The Monaco Grand Prix has everything you could want in a luxury vacation: yachts, champagne, celebrities, and of course absurdly fast cars. But believe it or not, that's just the icing on the cake for the world-famous Formula 1 race that draws the highest caliber of spectators from all over the world. When it comes to exclusive cities, Monaco can compete with the best of them. And the Monaco Grand Prix is the pinnacle event. It is like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Paris during Christmas, or New York City during spring. If you have a chance to experience one of these events in your lifetime, you must, and the Grand Prix is no different.
If you still aren’t sold on why you should be booking your Monaco Grand Prix vacation right now, here are a few other reasons:
Television doesn't capture the palpable excitement of seeing the race live.
Sure, you can see the cars racing across your TV screen, but it makes a world of difference when you can see the tire marks, smell the exhaust fumes, hear the screech of tires and engines thrashing around the city, all just steps away from you.
The racetrack is historic.
This competition’s track is so narrow that it's almost impossible for cars to pass one another. Racers must choose their opportunities very carefully, so when it does finally happen, the screams of excitement are deafening, and sometimes the consequences are severe!
Two words: Nouvelle Chicane.
This is the hardest-braking zone on the track, and drivers usually can't see it as they come upon it at speeds of up to 170 MPH. The views, combined with the sudden stopping, twists and turns, and the nearly supersonic speed of the drivers, give an adrenaline rush to even the most casual bystander!
The Mediterranean and the French Riviera is beyond beautiful.
Is there any greater expression of wealth than to say that you vacationed on the French Riviera? The exclusivity of the event is so pronounced that simply having experienced this event is a reflection about the level of vacationing you are exposed to. That's what you'll be doing when you check out the Monaco Grand Prix, you'll be visiting a municipality that's only three-quarters of a square mile on the Mediterranean, along the French Riviera.
There are no common bleachers.
If you want to see the race, your options are rather unique. Visitors at the famous Hotel de Paris often boast about watching the race from the comfort of their balconies, while visitors to the Stade Nautique Rainier III municipal swimming pool can look right down on the race track as they tan or swim. Finding the right vantage point is very important, so don’t be fooled by lesser hotels offering race packages that don’t even include a good place to watch. You should only team up with vendors that will absolutely provide you VIP access.