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Yachts in Saint-Tropez

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Saint-Tropez, France

Once a sleepy seaside village near Monaco, Cannes and Nice, the town of Saint-Tropez became a hit among the jet set after it was featured in the 1950s Brigitte Bardot movie "And God Created Woman." Beaches are the undeniable stars of the show here. Tahiti Beach is one of the sexiest stretches of sand in Europe, while the more-relaxed Pampelonne and Jumeaux beaches are attractive to families and the chill-out crowd. Within walking distance of the sand, you will find classy cafes, buzzing local markets and plenty of shopping opportunities. Although the boutiques here are not cheap, local and domestically made wines and souvenirs won't break the bank. The atmospheric harbor area has a charmingly historic feel (except for the multimillion-dollar yachts, which are a sightseeing attraction in their own right).