Port of Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez has long been a hot spot for the international elite. Matisse once called it France’s “little nook of paradise”. Brigitte Bardot bought a house here and made it an international hot spot overnight. Celebrities from Picasso to Armani to Jay-Z to Leo Dicaprio to Bono, have flocked here for the Summer.

But, despite its fame, the famous seaside town, which used to be a fishing village, is full of unique French charm. It has tiny decorated cobblestone streets, peach-colored buildings, hidden plazas and beautiful vineyards. In the off-season, the village has only about 5,600 residents. But, in the summer, it attracts more than 80,000 visitors.

Saint Tropez Weather – When to Visit

If you’re going to St. Tropez for the beaches, then July and August are the best months to go. This is peak tourist season so the city will be crowded during the summer months. The temperatures average in the 80's during the daytime, and down to the mid 60's during the night. Since it is located on the Mediterranean, Saint Tropez generally has a mild climate through most of the year.

Spring and autumn both offer good weather as well, with temperatures in the 70's during the day, and the high 40's at night. If you plan on traveling to Saint Tropez in the winter, daytime temperatures average in the 50's during the day. So whether you are visiting the Port of Saint Tropez in the summer or for Christmas break, St. Tropez makes for quite an inviting destination.

Best Beach Clubs of Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez boasts the wonderful Pampelonne beach, with more than 5 km of beautiful white sand. Hollywood stars will spend there summer vacations here to enjoy the clear waters and miles of sandy beaches that have made Saint Tropez one of the world’s top vacation destinations. Pampelonne boasts some of the coolest and most sophisticated private beach clubs which are definitely worth a visit. Here are the top beach clubs:

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Nikki Beach Club

You’ll find Saint Tropez’s in crowd bronzing themselves on over-sized plush daybeds, sipping exotic cocktails and chilling to the all-day tunes of Nikki Beach’s world-class DJs. The bar serves some of the best Champagnes, showcasing the top offerings from the famous French region. Perrier-Jouët, Dom Pérignon, Krug and Cristal headline the menu. Telephone: 33 4 94 79 82 04 Web: Nikki Beach

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Club 55 Beach Club

The place where the rich, the famous and the wannabe's of Saint Tropez will be hanging out during the summer months. With a casual style and everything you can possibly want in a beach club the legendary Club 55 had been open since it's creation in 1955. It's philosophy is summed up in one sentence, “Here the customer is not the king…because he's a friend.” Telephone: 33 4 94 55 55 55 Web: Club 55

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Tahiti Beach Club

The oldest beach club (est 1946) fronts a hotel of the same name and appeals to more mature types, in an exclusive sort of way. You can't miss it. It's right at the northern end of Pampelonne and distinguished by bright orange parasols laid out on the sands in military formation. Alongside a good gastronomic restaurant, it offers two bars, a pizzeria and self-service eatery. Telephone: 33 4 94 97 18 02 Web: Tahiti Beach

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Moorea Beach Club

A legendary, undisputed venue with a friendly atmosphere. Here, time stands still. Quite simply, you feel good,, you can walk with your feet in the sand, relax with friends or family, enjoy the sun… with a great view of the Mediterranean of course. From wellness to well being, this is also the perfect lace for relaxation and fitness. You can also get everything that you might need from the boutique – from high fashion to one-off pieces. Telephone: 33 4 94 97 18 17 Web: Moorea

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Cabane Bambou Beach Club

A haven of peace located on the famous Pampelonne beach, La Cabane Bambou offers mythical and warm setting in a relaxed atmosphere. Alongside the bar area you will also find a boutique and massage area to help you relax and make the most of your holiday. The beach restaurant welcomes you in a relaxed, floral area, where you can enjoy a fruity cocktail with friends before taking your table in the new restaurant. The menu offers a wide selection of salads, risottos, meat and you can enjoy a grilled fish as the catch of the day. Telephone: 33 4 94 79 84 13 Web: Cabane Bambou

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Best Saint Tropez Tours & Activities

Marseille Shore Excursion: Private Full-Day Tour in Aix en Provence – winery and Cassis

Explore the lively artist’s village of Cassis and sample its unique charms on this 4-hour tour from Marseille. Stroll around the historic fishing village, enjoy a wine tasting of local white and rose wines, then take a scenic cruise around the coast, admiring dramatic views of the UNESCO-listed calanques (inlets). Read more about the Full-Day Tour in Aix en Provence Winery & Cassis

Day Trip to Hyères Le Lavandou and Saint Tropez from Marseille

Join the jet set of Saint-Tropez on this private day trip from Marseille. You can relax with the convenience of a personal driver who serves as a guide for your private party. Visit the medieval town of Hyères on the Mediterranean coast, dating back to Roman times; admire scenic views from Le Lavandou and the citadel of Saint-Tropez; then discover the eponymous town. Pickup and drop-off included. Read more about the Day Trip to Hyeres Le Lavandou & Saint Tropez.

