Many assume a visit to Cannes requires no less than a) a private jet or b) at least one Oscar® nomination. Here's the secret: travelers on any budget, arriving in any style, can enjoy Cannes. Lazing along the French Riviera, the once small fishing village is now all about waterfront glamour and romance. A stroll along Cannes’ seaside catwalk La Croisette yields beautiful views on one side and luxury shops and sumptuous hotels on the other. The highlight is the Palais des Festivals, home to the Cannes Film Festival, usually held in May each year. The Mediterranean-fronting beaches in Cannes are so pristine and stunning that millions of visitors each year show up to agree. Public beaches can be overcrowded (private beaches are costly), so the second secret to Cannes: nearby islands Îles de Lérins are just a ferry ride away. Cannes is not just about beaches and movie stars; attractions include a working monastery, haunted tower, perfume museum and restaurants worthy of Julia Child (who once had a home in the hills above the city). On a budget? Consider a gîte (self-catered apartment) to make Cannes affordable.