The French Riviera beaches are stunning, and the cruise ship port of Toulon is no exception. Crystal clear sparkling water gently flowing over the soft sand. This is the image that drew us to the beach, rather than exploring the city.
Toulon was our first port-of-call on a 12-night Mediterranean cruise on the NCL Spirit from Barcelona to Venice. By the time we arrived, we were ready to explore. It was a city that matched my image of the French Riviera in my mind; luxury hotels, posh restaurants, topless beaches, and plenty of shopping.
Prior to disembarking, we had a good look at the map. The beach appeared close to the port and we wondered why they ship charged so much for a shuttle bus. We decided to take a taxi and then walked back to the ship after our shore time.
Once at the waterfront, 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.
Once at the beach our first stop was a coffee shop with free wifi. We enjoyed two cups of freshly roasted cups of coffee while the girls crossed the street to the beach. After only one overnight on the ship, hubby and I are already missing a decent cup of coffee, and the internet.
After a while, we joined the girls on the beach. It was a warm, clear, near-perfect day, albeit a bit too windy to set up our umbrella. And, like the beaches in Costa Brava 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.
Travel Tip for the Cruise 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)
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