Top 10 activities to do in Saint-Jean-de-Monts!

Saint-Jean-de-Monts
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Saint-Jean-de-Monts is a popular destination on the Vendée coast which offers a range of activities for all tastes. It is the second largest seaside resort after Les Sables d'Olonne. Whether you are looking for relaxation on the beach, outdoor entertainment or cultural discoveries, here are the top 10 things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Monts.


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1 - Enjoy the fine sandy beaches

With its kilometers of coastline, Saint-Jean-de-Monts is renowned for its magnificent beaches ideal for relaxation, sunbathing and water sports. There are 9 beaches in Saint-Jean-de-Monts:

  • Plage de l'Estacade: go for a walk on its long pier!
  • La Plage des Oiseaux: This is the main beach opposite the Tourist Office in the center
  • La Plage des Demoiselles: A friendly beach that the locals appreciate
  • La Plage de la Baigneuse: Dynamic and cheerful, people also come here in the evening to party
  • The Beach of the Nautical Base: Ideal for water sports you will have understood it
  • Davière Beach: A wilder beach, where you have to walk to get there
  • La Plage du Golf: Also very wild and accessible after crossing the dune
  • Parée du Jonc Beach: We go there to fish or find peace!
  • La Plage des Tonnelles: The campsites in the area appreciate it, you can go horse riding there
Credit: AdobeStock / Paul
Credit: AdobeStock / Paul

2 - Discover the national forest

Explore the splendid national forest of Saint-Jean-de-Monts during hikes or bike rides. You can also practice tree climbing for a dose of adrenaline.

Discover Explora Parc at Saint-Jean-de-Monts in the Vendée, a leisure park loved by young and old alike for all-day fun. With tree climbing from the age of 3, archery and 750m2 of suspended trampolines with ball pools and tree houses, come and enjoy! You can even get together in teams for a game of laser tag or archery tag. Stay tuned for new attractions like Explora Adventure in the forest and virtual reality on the Virtuix Omni carpet.

3 - Have fun at the Saint-Jean-de-Monts water park

Spend a refreshing day with the family at the Océabul water park, with its swimming pools and water games. A little further in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, you can go to Atlantic Toboggan.

Read our article on the leisure bases and water parks of Vendée, for those who prefer fresh water to the sea!


4 - Go on an excursion to the island of Yeu

Embark on a ferry trip to the Ile d'Yeu, an unspoilt island offering magnificent landscapes, fine sandy beaches and picturesque villages.

And once there, go around the island of Yeu by bike! It's very small and doable for the whole family.


Credit: AdobeStock / Natolie
Credit: AdobeStock / Natolie

5 - Have fun at the casino

Try your luck and spend a lively evening at the Saint-Jean-de-Monts casino. Slot machines, table games and shows await you. There is also a restaurant. It is open every day, even on public holidays. The gaming tables are open in the evening.

6 - Learn about sand yachting

Take advantage of the coastal winds and the very long linear and wild beaches of Saint-Jean-de-Monts, to learn about sand yachting. It is a sporting and fun activity that will allow you to slide on the sand in complete freedom. It is at the Nautical base of Saint-Jean-de-Monts that you will find information, as well as other activities to discover such as sea kayaking.

Are you coming to Vendée with your children? Read our article: What to do with children in Vendée?


Credit: AdobeStock / Catherine CLAVERY
Credit: AdobeStock / Catherine CLAVERY

7 - Play golf in Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Golf enthusiasts will be delighted with the Saint-Jean-de-Monts golf course. Take advantage of this exceptional setting to perfect your swing while admiring the view of the ocean. An 18-hole course between the coast and the forest, it benefits from a superb view of the ocean and the island of Yeu just opposite. It is open and passable all year round.


Credit: AdobeStock / david-bgn
Credit: AdobeStock / david-bgn

8 - Take a ride on the Ferris wheel

Everyone loves to ride the Ferris wheel, you will benefit from a splendid view of the coast, the dune cord and the pine forest, the surrounding villages and see as far as the Marais Breton Vendéen! Small price for 10 minutes in the air!


Credit: AdobeStock / nono
Credit: AdobeStock / nono

9 - Take a fun walk or geocaching

Do you like walks? Pack the picnic and take the kids for a fun ride.

  • The Flight of the inpinpin Pearl is a Life-size Escape Game! 4km walk for 3 hours of games (to be booked at the tourist office for around €8)
  • The investigation of the Crim' is done in 3 hours on foot or 2 hours by bike, solve the investigation of a murder during this nice treasure hunt!
  • Like an air of Adventure, it's 5.2 km in the forest for the whole family. With the map and the explanations, we seek and learn about nature.

All these activities must be booked at the Tourist Office.


You can also do Geocaching for free thanks to an application on your Smartphone, all year round and everywhere in France and around the world!

10 - Explore the Breton-Vendée marshes

Discover the exceptional fauna and flora of the Breton-Vendée marshes during boat trips or on foot. It is a unique opportunity to observe migratory birds and soak up the surrounding nature. It's just north of Saint-Jean-de-Monts!


Saint-Jean-de-Monts offers a range of activities to satisfy all visitors, whether it is to relax on the beach, enjoy the surrounding nature or have fun with the family. This seaside destination will seduce you with its dynamism and diversity of attractions.

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