There was a time when Saint Tropez was the center of the world, as summer came around. Thankfully, it is a little less crowded than it used to be (but just a little). Yet, you can still cross paths with many celebrities who stay there for a few days, taking some time off, under the beautiful sun, and laying on incredible beaches that can be found in the region. Here are five of them, you should try, when heading to this international holiday town.
- Staying in Saint Tropez
There are many ways to spend a few days in Saint Tropez. You can book a hotel, or even stay on a boat. But the one option you really want, is to rent a Saint Tropez villa. If you ask anyone who has been there before and tried it, they will tell you it is the real life you want. Why? First, they are simply stunning. The region is known for the beauty and comfort of the villas that are found nearby. Secondly, living on a boat is not for everyone, and the space will always be a little cramped. With a villa, you can have your friends over, even stay for the night, while preparing a nice meal on the terrace, to fully enjoy the beautiful weather and the fabulous natural décor of Saint Tropez.
- Pampelonne Beach
If your idea of a holiday is to see and be seen, then your Saint Tropez beach will be Pampelonne. It is the best known of the region, and the ones where celebrities head to. All beaches in the area are located in little bays, side by side. Therefore, it can be difficult to get to the one you want. Pampelonne is right in the middle of all of them. There, you will find discrete night clubs and elegant restaurants. But you better bring a full wallet, because to mix with the Pampelonne crowd, will cost you a pretty penny. If you do stop there, be savvy and ask for a glass of rosé wine. People will notice that you know what you are doing. Always good, when you want to be seen…
- La Glaye
If you want to remain in town, there are only three beaches that you can choose from. All of them are rather small, so they can get busy pretty quickly, on a beautiful summer day. This one is located right in front of the old town, between the two old fortresses, so you can’t miss it. This beach provides many amenities, such as a boat ramp, a pier and (not the least important) free parking. If you are into fishing, snorkeling and swimming, you will find all these activities at La Glaye.
- Plage de Tahiti (Beach)
If you drive all the way northeast, you will end up in Plage de Tahiti. It is not as high-end as Pampelonne, but still located in the same area. There you can enjoy the oldest beach club in Saint Tropez, called the Tahiti Beach Hotel, which first opened its doors to customers, in 1946. There are many other restaurants and bars to choose from, as well.
- Nikki Beach
Nikki Beach is on the other side of Pampelonne (south). It is the one where people go, when they are looking for a beach club, since there are so many. Families: Look for Les Jumeaux, which offers a playground for kids, as well.
- Bonne Terrasse
If you are willing to walk a little, to get to your destination, don’t miss Bonne Terrasse. This beach is a little bit “off” the regular course, but you will be enthralled by the beauty of the décor, as it features a superb lighthouse and a varied wildlife, including tortoises and falcons.