The James Bond, ultra-luxe reputation of this small principality on the southern coast of France isn’t without its basis. As a longtime tax haven for European elites, Monaco is a place where you can walk three blocks and see $100 million worth of cars on the road and billions in yachts on the water. But aside from the Monaco Grand Prix and the famous boat show, Monaco has plenty to see that normal people can afford, too.
The palace, Oceanographic Museum, and Old Town are all open to the public and full of European charm. You can also scope the prince’s car collection or visit the cliffside zoo for only a couple of euros. Your time is also well-spent enjoying a beer at Brasserie Monaco, one of the smallest breweries in the world, set right on Port Hercule. Or you can play a few hands of blackjack at the famous casino in Monte Carlo. And, no, you don’t need to wear a tux.