Crystal clear water on Pampelonne beach near Saint Tropez in south France.

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Plage de Pampelonne

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The 5km-long, celebrity-studded Plage de Pampelonne sports a line-up of exclusive beach restaurants and clubs in summer. Find public entries (and parking for €5.50) at one of six access points: rte de Tahiti, chemin des Moulins, chemin de Tamaris, bd Patch, chemin des Barraques and rte de Bonne Terrasse. The northern edge of the beach begins 4km southeast of St-Tropez with Plage de Tahiti.

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