About Family Activities in Saint Tropez
Whatever you choose to do on your family holiday, you are sure to find a huge range of activities across Saint-Tropez. There is something for everyone, every ability and every age. Check out the selection of things to do below for some holiday inspiration!
With some stunning beaches along the coastline you will not be at a loss for places to go and things do by the shore in Saint-Tropez. From beach clubs to watersports, sailing and boat trips, to just sunbathing and enjoying the scenery there is something for everyone.
Also see: Beaches in Saint-Tropez
Explore the beautiful coastline around Saint-Tropez on a boat. Many of these trips include stops for swimming in the crystal clear Mediterranean waters, as well as snorkelling and perhaps a day trip to a nearby island. The Iles d'Or are off the southern tip of the peninsula and these three islands offer a range of environments to explore. Whether sailing round them or visiting them. A trip along the coast to the glamorous towns of Cannes or Monaco are also a popular option, where you can enjoy anchoring just out of port or setting foot on land to explore a little deeper.
There is a bowling alleys in Grimaud, just along from the town of Saint Tropez. It is a good place to keep the kids entertained on bad weather days, or if you're looking for something to do with a group.
Canoeing / Kayaking
Kayaking is a fun watersport that can be enjoyed as a family. Unlike canoeing, paddlers face forward and have a double bladed paddle. It is a versatile sport that you can enjoy in the sea and especially in the calm waters of the Mediterranean. You can take your inflatable or plastic kayak and make your way around the coastline to explore hidden coves and hard to reach beaches. There are some watersports centres and adventure companies who can take you out for your kayaking experience.
Catch the latest films and releases in Saint-Tropez on your holiday. There are two small cinemas in the centre of Saint Tropez town, both with just one screen but both showing the latest releases and films in both French and in English. Look out for VOST for English speaking films.
Enjoy a number of cycling trails and routes in Saint-Tropez and what better way to explore Saint-Tropez than on a bike when you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Have a look at our cycling guide for more information and explore the cycling routes that are in the area. If you are in Saint-Tropez without your biking gear there are a number of cycle hire shops in who rent bikes, child seats, children's bikes and more.
Also see: Cycling in Saint-Tropez
Diving & Snorkelling
Dive into the beautiful waters of Saint-Tropez and discover the world below. Anyone can go snorkelling and it is a great way to begin your underwater adventures without travelling too far away from the comfort of the waters’ surface. Many of the tourist shops sell snorkelling gear.
Scuba diving is a fantastic way to explore what lies below. If you are new to scuba diving, the diving schools in Saint-Tropez that can teach you the ropes and get you started. For those more experienced there are plenty of excursions in Saint-Tropez where you can dive into the beautiful blue waters and explore the depths below.
You can dangle a fishing rod in most places and it's often something you can do by yourself from a harbour wall, from the beach or from a boat.
To enjoy a day out on a family fishing trip then we recommend speaking to some of the specialist companies who offer guided trips and excursions or yacht charters for coastal or deep sea fishing. You have a few options for fishing charters with a range of budgets, from 50 euro per person for a casual affair to 2800 for 10 people for the day for the charter of a luxury sports fisher with professional fishermen. Most of the fishing excursions along this stretch of coast operate out of Golfe Juan or Mandelieu-la-Napoule, near Cannes. If you charter the entire boat then they will pick you up in Saint Tropez.
Around the ports of Saint-Tropez, Grimaud and Sainte-Maxime there may be some small local operators who don't have websites - you'll see signs saying 'Peche au Gros' in the port and you can enquire with them directly.
Flyboarding (jetpack or hoverboard) has become a 21st-century international sensation in the watersports world. Imagine oversized boots affixed to your feet which allow you to be propelled into the sky above the water. Whilst not all watersports companies have this impressive piece of equipment, you will find more and more companies are investing on it because this surreal experience is becoming beyond popular.
This adrenaline fuelled family activity will require parently consent for minors and some companies may impose a minimum age (perhaps around 10 or 12 years of age) or a minimum weight requirement (35kg).
