Beaches and forests at St Jean de Monts and St Hilaire de Riez

Beach access from Saint-Jean-de-Monts and Saint-Hilaire-de Riez

Saint Jean de Monts and St-Hilaire de Riez stretch along the ocean with their long, beautiful sandy beaches.

From the L’Acapulco campsite, you can walk to Plage des Mouettes, a supervised beach in July and August, but don’t hesitate to try out the popular Plage des Demoiselles or Plage de la Baigneuse opposite the pedestrian street.

From Le Château campsite, you can cycle to Riez beach through the Saint Hilaire de Riez national forest.
The large beach at Sion is also a pleasant alternative, with its nautical base, beach club and beach library.

Where to walk by the sea near St-Jean de Monts and St Hilaire de Riez?

During your stay in Saint Jean de Monts and Saint Hilaire de Riez, don’t miss the opportunity to stroll along the magnificent rocky coastline of Sion and its five pineaux. This not-to-be-missed walk will take you to the charming town of Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. Along the way, you can admire the superb villas built along the seafront, witnesses of seaside architecture from another era…

Our campsites near Notre-Dame-de-Monts offer close proximity to a seaside promenade with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a leisurely stroll with family, friends or couples, admiring the steep cliffs and picturesque landscapes. Breathe in the sea air, feel the breeze caress your face and soak up the natural beauty of the Vendée coast.

Unusual walks in Vendée

Canoe trip in the marshes, the Salt Route

Accompanied by a guide, discover the marshes of Sallertaine (former island) in less than 2 hours, or much longer depending on the package.
I like the possibility of a bivouac (for lovers) or the evening formula (fun with friends). The Route du Sel is a must-see walk during your stay in Vendée.

Take the opportunity to visit the artisan village of Sallertaine and take home a souvenir made on the spot (100% responsible purchasing) by a jewelry designer, a leatherworker, a glassblower and others.

A bike-rail escapade

Discover a picturesque and fun mode of transport. Suitable for the whole family, the Commequiers velo-rail is located between Challans and Saint Gilles Croix de Vie.

A ride in the countryside with friends or family, on a horse-drawn carriage for up to 5 people. You’ll discover a typical landscape, where you can picnic, etc. for a walk of around 2 hours.

Beware, though, as the route is quite challenging, with a 20 km round trip.

Visit the salt marshes

When you choose our campsite in St Hilaire de Riez, you’ll be close to the salt marshes, where you can admire the work of the salt worker – an unusual and instructive visit. Regional products are available on site. The salt marshes are a unique opportunity to discover an atypical landscape and culture.


Discover Sallertaine, the jewel of the Vendée, enchanted by its unique atmosphere. Renowned for its arts and crafts, the town is a haven of peace, with cobbled streets, ancient churches and local artisan stores.

A horse-drawn carriage ride

Let horses guide you through dunes, forests and marshes. A guided tour to understand the nature and history of the Vendée.


Discover Givrand, a picturesque commune on the Vendée coast, seduced by its maritime charm. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Olonne national forest, this town offers numerous sandy beaches, a rich historical heritage and a peaceful atmosphere.

Visit a mill near Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

The Vendée wouldn’t be the Vendée without its mills.

Close to our campsite in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, I recommend the Moulin des Gourmands in St Révérand, where you can visit the mill as well as enjoy a fun trail and labyrinth. Don’t forget the tasting, and don’t forget to bring back your own flour made on the spot.

If you took advantage of my previous tips to visit Sallertaine, on the way you can stop off at Moulin de Rairé, which produces organic flour.

Aquarium, zoo and amusement parks

Staying at one of our campsites in Saint-Jean-de-Monts or Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez means having access to numerous activities for the whole family. Whether it’s an amusement park, zoo, aquarium or safari, you’ll find the perfect activity to delight the whole family.

Dino’s Park (Dinosaur theme park, unique in Vendée)

10 minutes from the campsite (cycle paths from the campsite)

Want to play archeologist and discover a dinosaur skeleton?
In 2 hectares of forest, come and see the dinosaurs at life-size, watch them move, growl, roar, breathe…

And finish your visit with a playground featuring mini-golf, bouncy castles, wooden games…

201 Forest Avenue

Unique complex in the Vendée (in St Hilaire de Riez)

offers you :
12-lane bowling alley
laser game (an opportunity to play with your teenagers)
Club Moving with 5 fitness areas covering 750 m² (weekly memberships available for our holidaymakers).
Bar with live music
semi-gastronomic restaurant with breathtaking views

Atlantic Toboggan

St Hilaire de Riez

Water park open daily in July and August.
Come and get your fill of thrills less than 1 km from the campsite.
Take advantage of preferential rates at the campsite reception.

Aquarium Sealand


An aquarium on a human scale, enabling even the youngest visitors to discover underwater life.
The highlight of the visit is always the sea lion show, full of agility and tenderness.

Wild Planet

A rendezvous with nature… By car or on foot, take a trip around the world.

Follow the safari trail in your car or 4×4 through zebras, rhinoceroses, bears, giraffes, the dolphin show in the marine city, think you’re Kirikou in the world of the bush village even if you’re tall, and immerse yourself in Central America on the trail of the Incas and their monkeys.

And why not opt for an overnight bivouac among the animals.

A day-long visit to delight young and old alike.

O’Gliss Park and Indian Forest

In Moutiers les Mauxfaits

Just 1 hour from St Jean de Monts or St Hilaire de Riez, O’GLISS PARK is one of Europe’s biggest water parks for thrill-seekers.
Plan to spend a full day there. There’s no shortage of attractions and plenty of grassy areas to relax in during the day.

For those who prefer to play Tarzan or Indiana Jones, INDIAN FOREST offers a wide range of tree-climbing courses for all levels, as well as jumps for adrenalin-seekers, and many other adventure games for friends and family.