Yachts – one bigger than the other – lay side by side in the harbour, the roads are packed with Maseratis and Ferraris and the beach is filled with the young, the beautiful and the rich.
St. Tropez is the summer playground for the elite and the stars. Every year a-list names from Hollywood is enjoying the French sun, the Mediterranean and nights of party and champagne in one of the most popular and bustling cities on the French Rivera.
Luckily there’s also space in St. Tropez and on the beaches for all us normal people without so much money in the bank that we don’t know how to spend them.
Here’s our list of the best beaches around St. Tropez.
See the Pampelonne Beach in this video:
Number 3: Plage de la Fontanette
While this is maybe not a beach where you want to spend all day, it’s great for a quick dip in the ocean when the heat in the city gets too much.
De la Fontanette is a pretty small beach in front of the old part of St. Tropez.
De la Fontanette has two sipling beaches very close by: La Glaye and La Ponche. We prefer De la Fontanette.
Number 2: Plage des Graniers
Just a little walk out of town you’ll find this little beach gem surrounded by forest. It’s not the largest beach in the world, but that’s part of the charm.
There’s also a little restaurant that serves great food.
And finally – number 1: Pampelonne Beach
Since Birgit Bardot found her way to Pampelonne Beach in the 1950’s it has become the beach of St. Tropez. She loved it, told everyone about it, and today it’s still the place where all the famous people – and the ones hoping to be famous – are hanging out.
Normally we would avoid places like that, but we were pleasantly surprised by Pampelonne Beach.
First of all it’s a really great beach with golden sand, no sea weeds and crystal clear water – it’s amazing.
If you want, you can rent a sunchair for the day, but it’s not cheap. Prices are around €50 which equals $55 per day.
But you can also enjoy the beach for free. Just bring a towel and lay down on the sand.
Club 55 and paparazzis
Pampelonne Beach is five kilometers long, and is bordered by beach restaurants – not in a cheap, unattractive way, but in a nice, cozy way.
The most popular is Club 55, where the jetset meets for sun during the day and parties during the night. Right outside Club 55 is a landing stage that boats use when they take people in from the yachts anchored up further away from the cost. Here you’ll easily spot a paparazzo or two hanging around.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Pampelonne Beach is by car. Exit St. Tropez by the road D96 and go south for a couple of kilometers. Five or so smaller roads on the left hand side takes you down to the beach. If you take number two, Boulevard Patch, you’ll end up right next to Club 55.
Most people arrive by car, so finding a place to park can be a bit tricky. The closer you get to the beach the more parking prices go up. We parked five to ten minutes by foot away from the beach and paid €10 for the day.