Private Day Trip to Le Castellet Cassis and Marseille

See the highlights of Marseille, Cassis, and the Provencal coast on this full-day shore excursion. Meet your guide at the Marseille port and board a private vehicle. Your first stop is the charming village of Le Castellet. Continue to the seaside city of Cassis, which you’ll have free time to explore, and from which you can go on an optional boat tour (own expense). Next, enjoy panoramic views from Cap Canaille before finishing in Marseille. Read more about the Private Day Trip to Le Castellet Cassis & Marseille.

Half-day Small Group Tour to Aix-en-Provence and Cassis from Marseille

Explore the quintessential Provencal town of Aix-en-Provence and the UNESCO-listed calanques (inlets) of Cassis on this 5-hour tour from Marseille. Enjoy a taste of Provence on a guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence and sample local specialties at a typical Provençal market. Then, set sail for a 45-minute cruise along the dramatic coast of Cassis, before drinking in the views from Cape Canaille, Europe’s highest sea cliff. Read more about the Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Tour.

Provence Tour

Enjoy and taste the Best of Provence with this full day tailor made tour. Spend your day in the most beautiful cities of Provence, in its National Parks or in the countryside. Enjoy the private guided tour of your choice among the Provence Tour options. Read more about the Provence Tour.

Best Saint Tropez Restaurants

B Restaurant

Breakfast in the shade of lemon trees, lunch by the pool, cocktails at sunset, dinner on the terrace, a hunger pang during the night… whatever time, day or night, le “B.” will grant your slightest whim. Telephone: 33 4 94 56 68 00 Web: B Restaurant

La Vague d’Or $31 – 60

With three MICHELIN stars, five toques and a 19/20 rating by Gault & Millau, La Vague d’Or invites guests on a magical journey between land and sea every evening. Every evening, La Vague d'Or invites curious diners to a nightly symphony featuring the flavours of Provence. Chef Arnaud Donckele presides over the orchestra of chefs and service Ambassaders, a master alchemist of textures and taste. Telephone: 33 4 94 55 91 00
Web: La Vague d'Or

Gandhi $11 – 30

As soon as you enter the restaurant, you will be completely immersed in an unusual atmosphere, perfect for a change of scenery. Gandhi offers a cuisine made with fresh products and Indian spices of very good quality. She will introduce you to the chef's specialty: tandoori and  Indian curry. Telephone: 04 94 97 71 71 Web: Gandhi

L’Auberge des Maures $31 – 60

This Provencal house is the oldest restaurant in town and is renowned for its gourmet food as well as its wonderful terrace in summer and welcoming warmth with an open fire in winter. Only open for dinner, expect to find beef, lamb, duck, fish and seafood on set menus of three courses. Telephone: 33 4 94 97 01 50 Web: L'Auberge des Maures

Senequier $31 – 60

Café Senequier has been open since 1887. Attracting the rich and famous as well as passers by, it is the perfect place to take in some of the atmosphere for which St Tropez is so well known. Do some yacht spotting and watch the world go by from the terrace. A selection of patisseries are served all day. Telephone: 33 4 94 97 20 20 Web: Senequier

Best Saint Tropez Nightlife

Ice Kube Bar

Set just below the Kube Hotel lays one of the coolest and majestic bars of all time. With multi-colored LEDs that bounce of the towering ice sculptures, the ambiance here is unreal. When you arrive, you can expect to receive a large Parka to help you stave off the rather cool temperatures. Once the entry fee is paid, you will then receive 4 vodka-based cocktails of your choosing. Booking is essential. Telephone: 33 4 94 97 20 00 Web: Ice Kube Bar

Chez Maggy

Located just behind the Port, on a quaint yet busy little street is Chez Maggy. This is known to be a quirky bar that is renowned for its lively nights, most notably the themed evenings and live music that takes place on a Sunday of each week. With go-go girls dancing away until the early hours, you can start to understand why this place gets quite busy. Telephone: 33 4 83 09 14 23 Web: Chez Maggy

Kelly's Pub

Kelly’s Irish Bar provides a welcome space where casual dress is encouraged, and exceptionally reasonably priced drinks are served throughout the evening. This is a great place to enjoy a great view out over the port from their terrace. They have a very varied range of drinks, and prices are great compared with other Saint Tropez bars. Telephone: 33 4 94 54 89 11 Web: Kelly's Pub

