Top Al Fresco Holiday parks for beaches



Even though Al Fresco holiday parks have just about every conceivable pool and playground attraction to keep tots-to-teens amused all day long, there are some holiday traditions that will never fade - like a visit to the beach. That’s why most of our parks are within easy reach of a beach. Now, not all are sandy. Not all are quiet. They’re mostly all Blue Flag offering off-park alternatives guaranteed to make everybody smile. From pedaloes to kite-surfing, jet-skis to volleyball, you’ll find all you'll need to make your day more exciting. Of course, there are other ways to enjoy the beach, like yoga in the sand or a pina colada under a beach bar parasol!


One of the best beaches in the South of France, Port Grimaud is lined with swaying palms and offers gently sloping, clear-blue shallows – ideal for youngsters. If the kids are too old for paddling, then windsurf and kayak hire is available, whilst parents might fancy a blast on a jet-ski. 


Nearest parks: Des Menhirs 
A 2km stretch of sand which is especially popular with young families who cannot get enough of its talcum powder white sands and crystal blue Bay of Biscay shallows – perfect for paddling. The beach is supervised in high season, when the celebrated striped beach huts are almost always full.


Nearest park: La Vallee 
With its long and wide stretch of golden sand Casino beach is great for paddling and swimming. Situated in a shallow, sheltered bay this beach has something for everyone: a sea water pool, a diving platform, paddling pool, windsurfing, volleyball and even bars for when you have worked up a thirst.


Nearest parks: Camping Cala Canyelles
Platja de Canyelles shares the same white sand as its Costa Brava beach cousins and sits sheltered by high cliffs covered in pine trees. The picturesque bay is still packed with activities like water skiing and kayaking for those who like to be active – and for those of us who like to take it easy, there are hammocks to hire.


Nearest parks: Le Clarys Plage & Sol a Gogo
On the end of a stretch of beautiful sandy coastline is Plage des Mouettes, this naturally sheltered beach has the advantage of having shops nearby for those cold drinks.. And in case you wanted to try something different, nearby is La plage des salines, one of the official nudist beaches in the Vendée


If lying on Marseillan beach’s 6km of fine sand is too relaxing for you; or taking a dip in the warm turquoise waters too refreshing for you, you can enjoy the 30km of cycle routes in the area. Hungry? Time to sample the local seafood and wine, it would be rude not to!


Nearest parks: La Chapelle & La Sirene
The locals are incredibly proud of their Blue Flag beach, and so they should be! The 7km of beautiful pristine beach is there for everyone to enjoy, and they make sure everyone can with their Handiplage scheme, which enables less able-bodied people to enjoy both the beach and the warm waters of the ocean.


Nearest park: Vilanova Park
Platja de Ribe Roges has a whopping 204,000m2 of Blue Flag safe golden sand waiting for you and your bucket and spade! It comes complete with 375 sun-loungers for the relaxers, an outdoor gym for the sporty, terrace bars for the sociable and warm, clear waters for those who fancy a refreshing dip.