Packed with flash restaurants, posh bars and designer boutiques, Cannes may seem out of reach to those on a modest budget, but by making a few savvy savings you can live it up without being loaded. Oh, and posing and people-watching cost nada. Grab your passports, ladies! Our friends at give us the inside scoop on taking in the south of France on a budget.

HIT THE BEACH: The stretch of sand that hugs the glitzy palm tree-lined boulevard, La Croisette is mostly given over to pricey private beach clubs. Soaking up the rays here will set you back around $35 per day. Two public beaches bookend the seafront but they get packed out in the summer months. Head to the sleek rooftop terrace at the Radisson Blu Hotel and you’ll find chunky shaded loungers, an alfresco bar and killer views of the coastline, the old harbor and the 16th-century clock tower. There’s no cover charge so you can laze in the sun all day for the price of a couple of ice-cold brews.

SAIL: If you can’t snag an invite onto a super yacht, board one of the small ferries that depart from the old port and sail across to Île Saint-Honorat ($18 round-trip), a gorgeous island inhabited by 25 Cistercian monks; the monastery has been making wine from the island’s grapes since the Middle Ages. There’s one restaurant right by the water’s edge that serves typically French dishes from an open kitchen (a three-course set menu costs around $35) or stock up on picnic produce from the Carrefour supermarket before you set off and have a spot of lunch in a secluded cove.

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