These are the most expensive beaches in France

Etretat in Seine-Maritime is home to one of Frances most expensive beaches © Thinkstockoutcast85 Thi

Etretat in Seine-Maritime is home to one of Frances most expensive beaches © Thinkstockoutcast85 Thinkstockphotos - Credit: Archant

Be prepared to splash the cash (or take your own supplies!) if you’re planning to visit one of these 12 French beaches – they all made the list of the world’s most expensive beaches!

For many people, a trip to France wouldn’t be complete without a day at the beach. And from the Atlantic waves of the west to the sun-drenched beaches in the south, beach-lovers in France are spoilt for choice. But all those ice creams, lidos and beers can soon add up. In their 2017 Beach Price Index Travelbird listed 310 of the world’s most expensive beaches from over 70 countries, ranked by the price of a typical day at the seaside taking the price of things like sunscreen, water, ice cream beer and lunch into consideration. A total of 12 beaches in France were included on the list. Read on to find out why they’re worth the extra euro...

1. Port Grimaud, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – costs £30.23

Located between St-Tropez and Ste-Maxime, Port Grimaud is home to a beautiful, sandy beach. Supervised in season, you’re not likely to get bored here quickly – there’s everything from waterskiing to snorkelling and scuba diving. And of course you could always just stretch out on the golden stretch of sand for a spot of sunbathing!


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2. Plage de Santa Giulia, Corsica – costs £30.10

South of Porto-Vecchio, Plage de Santa Giulia is known for its lagoon with clear blue waters – on the other side of it you’ll find myriad fauna and flora native to Corsica. Or you could just stay lounging on the fine white sand. The beach is gently sloping and so is ideal for children. However at an average of £2.38, parents mightn’t be so thrilled at the price of ice cream.

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3. Palombaggia beach, Corsica – costs £29.01

Flanked by hillside, Palombaggia beach in Corsica is a protected nature site and so is regularly cleaned, leaving its landscape of powdery golden sand and clear blue waters in pristine condition. There are lots of snack bars to keep you going throughout your day at the beach and sun beds that you can hire. Sea excursions are also available from the beach that takes you to the Gulf of Vecchio, Cerbicales Islands and Lavezzi.

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4. Paloma Plage, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – costs £28.99

‘Welcome to paradise’ read many of the captions on pictures of Paloma beach. Located in the exclusive peninsula of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Paloma is a seasonal private beach that hosts many family-orientated gatherings – lots of weddings, engagement parties and birthdays take place here and it’s not hard to see why.


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5. Bray Dunes, Nord, Hauts-de-France – costs £28.65

Sitting on the Opal Coast, Bray Dunes is surrounded by sand dunes and edged by a pretty promenade that’s lined with seaside villas, providing a perfect place for a stroll and take in the sea air! Its 5km beach is very popular for sand yachting. If you’re not that adventurous, just take a wind-whipped walk along its blustery shore.

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6. L’Ecrin, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-alpes-Côte d’Azur – costs £28.13

This private beach is tucked away at the edge of Port Pierre Canto Marina, away from the business of Croisette beach. L’Ecrin has 150 deckchairs and access to a private pontoon. Crank up the bliss factor and order a drink, help yourself to one of the magazines and newspapers at your disposal, sit back and relax…

7. Étretat, Seine Maritime, Normandy – costs £28.11

Perhaps Normandy’s most picturesque beach, Étretat, beach has been classified as a site of ‘national importance’. This is largely because of the three massive stone arches flanking both ends of the beach. These natural wonders make it a spectacular spot for swimming while its white pebble beach is ideal for family picnics. Find the sailing school on the beach and hire a catamaran or kayak to get the best view of the cliffs.

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8. Côte Basques, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine – costs £28.06

Euro-surfing started on this beach located in Biarritz in 1957 and it is still a hot spot for lovers of the sport. If you don’t fancy riding the waves, it’s also great for walking – explore the wild cliffs that back onto the beach or take yourself off along the grand walk south along other beaches that lead towards Bidart.


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9. Plage de Cabourg, Normandy – costs £26.13

On this gentle sandy beach, you can find plenty of activities that have a bit more rough and tumble. Activities available include wind-surfing, canoeing and volleyball while more traditional seaside pastimes, such as go-karting and golf, are close-by. The seafront promenade is the longest in Europe and is perfect a seaside stroll.

10. Hendaye, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine – costs £24.88

Situated on the border with Spain, this 3km-long sandy beach is frequented by French and Spanish alike. With a good reputation for being very safe, it is ideal for children and first-time surfers. As one of the longest beaches along the Basque Coast, there is plenty to do and in the summer months you can find beach clubs for kids.

11. Le Touquet, Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France – costs £24.04

This beach was popular with fashionable Parisian and British sets in the 1920s and its 7km-long stretch of soft golden sand is lined with its trademark pastel-coloured beach huts. There are also half a dozen beach cafés.

12. Deauville, Calvados, Normandy – costs £23.98

Situated just one hour from Paris, Deauville’s beach is just as stylish as its fashionable town. Its trademark rainbow umbrellas and well-maintained beach huts line the sand. The colourful little huts are named after American stars who have come to Deauville for its famous film festival. In the early morning, you can watch horses train on the sand and there is an excellent variety of seafood restaurants along the waterfront to choose from.

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