Jard is blessed with many different beaches within a short drive and lots of activity parks for you entertainment   

The main reason to visit Jard sur Mer is the beaches

The closest beach to the house is La Plage du Grand Boisvinet which has an area dedicated to sailors of all disciplines. Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Foiling and day boating can all launch from the dedicated channel which is protected by a breakwater. Families can relax just a few meters away on the rest of the sandy beach. This beach has the added benefit of being the only beach in Jard with life guard surveillance. Another local beach is Plage du Bouil which ideal to enjoy a quieter day on the beach.  

Of course you could always laze by the pool in the back garden instead!     

Wayne & Emma

The Vendée coast has some of the finest surfing destinations in France. A round of the world championships is regularly held at La Tranche sur Mer. The gentle sloping beaches provide varied breaks and the summer season will offer generally more calm waves to start your surfing journey. For those who enjoy the long board then the breaks are best around la Tranche, la Terrier and les Conches in the south, and la Tranchet near les Sables d’Olonne and la Sauveterre further north in the Vendée. For the short boarders and body boarders then most beaches will have some useable surf, though if you want the best surf then the long boarding beaches are your best option.

Plage de Boisvinet

La Plage du Grand Boisvinet

The local beach, 5 minute cycle from the villa. Sailors can launch from the protected channel on the left. Families can enjoy the life guarded beach to the right. 

Jard sur Mer Windmill

Jard town

Down by the port in Jard you will find the famous Moulin along side many restaurants and shops. In the summer evenings there is the local market offering all sorts of local produce a couple of times a week. 



What better way to get around on holiday than a bike? There are many local bike hire shops and plenty of dedicated bike lanes for you to enjoy. 

Roadsign to Jard sur Mer with Sunflowers

Adrenalin activities

If you wish to pick up the pace there are many options to choose from. O’Gliss water park. O’Fun activity park for Fun Zone, High Ropes, Duel Arena, Water Jump & Paintball. Atlantic Wakepark with a drag lift for Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, and Water Sking

Locations and website details

Maison & Gardens of George Clemenceau – 5 min drive 📍 House of Georges Clemenceau

George Clemenceau was the Prime Minister of France from 1906 to 1909. This was his summer house in retirement. The gardens were planted with advice from his friend Claude Monet. Spoiler alert – There are no lilies!


O’Fun Park – 20 mins drive – Map 📍 O’Fun Park  

Activity fun park with 6 zones including High Ropes, Water Jumps, Dual Arena, Paint Ball, Funzone and Multi Activity Zone 


O’Gliss Water Park – 20 mins drive – Open 25th June to 4th Sept 2022 📍 O’Gliss Park

This newish water park includes a Lagoon, Lazy river, Wild rivers, Slides, Children’s play areas, Wave Pool, Bars and Restaurant.


Aquarium de Vendee – 20 min drive 📍 Aquarium de Vendée

Discover the thousand and one species of the sea. More than 5000 marine creatures are housed in about sixty aquariums.


Golf – 15 mins drive 📍 Bourgenay Golf 

Play 18 holes, 12 holes or pitch and putt.


Cycling – From the villa

The flat landscape around Jard sur Mer make for perfect cycling territory.

This link has the best variety of routes –

Bike hire is best from Longeville, a 10 min drive away. 📍


Markets – Walk or short drives

There are markets every day during the summer season

Visit this website for the updated daily list


Marais Poitevin – 15 Min drive 📍 Embarcadère de la Maison du Marais

The waterways are known as the green venice. You can rent a boat or a canoe and discover the 2nd largest wetland in France. The closest boat hire is Maison du Marais. 

Embarcadère de la Maison du Marais


The Vendee Grand littoral website also offers a variety of activities and brochures.