Maison Blanche Champagne Bar

As you can tell from the name, they only serve champagne here, and all of it of the best quality. It even has a limited number of Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1921 bottles as part of its luxurious collection. This is a great spot where you can sit back and relax in the serene, white-washed courtyard next to the beautiful 18th-century fountain. Telephone: 33 04 94 97 52 66

Bar Du Port

The Bar Du Port is the perfect place to take evening drinks in a romantic yet lively spot. It offers superb views looking out at the ocean. During the day it's a little seaside café, and transforms into a party venue at night. The DJ is turning things up and frequently plays funky house music that will move your whole body! Telephone: 33 4 94 97 00 54 Web: Bar Du Port

Best Saint Tropez Hotels

Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez

With elegant rooms and suites, a suspended glass-bottomed swimming pool, several restaurants – “Le PATIONATA” and “Les TOITS LOUNGE” inspired by Provencal, Mediterranean cuisines.- And the hedonistic Clarins spa, your time here can only be unique. All areas of the hotel have been equipped with the ultimate in technology, the very latest invisible venue and room automation solutions and everything you need to keep in touch with the world.

Muse Saint Tropez / Ramatuelle

The chic retreat reflects architectural simplicity with its pure lines coupled by a meandering water source that refreshes beautiful terraced gardens, weaving around a stylish bar and a charming mill inspired reception area. Its fourteen luxuriously appointed suites lie nestled around the enchanting garden, each dedicated to famous muses and characteristically individual in decor and ambience, opening onto a private garden, terrace and plunge pool in selected suites.

Château de la Messardière

Château de la Messardière offers magnificent panoramic views over the Bay of Saint-Tropez, vineyards of Ramatuelle and beaches of Pampelonne. Located just 3 minutes from the sea and Saint-Tropez town centre, this authentic 19th-century castle, bordered by 25-acre grounds, is an exceptional vacation choice. The refined 465 m² Valmont and Cinq Mondes Spa is combined with a fitness center with pool, Jacuzzi, steam baths, and high-tech exercise and cardio-training machines. All 57 suites and 60 rooms have balconies or private gardens. 

Kube Saint Tropez

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Kube Saint-Tropez's modern architecture and perfect location less than 5 minutes away from the city. The cuisine, exquisite. The choices are healthy, creative, delicate and tasty at the same time. This 2 hectare resort offers 3 outdoor pools, 2 of which are heated, a gym with TechnoGym equipment and open 24/7, a Carita Spa with sauna and steam room, and finally the Sky Bar.

La Bastide des Salins

This hotel is a paradise in Saint-Tropez, and welcomes you in a Provencal setting that combines modernity and refinement. Located 600 meters from the beach and less than 4 km from the center of Saint-Tropez, the hotel is ideally located. The 14 rooms including 4 suites are decorated in a contemporary style, and all have balconies or private terraces.

26 Comments

  1. MissusB

    St. Tropez is definitely a charming place fit for regales and elites. Fortunately as of present, it’s beauty can easily be accessed by people who are fond of the Mediterranean waves. I would like to experience walking in all those perfect sandy beaches with all the locals and tourists parading everywhere. To be honest, Tahiti beach is what I look forward the most. I know there will be a lot of places to go at St. Tropez aside from all the beaches. I’m all interested into whatever kind of tour activity available. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome!  Thanks for visiting my Port of Saint Tropez post.

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  2. Ann

    Hi! I have been wanting to go to Pampelonne beach for a long time. I have been enchanted looking at pictures of members of my family walking its white sand beach. But I can stop dreaming now. Today I’ll be able to book a reservation for next year. I’m excited! I have also hear about all the celebs that go (and have gone) there: Bono, DiCaprio, Picasso…

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, you can definitely mingle with the celebrities.  How great.  Enjoy!

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  3. Scott Hinkle

    Thank you for this excellent introduction to Saint Tropez!

    I like to take at least one major trip each year and Saint Tropez is on the list of places to hit.

    That said, it’s only on the list because it’s one of those hot destinations.  I really don’t know much about it.

    You’ve provided a lot of information here.  I can pretty much plan an itinerary just based off of this post, LOL.  Restaurants are where I’d focus much of my time.  When I travel, I want to experience amazing local food.

    I happen to be an avid sailor.  Do you know if there’s a boat rental operation there?  Usually, I grab a large monohull or catamaran and that is my “hotel” as well.

