Tripadvisor has released its list of the top 10 beaches in France as part of its inaugural Travelers’ Choice Awards.
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After a day at the beach, Tripadvisor recommends making a point of exploring Antibes’ Old Town, called by some the cultural heart of the Côte d’Azur.
Beaches: Plage de la Gravette | Plage du Ponteil | Plage de le Salis
The village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz combines Basque charm with pleasant, family-friendly beaches on the bay.
Beaches: La Grande Plage | Plage d’Erromardie
“Walk the bustling streets of the reconstructed old city and the vast beaches, making sure to stop at the Grande Porte, Porte St-Vincent, the town’s castle with its Musée de la Ville and the Grand Aquarium,” recommends Tripadvisor.
Beaches: Plage du Mole | Grande Plage | Plage de Bon Secours
With more than 600 miles of coastline, Corsica has beaches to rival the Côte d’Azur, with Calvi nestled in the northwest.
Beaches: Calvi Beach
Nestled along the French Rivieria and a short drive from Nice or Cannes, St-Tropez is one of the liveliest towns along the coast during the summer. Vacationers delight in the sand beaches, culture, gourmet food and a hot nightlife.
Beaches: Plage de Tahiti | Plage de Pampelonne
JLP is described as a youthful summer destination that revolves around sunbathing, casinos, nightclubs, and staying out late. The ultimate beach party town.
Beaches: Juan-les-Pins Beach
Even when it’s not film festival time, Cannes is the place to be. Tripadvisor gives Cannes top marks for its inviting sands and 300 days of sunshine a year, which make sunbathing a popular sport here.
Beaches: Plage de la Croisette
While the city’s signature attraction is the Promenade des Anglais, Tripadvisor notes that “a walk up to Castle Hill is rewarded with a vista of the city, the Bay of Angels, pebbled beaches and the azure water that gives the Cote d’Azur its name.”
Beaches: Plage Publique de Beau Rivage | Castel Plage
According to Tripadvisor, Biarritz may lack the Riviera’s glitz, but you will find “affluent vacationers in designer gear and surfers in flip-flops, and hear French, Spanish and Basque” in this stylish beach town.
Beaches: Grand Plage | Côte des Basques
Despite its pure white sand beaches lapped by brilliant turquoise water, Tripadvisor reports this beach isn’t yet overrun by tourists.