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Plage Macé is one of two beaches in Cannes in "regie municipal" which means that the city "manages" the beach and rents beach chairs, umbrellas and lockers at a much reduced rate. As in the other "regie municipal" beach, Zamenhoff, there are no food or alcoholic beverages allowed. There's a nearby snack stand to buy sandwiches and soft drinks.
There are toilets to use, changing rooms, lockers and hot showers. There are spaces reserved for the handicapped and a lifeguard is on duty. Normally, a reservation is not necessary. Macé is double the size of Zamenhoff with 400 chairs.
Next to the paying, managed portion of Macé beach, there's a free, public section, equipped with showers, where you can throw down a towel. During the Cannes Film Festival the beach, renamed Salle de Sable, hosts a giant screen to show the films selected for the festival's Cinema de Plage. Screenings are nightly during the festival and usually include a selection of classic French or American films.
You can also browse a lending library at Macé Beach at the unique Pages a la Plage stall. It's a good way to brush up on your French.
And if it's jellyfish you're worried about, you can swim in peace at Macé. Each summer a semi-circle of netting protects the beach from the nasty critters.
The closest parking is at the Palais des Festivals and the bus line is No. 8. See more on La Croisette beaches.
Note that there are two sessions: a morning session that runs from 8.30am to 1.30pm and the afternoon session from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Arriving at noon, for example, means you have to pay the fee for the full day.