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Beaches -- The hottest Riviera beaches are at St-Tropez. The best for families are closest to the center, including Plage de la Bouillabaisse and Plage des Salins. More daring and infinitely more famous is the 5km (3-mile) crescent of Plage de Pampelonne, about 10km (6 1/4 miles) from town. Here, around 35 hedonistic beach clubs dot the sand. Overtly decadent is Club 55 (www.club55.fr; tel. 04-94-55-55-55), a former Bardot hangout, while the American-run Nikki Beach (www.nikkibeach.com; tel. 04-94-79-82-04) is younger and more understated, if painfully chic. Gay-friendly Aqua Club (tel. 04-94-79-84-35) and bare-all Plage de Tahiti (www.tahiti-beach.com; tel. 04-94-97-18-02) are extremely welcoming.

You’ll need a car, bike, or scooter to get from town to Plage de Pampelonne. Parking is around 10€ for the day. More than anywhere else on the Riviera, topless bathing is the norm.

Boating -- In St-Tropez port, Octopussy (www.octopussy.fr; tel. 04-94-56-53-10) rents boats 5 to 16m (16–52 ft.) long. Larger ones come with a captain at the helm. Prices begin at 320€ per day.

Diving -- Multilingual scuba training and equipment rental is available from the European Diving School (www.europeandiving.com; tel. 04-94-79-90-37), on Plage de Pampelonne. Regular dives, including all equipment, cost 38€.

Wine-tasting -- The St-Tropez peninsula is justly famed for its white and rosé vintages. Wine Tours Provence (www.winetoursprovence.com; tel. 06-17-14-43-41) organize half- and full-day expeditions starting in place des Lices and visiting up to 3 local wineries for tastings in the company of an experienced oënologue. Tours of the “Côte de Provence” and “Coteaux d’Aix” appellations are also offered. Call for pricing.

The wider Provence area produces 8% of the world’s rosé. Route des Vins’ (www.routedesvins-svp.com; tel. 06-52-97-84-04) half-day tour concentrates on 3 or 4 assuredly local vineyards, with tasting sessions in each. Tours cost 90€ per person for a minimum of two guests. Alternatively, rent a car and strike out on your own. The peninsula is littered with friendly vineyards of all descriptions. Particularly welcoming is Chateau Minuty, 2491 route de la Berle (www.chateauminuty.com; tel. 04-94-56-12-09). They offer complimentary wine tasting sessions to guests who plan to buy at least a bottle or two.

 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.