Arcachon, with its stunning coastline, boasts an abundance of beautiful beaches waiting to be explored. While the central beach in Ville d’Été (summer city) boasts vibrant energy and proximity to amenities, those seeking tranquility may prefer the southern beaches,  in Ville de Printemps (spring city) and the majestic Dune du Pilat.

By the way, if you have no idea, what are these seasonal cities I’m talking about. That’s what different parts of Arcachon City are called 🙂 You can read all about it in my Arcachon guide

In this article, I’ll be talking about my favorite beaches in the southern part of Arcachon  Bay.  If you’re planning to go to the Cap Ferret peninsula, you should check out my article about the most beautiful beaches in Cap Ferret

Let’s dive into the best and most beautiful beaches of Arcachon!

The most beautiful beaches in Arcachon 

Plage Pereire

Plage Pereire with its scenic views stands out as a favorite among Arcachon’s beachgoers. Accessible via public transport, it offers convenience and scenic views. This wide beach, beloved for its safety and family-friendly atmosphere, stretches along the coastline, inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the sun. Club Plage Pereire, a beachfront restaurant, adds to the allure, providing a delightful dining experience amidst the coastal beauty. 

Plage Pereire is accessible by a short bus trip from the center of Arcachon which makes it very accessible and convenient to get to. However, the best way to get there and most beaches on my list is by bike (you can find plenty of bike rentals everywhere in the center). 

Plage Pereire – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage des Arbousiers

For those seeking a peaceful getaway, Plage des Arbousiers welcomes you with its tranquil atmosphere and vast coastline. My favorite part is the southern stretch of this beach provides a serene escape. The northern section,  called Plage des Abatilles, is a part I don’t particularly love but it offers excitement for adventure seekers with SUP rentals and kite schools. With its laid-back vibe and convenient amenities like the Bikini bar, Plage des Arbousiers ensures a delightful beach experience to remember.

Plage du Moulleau

Often dubbed the beach of the Parisian affluent, Plage du Moulleau charms visitors with its family-friendly vibe and scenic surroundings. Whether arriving by car, bus, or bike, it’s effortlessly accessible, making it a favorite spot for families and beach enthusiasts alike. While summer days may draw bustling crowds, the charm of nearby bars and ice cream shops adds to the allure of a leisurely seaside retreat.

Plage du Moulleau - one of the liveliest beaches in Arcachon
Bars near Plage du Moulleau – by Lost in Bordeaux

So far, we’ve explored the beaches within Arcachon city limits, but now let’s venture to some hidden gems nestled in neighboring Pyla sur Mer, a charming part of La Teste de Buch town. Close to the iconic Dune du Pyla, these coastal treasures await discovery.

Plage Daniel Meller

Located near Pyla-sur-Mer, Plage Daniel Meller offers a serene escape with stunning views of the iconic Dune du Pyla. Ideal for families, it features a playground and grassy areas, providing options for both beachside relaxation and recreational activities. With its picturesque setting and family-friendly amenities, Plage Daniel Meller is a hidden gem awaiting discovery.

Plage Daniel Meller - one of the most beautiful beaches in Arcachon
Plage Daniel Meller – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage de la Corniche

Tucked away from the crowds, Plage de la Corniche is a true hidden gem of the Bassin d’Arcachon. Accessible via stairs in Pyla-sur-Mer, adjacent to La C(o)orniche hotel, this beach offers a secluded retreat for those seeking tranquility. Surrounded by natural beauty and offering a serene ambiance, Plage de la Corniche is perfect for a peaceful day by the sea.

Le Petit Nice 

Le Petit Nice stands out as a top choice for families seeking a relaxed beach experience. With easy accessibility and free parking, it’s a convenient option for a day of seaside fun. Surrounded by lush forest, it offers picnic areas and a serene atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for a family outing.

A few minutes walk from the beach (next to the parking) you can find a restaurant and a snack bar called Restaurant Le Petit Nice. 

Le Petit Nice  - the most kids friendly beach in Arcachon
Le Petit Nice  – by Lost in Bordeaux

Plage de Salie Sud 

Venturing beyond Arcachon, Plage de Salie Sud awaits on the Atlantic coast, offering an entirely different beach experience. With its crashing waves and surfer-friendly conditions, it’s a haven for water sports enthusiasts. While less suitable for young children, this beach promises an exhilarating adventure for surfers and beachgoers alike.

Le  Salie Sud Beach also has a great surfing school and you can use it as an opportunity to take surfing lessons. You can book a group lesson here.

Whether you seek vibrant energy or secluded serenity, Arcachon’s beaches offer a diverse array of experiences, inviting visitors to explore the beauty of the coastline and create cherished memories by the sea.

If you’re lucky enough to have a few days in Arcachon, here are a few other articles you might find useful

A detailed guide to Arcachon
Best day trips to le Bassin d’Arcachon
15 best things to do with kids in Arcachon
Where to stay in Arcachon
What to do in Cap Ferret
The Best beaches in Cap Ferret
The best camping sites in Cap Ferret and Arcachon

If you’re also visiting Bordeaux be sure to check out my post about the best things to do in the city and the best hotels in Bordeaux. Arcachon is not the only day trip you can do from Bordeaux. The area is full of historic villages and beautiful nature. If you want to discover some of them, I invite you to read my article about the best day trips you can do by train from Bordeaux.

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