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7 Tips for Living in Saint-Tropez

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Saint-Tropez or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Saint-Tropez or thinking about moving there.

Living in Saint-Tropez, as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure. This glamorous Mediterranean town is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich history. However, adjusting to a new place can be challenging. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Saint-Tropez.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Saint-Tropez speak English, learning French will make your life easier and more enjoyable. It will help you connect with locals, understand the culture better, and navigate daily life more smoothly. Plus, locals will appreciate your effort to speak their language. There are many language schools in Saint-Tropez, such as Alliance Française, where you can take French classes.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Saint-Tropez is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own charm. La Ponche, the old fishing quarter, is full of narrow, winding streets and historic buildings. It's a great place to get lost and discover hidden gems. The modern district of La Bocca offers a more cosmopolitan vibe with its high-end boutiques and restaurants. Meanwhile, the residential area of Les Salins is known for its beautiful villas and tranquil atmosphere. Spend time exploring each neighborhood to find your favorite spots.

3. Enjoy the Local Cuisine

French cuisine is world-renowned, and Saint-Tropez is no exception. The town is home to a number of excellent restaurants where you can sample local specialties. Le Girelier, located on the harbor, is known for its fresh seafood and stunning views. For a more casual dining experience, try La Ramade, a popular spot for locals that serves traditional Provençal dishes. And don't forget to try a Tarte Tropézienne, a cream-filled pastry that is a local favorite.

4. Embrace the Outdoor Lifestyle

Saint-Tropez's sunny climate and beautiful natural surroundings make it a great place for outdoor activities. The town's beaches, such as Pampelonne Beach, are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The surrounding hills offer excellent hiking and biking trails. And the Mediterranean Sea is ideal for sailing, fishing, and diving. Embracing the outdoor lifestyle will help you stay active and enjoy the beauty of Saint-Tropez.

5. Understand the Cost of Living

Saint-Tropez is one of the most expensive towns in France, so it's important to understand the cost of living. Rent, groceries, dining out, and entertainment can all be quite pricey. However, there are ways to live more affordably. Shopping at local markets, such as the Place des Lices market, can save you money on fresh produce. And there are plenty of free or low-cost activities to enjoy, like hiking in the Massif des Maures or visiting the Musée de l'Annonciade, a museum of modern art.

6. Get Involved in the Community

Getting involved in the local community is a great way to feel more at home in Saint-Tropez. There are many clubs, organizations, and events where you can meet people and make friends. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to the community and make connections. Research groups that align with your interests and get involved. It will enrich your experience and help you feel more connected to your new home.

7. Respect the Local Culture

While Saint-Tropez is a cosmopolitan town that welcomes visitors from around the world, it's important to respect the local culture. This means understanding and following local customs, such as greeting people with a kiss on both cheeks and dressing appropriately. It also means respecting the environment by not littering and by preserving the town's historic buildings and natural beauty. By showing respect for the local culture, you'll be more likely to be welcomed and accepted by the local community.

Living in Saint-Tropez can be a dream come true for many expats and digital nomads. By following these tips, you can make the most of your time in this beautiful and vibrant town.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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