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Family beaches near Bayeux?

Camberley, United...
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Family beaches near Bayeux?

We're going to be staying near Bayeux for 4 nights the last weekend in August. I was hoping to spend at least one day at the beach... you know, spades and shovels and all that. Are there beaches that rent umbrellas and beach chairs and things like that? Is there anything like a boardwalk or typical seaside town near Bayeux? I realise that the weather may not cooperate, but I'd like to be able to go if it does.

Essex
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1. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

If you head pretty much dead north from Bayeux, you would come to Arromanches, which has a really beautiful wide, sandy beach, but no deckchair hire or such, that I am aware of. At Arromanches you are on one of the D-Day landing sites, and can see the remains of the famous Mulberry Harbour.

The nearest beachy places with Boardwalk, deckchair hire and such would probably be Deauville or Trouville - but they are not quite so close, being the far side of Caen.

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2. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

The contenin peninsula is lovely - with the benefit of always having at least one side in the lee of the wind, if you're able to look at a weather forecast (meteo) in the morning before you set off. The very nicest bit is between St Vaast la Hogue up as far as Montarville - head up that way and poke about till you find a place you like! The French are very pro-family/picnicking low-cost explore a bit type beach stays, so they won't mind you setting your car bonnet towards the coast and just exploring. Enjoy - we think it's lovely up there!

Port-en-Bessin-Huppa...
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3. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

If there's one thing that this part of NOrmandy isn't short of it's family-friendly beaches!! All up the east or west coast of the Cotentin peninsula are wonderful sandy beaches. Arromanches has a great beach in the middle of town which is Gold beach (D-Day code name). We have just had a german family staying with us for 8 nights (3rd year in a row) with 10 and 13 year old boys and they always spend at least 4 of their days on Omaha beach or Utah beach, swimming, collecting shells, and when they were younger, sand-castle building.

Basically you could stick a pin in the coastline of Basse-NOrmandie and you would not be disappointed with the beach you visited.

Bayeux, France
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4. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

Nobodies mentioned Omaha beach which has a four mile swathe of sandy beach.

On Omaha and Gold, at Asnelles, you can sand yacht.

Don't think you can hire deck chairs.

Port-en-Bessin-Huppa...
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5. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

Please sir! I did!

Bayeux, France
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6. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

Exact

Camberley, United...
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7. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

Just to follow up...

We ended up going to Courseulles-sur-Mer last Monday (Aug 31st). It was absolutely fabulous. The beach was not too crowded, there are restaurants and shops very close to the beach, parking was free and close. It didn't hurt that there was not a cloud in the sky and it was in the middle/high 20's all afternoon. We had a really, really nice day out.

-Dale

Port-en-Bessin-Huppa...
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8. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

Glad to hear you had a great time!

9. Re: Family beaches near Bayeux?

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