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Monaco: Monte Carlo
Although it has a reputation as being very expensive and very
exclusive, Monte Carlo can be fun for almost anyone if you spend the time to
look around. Nestled on the hills of Southern France, Monte Carlo is one
of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. While you can see most of the
principality in a single day, we recommend you stay overnight because Monte Carlo
takes on a kind of magical quality after dark.
There are lots of ways to get to Monte Carlo. We like to take the
train from either Italy or France. The train station is very
small and if you are traveling off-hours the stop could be very brief so stay
alert. You can also get there by plane if you fly to Nice and take either a
train, taxi (not recommended), or helicopter (recommended if you have the money)
When you get there, we recommend you check into your hotel, get settled and
then plan to spend at least one half of a day walking about exploring. The
principality is only one mile square and public transportation (the bus) will
get you almost anywhere. Taxi's are expensive and really not worth the price
since everything is within walking distance.
We like to stay at the Beach Plaza ( 22 avenue Princess Grace, Tel:
188.8.131.52 FAX: 184.108.40.206 ) which is one of the few hotels located on Monte
Carlo's only beach. It's not as convenient as some of the more famous hotels
such as the Metropole Palace ,
the Hotel de
Paris, or the Monte Carlo Grand Hotel (12 ave. des Spélugues - Tel: 93.50.65.00) but you can get to most anyplace in a matter of minutes.
If you decide to take the walking tour, start on the West side of town
and proceed East. This will take you up the
hills towards the famous city center and the casinos and will eventually take
you to the harbor, yacht club, Palace and Oceanographic Museum perched high
on a hill. You might also want to visit
the Cathedral of Monaco which was built in 1875.
If you decide to visit the "world famous" Grand Casino, make sure
you either know the Prince, are a celebrity, or have a lot of money if you
expect to get beyond the slot machines in the main hallway. If you want to
gamble you are probably better off visiting the Lowes Casino although once
you're inside it's just like any casino you'll find in Atlantic City or Vegas.
British Air, Air France and a number of other European airlines fly to
Nice. For additional information about Monte Carlo visit
the Monaco Tourist Office or contact
the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Bureau, 845 Third Avenue, New York,
NY 10022, Tel. 212.759.52.27 - Fax 212.754.9320
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