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Parking at Patch entrance

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The mythic Pampelonne beach is St-Tropez's crown jewel of beaches, even if the actual location is Ramatuelle. Nearly five kilometres of fine, white sand separate the Mediterranean sea from acres of scrub-covered dunes. It's a site of remarkable natural beauty that offers a rural backdrop to the world's most glamorous beach party scene. At the same time, there's a bohemian side to St-Tropez that dates back to the 1950s. Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco and denizens of Paris's Left Bank postwar scene turned St-Tropez beaches into their summer headquarters. Their ethic of "free love", "clothing optional" and authenticity still permeates the beach scene. No line of high-rises mars the coastline. There's no seaside promenade, no snack stands, no souvenir stalls. Dunes rise gently behind the beaches before sloping down to a strip of paved parking. Then there are acres of brush, grass and vineyards before reaching the residential/commercial zone in the interior.

Access

The most pleasant way to access Pampelonne is via private helicopter or yacht. At the other end of the spectrum is the free shuttle bus that runs (infrequently) from central St-Tropez. See here for more info.

Most people arrive by car however and park it at one of the six access points. From north to south, access is via: route de Tahiti; chemin des Moulins; chemin de Tamaris; boulevard Patch; chemin des Barraques; route de Bonne Terrasse. Parking is between €4 and €5 per day.

A taxi from the town center to Pampelonne will cost about €30.

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There's ample space to throw down your towel and enjoy Pampelonne Plage for free. The private beach restaurants only take up a portion of the beach area. Any space not already colonized by beach chairs or mattresses is yours. You may be thigh to thigh at the height of the summer season but off-season there's plenty of space.

Facilities

Outdoor showers are spaced further apart than they are on other Riviera beaches. There are public WCs and showers near the access points of Tamaris, Patch and Barraques. It's usually not a problem to dash into one of the private beach clubs to use the facilities if necessary.

Naturism

There are two "clothing optional" public beaches: between Tamaris and Patch entrances and at the chemin des Barraques entrance. The private beach club Neptune is also naturist. Topless sunbathing is an option everywhere.

First-Aid

There are three first-aid stations at the Tamaris, Patch and Bonne Terrasse entrances with lifeguards on duty from mid-June to mid-September.

Sports

Sun Force at Tamaris entrance and Kaupo at Patch and Team Water Sports at Barraques are the places to rent kayaks, jet skiis and other equipment from April to September.

Private Beach Clubs

With the recent closing of the celebrated (some would say infamous) Voile Rouge, there are now 26 beach- restaurants where you can contemplate the waves, dine, drink, show off or sleep from a comfortable lounge chair and/or mattress. Most of the "beach clubs" where celebrities, oligarchs, princes, presidents and models come to relax were constructed during the 50s and 60s and are still going strong. Although called "beach clubs", there's no membership required, only the price of lounge chair/umbrella rental (about €30, depending on the season).

Each establishment has its own ambiance. The queen of the clubs is undoubtedly Nikki Beach with its own pool, normally ringed by young clubbers recuperating from the night before. Technically, Nikki Beach is not a beach club as it is installed a few dozen meters away from the beach. Also well-known is Club 55 which manages to be hip, relaxed, chic and welcoming at the same time. It's a good place for celebrity-spotting. At the other end of the spectrum and at the southern end of the beach is the funky L'Esquinade beach with a low-key ambience and modest prices. Generally, the beach-restaurants at the southern end are more informal and slightly cheaper.

List

Here are the beach clubs arranged from north to south and grouped by entrance.

Route de Tahiti

Tropezina BeachTropezina (tel 04 94 97 36 78)
Open for lunch January to mid-November; dinner in July/August
Menu: Mediterranean/fish

 

Tropezina BeachTabou Beach Club
Open for lunch March to December; dinner in July/August, June weekends
Wifi available
Menu: Provençal, Asian

Tropezina BeachBar du Soleil (tel 04 94 79 66 87)
Open for lunch April to September
Menu: grilled fish, homemade fries

 

Tropezina BeachTahiti
Open for lunch April to mid-October
Pampelonne's oldest and most historic beach club
Wifi, wheelchair accessible
Menu: Provençal

Chemin des Moulins

Tropezina BeachBora Bora Beach
Open for lunch late March to early October
Wifi
Menu: French, Italian, Asian

Tropezina BeachMooréa Plage
Open for lunch April to September
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, family friendly
Menu: Provençal

Chemin des Tamaris

Tropezina BeachLe Lagon
Open for lunch mid-April to mid-October
Wifi, wheelchair accessible
Menu: Provençal, fusion, sushi

Tropezina BeachPago Pago
(tel 04 94 79 84 46)
Open for lunch May to early October
Menu: Provençal, fish


Tropezina BeachManoah Beach (tel 0 94 79 80 62)
Open for lunch early April to mid-October, dinner July/August
Wifi, interior air-conditioning, boat shuttle from town
Menu: Mediterranean, fish, seafood

Tropezina BeachNeptune Plage (tel 04 94 79 81 52)
Open for lunch June-September, weekends only off-season
Naturist, wifi
Menu: grilled fish

Tropezina BeachTiki Beach
Open for lunch and dinner April to October
Wifi, wheelchair accessible
Menu: Fish, meat, salad, pizza

Boulevard Patch

Tropezina BeachClub 55
Open for lunch March to early November, Christmas and New Year's week.
Menu: French, Mediterranean, fish

 

Tropezina BeachCap 21-Les Murènes
Open for lunch April to October
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, boat shuttle
Menu: Mediterranean, fusion, Asian

Tropezina BeachKey West Beach
Open for lunch all year, dinner in July/August
Wifi, boutique, massages
Menu: French, Mediterranean, Thai, sushi

Tropezina BeachMaison Ocoa Plage (tel 04 94 79 89 80)
Open for lunch May to September, weekends in April
Wifi, boat shuttle
Menu: Mediterranean

Tropezina BeachPlage L’Orangerie
Open for lunch later April to early October, breakfast and dinner July/August
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, massage, boat shuttle
Menu: Mediterranean, fish

Tropezina BeachNioulargo
Open for lunch and dinner April to mid-October
Menu: Mediterranean, Asian

Chemin des Barraques

Tropezina BeachLa Plage des Jumeaux
Open for lunch all year
Wifi, air-conditioning, car and boat shuttle
Menu: Provençal, grilled fish

Tropezina BeachPlage Polynésie (tel 04 94 79 82 62)
Open for lunch late April to September
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, shuttle

 

Tropezina BeachBagatelle
Open for lunch late April to September
Menu: Mediterranean


Tropezina BeachLes Palmiers
(tel 04 94 79 82 70)
Open for lunch late March to early October
Menu: Fresh fish


Tropezina BeachAqua Club (tel 04 94 79 84 35)
Open for lunch early May to early October, dinner in July/August
Wheelchair accessible, boat and car shuttles
Menu: Italian

Route de Bonne Terrasse

Tropezina BeachCabane Bambou
Open for lunch April to mid-October, dinner July/August
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, massages
Menu: French, Mediterranean

Tropezina BeachL’ Esquinade
Open for lunch all year, dinner June-September (tel 04 94 79 83 42)
Wifi, wheelchair accessible
Menu: Fish, seafood

Tropezina BeachTropicana
Open for lunch May to mid-October
Wifi, wheelchair accessible boat and car shuttles
Menu: Provençal, fish

Tropezina BeachLes Bronzés
Open for lunch April to early October, dinner July/August
Wifi, wheelchair accessible, massages
Menu: Provençal

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