We spent the next five days in Cogolin, a small town near St. Tropez and the Côte d’Azur. We looked into staying at the same Airbnb in La Croix Valmer that we stayed at two summers ago with my mom and friend, Naomi. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available, so we decided to look into campgrounds and found a really nice one in Cogolin, called Camping de l’Argentière. Our cottage was new inside, with a kitchenette, dining table & chairs, bedroom and bathroom. Since we drove, we brought some kitchen stuff with us but the cottage kitchen was pretty well stocked. I don’t like to eat out a ton, so having a kitchen where we can fix our own meals is always a bonus when traveling. Plus, I love to visit other countries’ grocery stores!
We spent most of our time at our favorite beach, Pampelonne. Since this was the beginning of September it was a lot less crowded than when we were there in July. It was still plenty warm & there was good yacht viewings!
We visited Port Grimaud one morning before heading to the beach. The port town doesn’t allow cars, instead most of the houses have their own boat docks. There are tons of canals that remind you of Venice but the houses are very French looking.
Another day we drove to the seaside town of Le Lavandou and took a 30 minute ferry to the island of the Parc national de Port-Cros. From there we hiked to a beach area that was known for snorkeling. Christian brought his snorkeling gear with him, so he did that while I just used my regular goggles to look at the fish! Unfortunately, there were quite a few jelly fish and Christian got stung, so then that was the end of our time in the water!
If given the option, I would come back to this area every summer!