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Best of St Tropez: public beaches (with or without kids)

St Tropez beaches

Yachts? What yachts?

St Tropez surely isn’t the first place that pops into mind when speaking of beach holidays with children in tow. However, for those who don’t want to change their usual vacation habits, the beautiful little southern French village and its surroundings offer more family friendly spots than you might think. And not all of it is ridiculously expensive.

The most popular and undeniably famous bit of sandy St Tropez dream: Pampelonne Plage. The long stretch of white beach with turquoise blue waters begins just South of St Tropez and caters for whatever strand dream you are after. Around lunchtime, the yachts arrive, swaying in the waves like little dots on the azure blue horizon.

In between the fancy private beach clubs, you will find long stretches of public beach, where everyone can (and will!) dig their umbrella into the sand and claim their stake. I.e.: come early and leave early, if you want to avoid the sardine tin sensation.

St Tropez beaches

Snack bar at Tahiti, Pampelonne Plage

Tahiti Plage, Route de Tahiti

At the very top of Pampelonne bay, easily accessible from St Tropez. Parking in the bamboo covered parking lot is about €5 per day. A small beach bar sells snacks, drinks and ice cream, and you can rent paddleboats by the hour.

St Tropez beaches

Ti’ Largo beach bar. Excellent burgers!

Pampelonne, Boulevard Patch

I love the stretch between Nioulargo private beach club and the boat rental. The Ti’ Largo snack bar serves drinks and food from 12pm till late – brilliant for a ‘pieds dans l’eau’ dinner. Or to feed the kids on sausages and frites (€8 for a very generous portion). Parking is about €5 per day. Follow Boulevard Patch all the way down and turn right into the parking lot; park your car at the far end of the lot.

St Tropez beaches

Plage de l’Escalet

Plage de L’Escalet, Ramatuelle

Strictly speaking, this beach doesn’t belong to Pampelonne, but as is it close by and super kids friendly, it’s found its way on this list. The waters at L’Escalet are shallow and the rocky surroundings form lots of rock pools that host plenty of fish and shellfish. Brilliant for amateur swimmers and snorkelers. On the downside, the sand is rather coarse and – to put it in my daughter’s words – no good for sandcastles. Two stalls on the road above the beach sell drinks and snacks. To claim a spot in the free parking lot, make sure you arrive before 10:30AM.

11 Comments

  1. Love St Tropez and the South of France generally-parents always took us there as kids throughout our childhood but yet to take O-must do! Cannes is my favourite film festival too!

  2. Oooh, that looks so lovely! Even though it’s been sunny in the UK in last two weeks, it’s never quite the same here as South of France. Wonderful pictures!
    Helenaxx

  3. In North Amercia, St Tropez is just a dream. And so many people pronounce the “z” here…. *le sigh*

  4. How was it being away for four weeks? Wondering if longer would be better for our hols next year because it takes my son a week to settle anywhere we go. With the added bonus of giving up work after Christmas, I can whisk the little ones away and not have to working about having enough holidays to cover.

  5. Never been and always slightly anxious about crowds and costs so have looked more for off the beaten path treasures here and there… but you sell it so well I may just have to add it to the list–the LONG list of places to visit!

  6. I love how on French beaches the sand is white and the sky is blue but there is also so much oh lala quelle horreurs (sp) people-watching, my kids got a kick out of that too.

  7. alison piddington says

    We try to go every year for 4 weeks we do 3 days and then 3 weeks at a place then 3 days back .we drive and we don’t take children …that said we have and it is a dream of a time we don’t pay loads !! we find a villa and or a pool house self catering and we do our own thing !!there is so much to see and do.
    We just treat it as we would the uk ,but you have all the glamour and excitement of how the other half live…A experience not to be missed!!!! Give it a go xx

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