This blog post was updated on December 23, 2019.
Stuck between two destinations but can’t figure out where to go? We hear you loud and clear! For those looking for an international beach vacation but stuck on the fence about a destination, we’ve got two incredible suggestions just for you! From the rocky beaches and posh party scene in the French Riviera to the sandy beaches, island hopping, and casual nightlife in the Dalmatia region of Croatia — it may be super tough picking just one. Here’s a comparison of both destinations for you to decide which is better for you to travel to.
Take a Glamorous Holiday in the French Riviera If…
You want to party ’till sunrise
If you didn’t know, Cannes and St. Tropez are among the most popular destinations with some of the best beaches on the French Riviera. It’s where the rich and famous flock for a holiday in the sun with some relaxation, fine dining, and partying. So, if you’re looking for a similar break, these destinations are for you! It’s best to travel here during the summer months from June through August to catch the balmy days to lay on the beach and go to the beach clubs like Club 55 and Nikki Beach both located in St. Tropez, and Baoli Beach Club in Cannes. These day clubs are pricey, so prepare your wallet for some spending!
You want some fine wine and a little downtime
For a more affordable stay, we’ve got two destinations you should consider. If you’re not a beach person, head to Vence, located in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes in the middle of Nice and Antibes. You’ll find only boutique hotels here so forget about your favorite hotel chain for this getaway. If you’re a wine-o who has a taste for a dark bitter red wine, you’ll be a happy traveler wherever you go in the French Riviera. From a quaint hotel stay to sightseeing through the historic medieval town, you’ll be fully recharged with the right amount of relaxation. But, if you’re looking to squeeze in a little beach time and light shopping, Nice is the place to be. The beaches in this small city are lined with pebbles (no sandy beaches here), so be sure to bring along a padded mat to lay on.
Some exploration excites you
When visiting a new place, do you look for museums and sights to explore? If so, head to Antibes! Located between Nice and Cannes, this small city is perfect for either hitting the beach or visiting some of the museums around town. Visit the local museums such as the Musée Picasso to view the collection of work from Picasso or Musée Napoléonien to learn some history about Napoleon.
Adventure to the Dalmatia Region in Croatia If…
You’re looking for an affordable party scene
While planning a trip to Croatia, the hardest part will probably be choosing which of the 1,000 islands to visit on the Dalmatia Coast. Each has a unique vibe that can offer up a fun and affordable time. Hvar, known as the Ibiza of Croatia, is perfect for the traveler looking to party in style. For the traveler interested in dancing the night away at some of the top clubs in all of Croatia, visit the island of Pag.
You want to dine on unique food and sweet wine
Q. “What’s for dinner?” A. “Croatian food!” Yep, we bet you’ve never heard that one before because Croatia has a unique cuisine that’s a cross between Slavic and Mediterranean flavors. Croatia has some of the freshest and healthiest fish in the world so expect to see a lot of seafood options on the menu. And if you’re a wine drinker, we hope you like a sweet yet strong red to sip on. The reds here are stronger than the ones in France, so be sure to pack your tolerance when you visit!
You want to unwind on a sandy shore with incredible views
Unlike some of the pebbled beaches in the French Riviera, Croatia has fine sandy beaches perfect for spending the day sunbathing (comfortably). For the nicest most beautiful beach in Croatia head to Zlatni Rat. But if you’re interested in taking a cave tour or visiting another incredible beach pass your hours away on one of the beaches on the Pakleni Islands. And if you’re ready to take a break from the sand, Hvar’s botanical gardens are breathtaking to explore.
Is it going to be France or Croatia for your beach escape? Tell us in the comments.