The best beaches in France

Tripadvisor has released its list of the top 10 beaches in France as part of its inaugural Travelers’ Choice Awards.

See for yourself:

10.Antibes, France

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


9.Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

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


8. Saint-Malo, France

“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


7. Calvi, France

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


6. St-Tropez, France

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


5. Juan-les-Pins, France

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


4. Cannes, France

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


3. Nice, France

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


2. Biarritz, France

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


1. Porto-Vecchio, France

Despite its pure white sand beaches lapped by brilliant turquoise water, Tripadvisor reports this beach isn’t yet overrun by tourists.

Beaches: PalombaggiaCala Rossa |  Santa Giulia Beach