Access to the nearest railway station is at St-Raphaël. For information about the buses that run frequently between St-Raphaël and Ste-Maxime, and from Ste-Maxime on to St-Tropez, call VarLib (tel. 04-94-24-60-00; www.varlib.fr). One-way passage between Ste-Maxime and either St-Raphaël or St-Tropez costs around 2€ per person.
The best way of getting from Ste-Maxime to St-Tropez is by boat. If you're headed to Ste-Maxime from St-Tropez (except Jan to mid-Feb and Nov to mid-Dec), a daily ferryboat service (transit time: 15 min.) costs 7€ per person, each way. For information about these boats, contact Les Bâteaux Verts, 14 quai Léon-Condroyer (tel. 04-94-49-29-39; www.bateauxverts.com).
If you're driving from Cannes, take the A8 motorway before cutting south at exit 38 onto the D37 towards Fréjus, then briefly on the D98b around Fréjus before reaching the D1098 that takes you all the way to Sainte-Maxime.
The Office de Tourisme is on 1 promenade Simon-Lorière (tel. 04-94-55-75-55; www.ste-maxime.com).
From January to March, Sainte-Maxime joins other towns across the Var in celebrating mimosa, the canary-yellow member of the acacia family that arrived in southern France in the 19th century. Events include flower battles, carnival parades, markets, and "Miss Mimosa" competitions. For more information on the Mimosa Festival, visit www.ste-maxime.com.
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.