    Thanks again,

    Scott

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds amazing Scott.  I have not done the boat charter yet, but what a way to stay!  If you go here, you’ll find a list of boats (sailboats, yachts) that you can charter.  I want to know how your vacation goes 🙂

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  4. Andrew

    Hi Leahrae,

    I’ve just read your article on the Port of St Tropez and I really enjoyed it. St Tropez looks lovely and I would love to go there some day. I have a couple of questions for you: which of the hotels would you recommend for children and do you know which airport would be best to land in from the UK? Thanks in advance, Andrew

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Andrew,  I would stay at Chateau de la Messardiere with the family.  They will have the right accommodations to make all your family comfortable and they will enjoy the pools.  Doesn’t matter really where you are flying from, you will want to land in La Môle.  This is Saint Tropez’s airport.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  5. shelley

    port of saint lopez would really be awesome to explore. In the first instance, I like the setting and the appearance and outlay of this place. Seriously, it looks like a little paradise that is way beyond just anything I could use words to describe. It covers virtually anything and everything we can ever hope for from such a location as this place. Truly a beauty to stay in

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I totally agree Shelley!  Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

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  6. los

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for your article on the Port of Saint Tropez. I really enjoyed reading it and learned a lot. Saint Tropez seems like a very beautiful place to travel to. I am not 100% sure yet where exactly I want to go, but I certainly want to visit Saint Tropez. This article gave me many insights into which places to go and which I don’t want to go to.

    Keep up the great work!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great I hope I persuaded you!  You will love it in Saint Tropez.  Especially if you enjoy beaches 🙂

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  7. Russ Green

    Saint-tropex is yet another gorgeous place that I have never visited and I have to confess that I really would love to go there, you always make these destinations look so tempting and attractive, it makes deciding which one to go to first very difficult, I am only able to manage one holiday per year and this years is already booked, so next years looks like being Saint-tropex, thank you for showing this gorgeous destination. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Russ.  I think you will enjoy Saint Tropez for a vacation.  I look forward to hearing where your next vacation is 🙂

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  8. Michel

    Saint Tropez looks idyllic and looking at these pictures right now just makes me realise how much I need a holiday.

    The Morea Beach Club would probably do for my hang out most of the day, but just so I don’t get too bored I would like to go on some of the excursions, like the one to the medieval town of Hyères or even the  guided walking tour of Aix-en-Provence.

    I will definitely be looking at your list of hotel recommendations for my next trip.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Michel.  Yes, the Moorea Beach Club is a great beach club.  You will enjoy.  It does get crowded during peak season, but that makes it more fun!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  9. jessetoikkanen

    Great article about the port of saint tropez! I have been there once but it was a working trip and I had very little time to focus on all of those great things available there. I would like to travel there again without any workload and visit those beach clubs and maybe some winerys as well. I don’t usually book travel packages with beforehand planned schedule so I like to choose the places I go and usually choosing something where most tourists do not go. However, bookmarked this for further use, thanks for sharing. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Jesse.  Yes, I am kind of the same way.  I shy away from tour packages and like to do my own thing.  But it is nice to plan ahead and know which places you definitely want to stop at.  So I am glad you enjoyed my top picks.  Sounds like a true vacation to Saint Tropez is in order!

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  10. John

    Saint Lopez is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have seen. I guess God has really blessed us with a place as beautiful as France because they have awesome cities. The tours you have selected in here seem to be all very top notch. I think I really need to give them a try. Thank you for giving all this information on saint Tropez.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome John.  Yes, they are all customer top selected Viator trips that I feel are the essence of the area and the tours to try.  Yes, France is beautiful.  I hope you can enjoy it soon!

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  11. DreaJay

    I’ve to read about Saint Tropez but not as extensive as this and I think it’s really interesting to know about such a nice place. France is blessed with so many amazing destinations and Saint Tropez is one of the ones I like, I’ve never considered visiting the place with my family because I didn’t know more about it, but now I’m really anticipating visiting Saint Tropez.  I love beaches and my wife does too and this will place will be good place to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Thanks for sharing this useful article, it’s of great help to me. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would say this would be a great place to celebrate your wedding anniversary.  I would say that your wife would be elated to vacation here 🙂  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  12. Rodarrick

    Port of saint tropez has got something for everyone to get us all covered. From the night crawlers to the daily living, it is just a haven of pure beauty. I’m really surprised by the fact that i have never heard of this before or seen it in any magazine that i have read. But then, it feels nice o know about a place as awesome as this. I feel one might actually go on a holiday in  a place like this. It would be a destination trip. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes it would be a destination trip Rodarrick.  It is a place that certainly does have something for everyone.  Let me know when you are ready to take the plunge and plan your trip.  I would love to help 🙂

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  13. Henderson

    Wow, there is so much here. You know, it is the first time I am hearing about this particular destination but it looks like a must go for me because if all its beauties. The beach looks so good and there are a lot of other goodies to grab around here. I am happy that hou have shared this. I will look to be here in my next vacation. How is the people in relations to tourists?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh in Saint Tropez, they cater to the tourist.  They will welcome you with open arms.  I am surprised you had not heard of Saint Tropez.  It is a great destination that I think everyone should have on their bucket list 🙂

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