The first time I visited Monte Carlo I fell in love, it was the most amazing place I had ever visited. Not simply because of the beautiful coastline but the everywhere you went it oozed with money, glamour and sophistication.
The marine is simply amazing. Everywhere you look there are fantastic yachts, the kind of boats you can only ever dream about or see in a James Bond movie. The cars, well put it this way I have never seen anywhere in the world other than Monte Carlo so many high end motor vehicles in one place. You can literally have 3 Bentley’s on your left, a Maybach on your right and a few Ferrari’s ahead of you.
The Casino area is gorgeous, although quite a steep trek to reach it is well worth the effort. The gardens are pristine and very colourful; here you will find the world famous Casino (of course) and Café de Paris along with a few rather posh hotels and fine jewellery stores.
On my last visit they had also constructed a rather large outdoor swimming pool just in the marina, ideal if you visit in the hot summer months and just simply want to cool off. It was quite a good size and had a life guard keeping watch.
Monte Carlo is very expensive, although not too much in the way of stores (unless you are partial to a Gucci Bag or Hermes scarf) there are plenty of coffee shops and marina café’s dying to take your money. On my visit in July last year a regular sized bottle of Diet Coke was an astonishing 10Euro.To say I almost passed out would be an understatement but it’s ok, I am not in Monaco every day I thought so just drink it and be quiet.
I would put this at the top of your “must visit list” I have been lucky enough to have visited three times now and each time I am still left shaking my head at the sheer wealth of the area. Make sure you pack your sun cream though as the summer season here can get very hot indeed and you also have the tender transfer to remember.
Some ships can dock in the marina but if I think correctly it really only is big enough to have one ship docked at a time; everyone else must anchor off shore. I have only ever seen the SilverSea ship, Silver Wind docked here.
Please, if you have never been before just go and Google it, you really will be in for a treat!