There are over 2.5 million people doing geocaching around the world and some of them (perhaps surprisingly) are right here in Saint-Tropez! It’s a relatively new craze that started taking the world by storm in May 2000 after a computer geek decided that GPS could be “really exciting”. He hid some treasure at his home in Portland, America, for people to find, broadcast the GPS coordinates and said, “Come and get it”. His only rule: “Take some stuff, leave some stuff”. And that’s exactly what Geocaching is…you go in search of treasure by using the GPS system on your mobile device – once you’ve found it, you write your name in a logbook and replace the treasure you decide to take. It’s pretty simple really and means, as a family, you can be adventurers together. You won’t usually find anything quite as precious as gold, silver and diamonds but nevertheless it’s quite exciting!
Treat the family to a helicopter tour of the coastline and islands with one of the local helicopter tour operators. This is an exclusive experience which enables you to see aerial views of Saint-Tropez, the Calanques of the Esterel and maybe venture further inland to see the spectacular turquoise waters of the Gorges du Verdon.
Horse ride along the beaches and through the rugged landscapes and vineyards of the French Riviera. Saint-Tropez and the surrounding area is an attractive destination for horse riding, trekking & lessons.
Karting is a popular activity for people of all ages. At the karting circuit in Grimaud you can enjoy lessons, grand prixs and more. Feel the adrenaline rush and race to beat the rest of the family!
Museums & Galleries
The port town of Saint Tropez has a rich maritime heritage which can be discovered at the museum in the citadel. The old fortress itself was originally an essential part of the town's defences and is fun to explore. Another popular museum to visit is the new Musee de la Gendarmerie et du Cinema (Museum of Police and Cinema).
Nature Reserves & Parks
Heading to a nature reserve you can explore all the beautiful wildlife and soak up all the beautiful scenery. There are a number of wonderful nature reserves in Saint-Tropez that you can explore, including Cap Camarat with its forests of oak and pine and rough granite rock, it is home to one the tallest lighthouses in France.
Also see: Nature Parks in Saint-Tropez
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a popular global sport these days, often described as a cross between surfing and kayaking. It is also a fun way to explore the immediate coastline. Whether going solo or with the whole family, you will find paddle boards to hire on various beaches around the coast, usually rented out by the hour. No previous experience is needed, just hop on the board and start paddling.
Soaring high above the stunning coastline of Pamelonne beach offers a rather different view of this infamous stretch of water. Most companies will offer two or three seater parasails meaning that the whole family can experience flying 60m in the air whilst getting a real birds-eye view of what’s going on below.
Sailing & Yachting
If you'd like to take a dip outdoors or indoors, you'll be able to find somewhere to go for a swim in Saint-Tropez. Most hotels have their own swimming facilities, however there are also municipal swimming baths that you can visit. In summer and winter, you should be able to find somewhere to take a dip, so don't forget your towel and your swimming costume or shorts.
With its warm climate and dry months, tennis is very popular across the region. Significant investment in the sport means that there many tennis clubs and courts available for the enthusiast or the amateur. The courts are generally clay or hard courts, and you can book courts as a non-member at most of the clubs.
Try an adventure playground or a theme park for a day of family fun. Azur Park offers plenty of evening entertainment and fairground rides as well a mini golf course where both adults and children can play for hours.
Tours & excursions
Many towns and villages across France have their version of the 'Petit Train' and the Saint Tropez region is no different. Giving you a guided tour of the area and entertaining children, these trains are a great excuse to sit down for half and hour and take in the sights.
Walking & Hiking
The coastal routes around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez are all very accessible and mostly very easy, more like strolls than hikes, but still worth doing for the unbeatable views of the coastline and access to fabulous beaches along the way. Inland, the trails take a little more effort to get to, but many can be reached by bus. They are a great way to explore the promontories and the villages that are dotted around the countryside.
Also see: Walking Routes in Saint-Tropez
Waterparks are always a winning activity for both adults and children. You can spend hours of fun splashing around together with the exciting slides, rapids and wave pools at the waterparks the island has to offer. The area's most popular waterparks are in Sainte-Maxime and Frejus, both located to the north of Saint-Tropez.
Saint-Tropez is perfect for water sports with its warm summers, gentle breezes and interesting coastline. There are plenty of watersports centres where you can learn to sail or enjoy thrilling rides in speedboats, and everything in between.