From the 2nd to the 12th of July 2015 the International Polo Cup, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the Polo Club in St Tropez, takes place. The tournament is registered in the international calendar of the World Polo Tour and, thus, allows players to score points for the world ranking of the sport.
If it’s an all-over suntan, total self-acceptance, or for just a quick skinny dip with a friend, a nudist beach might be what you are looking for this coming summer. Why go nudist?
Here are the 10 top reasons why people generally go nudist:
- To feel natural and emotionally free
- To appreciate beautiful bodies
- Not to be conformed to clothed society
- To swim naked feels great
- Naturism is fun and an experience
- Self-acceptance of your body
- To compare you body to others
- The sun is an aphrodisiac
- To get an all-over body tan
- Vitamin D to your skin – increase of immune system
Saint Tropez on the French Riviera hosts many naturist beaches with locals, and other sun lovers heading down to get naked on a daily basis. The French have a real attitude of ‘each to their own’ so ‘textiles’ are not anti-nudist and you don’t have to worry about baring all in the right places. Here are the best nudist beaches in Saint Tropez if not on the whole South French coast.
If you are aiming for mass social nudism, there is an expansive nudist beach and active naturist community in the centre of Saint Tropez’s famous Pampelonne Beach in Ramatuelle. The main ‘clothing-optional’ beach is in front of Toison D’Or Campsite; driving – take a left off Route des Plages and on Boulevard de Tamaris and park in the parking behind private naturist restaurant Neptune Beach. The beach is very busy but offers an amazing sand beach, clean water that gets deeper very slowly. If you want a sun lounger for the day ask at Neptune Beach. There is another naturist beach on Pampelonne at Chemin des Barraques entrance close to La Plage des Jumeaux and in front of Nikki Beach to the left as you face the sea.
For the most amazing skinny dip in Saint Tropez if not in France head to Escalet nature reserve in Ramatuelle. Escalet Beach has the real azur-coloured water and you can find many Mediterranean fish in the sea especially in the morning. There are lots of creeks and inlets to discover snorkeling and the walking trails would suit anyone and their dog looking for a good trek. Escalet is protected by the Conservatoire National du Littoral which keeps the rocks and beaches clean and disallows any building so you really get a feel you are back in nature. There are two trails high on the cliffs that run from the main Escalet beach towards the Cap Lardier. The naturists are found on the sea-front lounging on big flat rocks that stretch into the clear turquoise waters. To access the area you will need to turn right at Escalet beach and drive up past the villas to a small parking right at the end (you may have to pay for parking in season). From here you can either turn right or left and walk along the beach and cliff passes until you find the right spot. There is an enormous almost white naturist beach called the Plage de la Briande if you walk far enough around the Cap Lardier. There is also Plage de Cap Taillat which is small but actually faces two stretches of water. Plage de la Douane and the Crique de la Douane are also good to explore. Pack a pack lunch and remember walking shoes and of course your all-over body sun tan lotion.
Gigaro is another famous natural beach in La Croix Valmer 10 minutes from Saint Tropez. Many nudists are found a bit further from the main Gigaro beach often on the rocks, and on the Plage des Brouis a fair way along the sentier du littoral or there is a more direct path in the forest behind the water’s edge. The Plage de Brouis has a good naked community. The rocks, beaches and general atmosphere at Gigaro is definitely the wildest of these naturist beaches. If you like a good walk, like small little inlets with amazing places to hide and be discreet then Gigaro is the place to get in the nude. The beaches are also backed by forests which adds to the remoteness. The water is very clean and the sunsets here are worth the wait at the end of the day.
Le Layet Beach in Le Lavandou
Another fantastic sunning location in the Saint Tropez area is the Plage de La Layet after Cavalière and just before Le Lavandou. With awesome seaviews from a parking at the top of the cliff (get there early) there are lots of little paths that lead down to a secret creek and two secret beaches either side of the promontory (pointe de Layet) which is populated with rocks where you can sunbathe naked in peace. There is also the main beach to the left of the Calanques de Layet which is much more busy where you can meet other naturists and get more info about the area and other local spots. The water is crystal-clear with large flat stones to dive off and explore with a mask and snorkel.
When you live full time in one of the most beautiful corners of the world like Saint Tropez, it is often difficult to be objective about its qualities.
For example, those of us who work at St Tropez House, leading providers of luxury villas for rent and for sale in the Saint Tropez area, think that there’s nowhere else like it on the planet.
We’ve got the best bars, the best restaurants and without doubt the best beaches of anywhere in the South of France at our fingertips and within a short meander from all of our luxury rentals in Saint Tropez.
But if you think we are too subjective, why not look at the following article published recently in the Daily Telegraph, which lists the string of beautiful beaches near to our exclusive portfolio of exceptional properties.
- Top spot on the Telegraph’s list of best beaches in Saint Tropez is the world famous Pampelonne Beach, situated a ten minute drive from the centre of Saint Tropez but much closer to some of our waterfront properties for rent. Here you will find a long stretch of white sand punctuated with some of the coolest, most happening beach bars in the world such as Club 55, Nikki Beach and Tahiti Beach.
- Plage La Glaya comes in a number two. This small intimate cove is near the oldest part of Saint Tropez village and a great place to come for a quick dip if you are renting one of our more central luxury villas in Saint Tropez.
- Plage La Ponche is another central beach close to the centre of Saint Tropez.
- Plage de la Fontanette is the third charming small beach close to the port of Saint Tropez and ideal for a refreshing swim before heading in to town for a look at the boutiques.
- Plage de la Bouillabaisse is situated on the road out of Saint Tropez, beyond the port and car park. The views from here across the bay to the Maurés mountains are particularly beautiful.
- Plage des Graniers is located a short walk from Saint Tropez along the Sentier du Littoral. The beach is surrounded by beautiful sweet-smelling pines and has a rustic charm. It is also entirely public, with an excellent restaurant.
- Plage des Salins is a short drive from the centre of Saint Tropez but nearer to the heart of the village than Pampelonne. The beach here is wilder and more remote than its more famous neighbor, but just as beautiful.
- Plage de l’Escalet is a delightful beach about six miles from Saint Tropez, hidden down a bumpy unpaved road with little in the way of signposting. But when you get there, it is worth the journey, with stunning views, intimate caves and azure blue sea.
The US Navy Destroyer USS NITZE will be in Villefranche Sur Mer next week and MonacoUSA members and friends are invited to tour the ship on Tuesday March 27 at 15h30.
The exclusive onboard visit is limited to 30 people so, if you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday