Beaches and Surfing
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Here are some of the highlights but we know you’ll find more:
Le Pin Sec is a long stretch of untouched beach with consistent big waves up to 3 meters. Locate the town of Naujac-sur-Mer just south of Soulac-sur-Mer in the Médoc of the Gironde region. There is an established surfing camp here training all level of surfing abilities. This is a place for serious surfers.
Montalivet is located 15 km south of Soulac-sur-Mer, a small sea resort in the midst of the pines forests. It is considered the French nudist centre. For surfing waves you won’t have to look too far past the parking lot or go north up the coast road for your own space.
Hourtin-Plage is a small resort destination that comes alive in the summer. Find a great beach, camping facilites and accommodation for families. For windsurfing fun go inland to Lac de Hourtin-Carcans, the largest lake in France.
Lacanau-Ocean – Discover this great seaside resort in the Médoc region, the surfing destination par excellence. The area is known for consistent big waves. Champion surfers gather here every year in August to take part in the 'Soöruz Lacanau Pro', a not to be missed stage in the world competitive surfing tour.
Cap Ferret is on the long spit of land at the mouth of the Arcachon Basin with one of the best seascape views from the lighthouse. The Cap is a very popular resort area with elegant homes and sandy beaches, reached by ferry from Arcachon or by road around the Arcachon Basin. Take the beach road north through the pines and try Cap Ferret Le Truc Vert for surfing, camping and easy access to the beach. Keep going and you’ll find even more quiet beach sites of your own to claim!
Biscarrosse-Plage south of the Arcachon Basin is a popular place for surfers and young people in the summer. After surfing the waves, for a change of pace check out sand surfing down the Dune du Pyla, Europe’s largest sand dune - http://myde.st/KEuUGs !
Mimizan Plage is just south of the Arcachon Basin and a beach resort of the Côte d’Argent. There’s camping, restaurants and good hotel accommodation. Try the large parking lot south of the town for easy access to the beach.
Contis-les-Bains is a less crowded beach for surfing and a good family area. Look for sandbars at the southern part of the beach.
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