Plage de Tahiti, Pampelonne Bay, Plage des Graniers, Saint Tropez beaches in September.
Tahiti is Saint Tropez’ famous nude beach, reputedly the first official nudist beach in the world and apparently favoured by the rich and famous, though not in September when it was favoured by overweight and aged north Europeans. Plage de Tahiti and neighbouring St Tropez beaches are lined with trendy clubs, cafés, and restaurants.
About 6 kilometres (4 miles) out of town, Baie de Pampelonne long stretch of soft sand was well layered with seaweed (and fat bottoms) when we were there in mid September. We would hope the cleaners will be on the job in the summer season.
Brigitte Bardot (who still lives nearby, along with a wailing platoon of cats) put Tahiti Beach on the map in the 50’s when she was filmed there for ‘And God Created Woman’.
On both sides of Tahiti are other beaches, identical in terms of sand, seaweed and bare breasts, differing only in dining, sports facilities and the type of people who hang out there. For example, Moorea Beach to the south is supposed to be where the glitterati hang; north is La Voile Rouge with a long-established and extravagant restaurant of the same name and clientele to match; L’Aqau Club is the last beach on this 5km (3 mile) bay. It’s a lively and popular restaurant and beach for gays, open year-around and enjoyed by many local clients.