The city isn’t traditionally known as a beach destination, but there are three just a few minutes in the car from the Old Port.
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Chef de Baie is the best, but also furthest from the centre, at around 15 minutes away.

The breakwater here keeps the currents and wind at bay, and there’s a large grassy patch to the rear of the beach.

In the centre is Plage de la Concurrence, which is vast at low tide but can almost disappear when it comes in.

While the largest and most popular of them all is Plage des Minimes, soft golden sand, edge by a small promenade and La Rochelle’s Grand Route, ferris wheel.

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