Jazz is held in mid-July for 10 to 12 days, attracting jazz masters and their fans. Concerts are presented within a temporary stadium custom-built for the event within Le Parc de la Pinède (tickets range from ?18 to ?30).
Part of the reason people flock here is that the town's beaches actually have sand, unlike many of the other resorts along the French Riviera, which have pebbly beaches. In 1930, the vacationers invented water-ski sport here. Plage de Juan-les-Pins is the town's most central beach. Further south you will find two other public beaches - Plage de la Salis and Plage de la Garoupe. La Salis, on the edge of Le Cap d'Antibes, is our favorite beach in the area.
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