Monaco France-Visit Monaco on a trip to France

Monaco France? While Monaco is not apart of France it is located inside France, making it a perfect stop on any French Riviera itinerary. Monaco is the epitome of luxury with its world-class dining and shopping, world-famous casino, yachts galore, and the Grand Prix Race.

When to visit, what to see and do, where to stay and where to eat are all the things I cover in my travel guide below.

Monaco Harbor
Harbor View

When to Visit

With temperatures staying mild year-round, highs 54-80 degrees, anytime can be a great time to visit. The best time however is the summer and fall month which has the highest temperatures, take a look at the average temps below. The Grand Prix happens in May and while it would be a once in a lifetime experience to visiting during this time it will also be the most expensive time to visit.

  • May- high 68 low 58
  • June- high 74 low 65
  • July high 80 low 70
  • August high 80 low 70
  • September- high 75 low 66

Things To Do and See

  • Grand Prix
    • Occurs in May. In 2019 it was May 26, canceled for 2020 and scheduled for May 20-23, 2021.
  • Casino Monte Carlo
    • Free to enter the atrium.
    • No fee to play the slots
    • 17€ fee to play table games and appropriate dress is required.
    • Tickets for audio tours at 17€ per person. Entrance from 10am-1pm, last entrance at 12:15pm.
  • Wander around the old town.
  • Prince’s Palace
    • The changing of the guard happens at 11:55 am.
  • Monaco Cathedral
    • Resting place of Grace Kelly.
  • Oceanographic Museum
    • Tickets starting at 11- 16€, depending on the season.
    • Jan/Feb/March/Oct/Nov/Dec: 10am-6pm
    • April/May/June/Sept: 10am-7pm
    • July and Aug: 9:30am-8pm
    • Website
  • Jardin Exotique
    • Beautiful cactus garden with breathtaking views
    • 7.20€ per person.
    • Feb to April and Oct: 9am- 6pm
    • May to Sept: 9am-7pm
    • Nov to Jan: 9am-5pm
    • Website
  • Visit some beautiful gardens
    • Princess Grace Rose Garden
    • Jardin de Saint-Martin
  • View the Harbors
    • View point: Vue panoramique sur Monaco- Fontvieille
    • Walking up to old town on Avenue de la Porte Neuve.
    • Walk along Route de la Piscine next to the Yacht Club de Monaco.
  • Beach
    • Larvotto Beach
  • Shopping
    • High -end shopping is in the Monte Carlo area around the Casino.

Top Hotels in Monaco

  • Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo
    • Sea or casino views.
    • 3 Michelin-stared restaurants.
    • Private beach access.
    • Website
  • Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo
    • City Center
    • Sea Views
    • Michelin- star restaurant.
    • Private beach access.
    • Website
  • Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo
    • Sea views
    • Micheli-star restaurant.
    • Website
  • Monte Carlo Beach
    • Seaside
    • Organic Michelin-star restaurant
    • Private Beach
    • Website

Best Restaurants Monaco

Michelin Star Restaurants

  • Le Louis XV, 3 Michelin Stars
  • Joel Robuchon Monte Carlo, 2 Michelin Stars
  • Le Blue Bay, 1 Michelin Star
  • Le Grill, 1 Michelin Star
  • Vistamar, 1 Michelin Star
  • Yoshi, 1 Michelin Star

Non Michelin Star Great Restaurants

  • La Montgolfiere
  • II Terrazzino
  • Castleroc
  • Cafe de Paris
  • Eqvita- vegan
  • Sass Cafe
  • Cipriani
  • Horizon Deck- views
  • La Maree
  • Maya Bay

Need more help planning your trip? As a professional Travel Advisor, it’s my job to design you the perfect luxurious Monaco escape. Visit my travel planning page or planning process page to learn more. 

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Krista Suletic
Krista Suletic

Full-service, luxury Travel Advisor/Agent. Travel Blogger. Married, dog mom, plant-based. Based in San Jose California but often traveling the world.

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