The French Riviera beaches are stunning, and the cruise ship port of Toulon is no exception. It was our first port-of-call and we were ready to explore. I don’t know about you, but when I think of the French Riviera I think of expensive hotels, posh restaurants and topless beaches.
Lucky for us we had or accommodation, as this was day stop on our 12 night Mediterranean cruise on the Norwegian Spirit, so the expensive hotels were not an issue. We had a good look at the map, and wondered why they ship was charging so much for a shuttle bus to the beach, which also appeared to be the best spot for dining.
We opted to take a taxi and after the short drive realized our mistake. Walking would have been the best solution, and probably quicker as we had quite a wait for the taxi, and walking is free.
Once at the beach our first stop was a coffee shop across the street from the beach with free wifi. It worked out great as we only had to purchase two cups of fresh roasted coffee while the girls crossed to the beach. After only one overnight on the ship, hubby and I are already missing a decent cup of coffee, and the internet. We could have skipped it to save even more, but it was so smooth that we were glad we made the stop.
After a while, hubby and I joined the girls on the beach. It was a warm, clear, near-perfect day, albeit a bit too windy to set up our umbrella. Like Spain, the water was surprisingly cold.
I think our teen and tween would have been mortified if I had joined the topless crowd, and there is no way they were going topless, especially with their dad around. So, like in Spain, we were amongst the few women wearing bikini tops.
And, to no surprise to anyone, hubby had the same reaction to the topless beach insisting. . .
“It doesn’t bother me.”
Sorry guys, I don’t post pictures of topless women, so I strategically took these . . .
Doesn’t the cruise ship look a bit out of place behind the marina.
Travel Tip Port of Toulon
- Should you visit Toulon someday on a cruise ship, remember that you can walk to the beach. It’s really not that far.
- Most of the cafe’s at the beach did not have Wifi, so if internet use is a goal, be sure to ask before you order.
- Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports (this is the best book we have found whether you are doing your own shore trips, or ship excursions)
Have you visited Toulon or any cruise Port in the French Riviera
Travel Counter: We have been traveling around the world since March. We added a last minute cruise deal on the Norwegian Spirit, embarking on Aug 26, 2012 for nearly 2 weeks.