Dinard and its surroundings offer a large choice of water based activities, whether you are an experienced sailor or a captain-in-training.
Jump in with both feet to learn new sailing skills, or enjoy the sea at a slower pace: laying on the beach or on a discovery cruise…
No need to pace up and down Brittany! The perfect seaside activity for you is right here in Dinard Côte d’Émeraude.
Windsurfing or kayaking? Surfing or sailing? Diving or paddle boarding? What if you didn’t have to choose? Dinard Côte d’Émeraude offers all this, and much more!
The water based activities selection is large and varied: sea wading in the morning with friends, a family afternoon kayaking in Dinard, sand yachting lessons for the kids, you will find the water based sport that suits you.
Master the waves in Saint-Lunaire
Saint-Lunaire’s Longchamp beach is THE surf spot on the Emerald Coast. Two surf schools are open from Spring to All Saints holidays to teach you to surf Brittany’s waves.+
Row in the middle of unspoiled nature in La Richardais
Fancy trying rowing in a bucolic scenery? Head to the Rance’s river banks!+
Fly off in Lancieux
Between sea and sky, kitesurfing is a thrilling sport! Ready for take-off? See you in Lancieux bay.+
Learn how to sail in Dinard
Holidays memories are made in Dinard! Take to sea and learn sailing in Dinard.+
Paddle along Saint-Briac-sur-Mer’s jagged coastline
The Emerald Coast is best seen from the sea! Embark on a kayak and follow your guide along the coast of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, the Emerald Coast’s gem.
A kayak session that combines sport, nature and seaside architecture.+
A moment out of time on the Rance estuary
Open your chakras and discover yoga on a paddleboard. Head to the calm waters of the green Rance estuary.+
Explore the depths of the Emerald Coast
Dive in to discover the ocean floor in Dinard. Book now your first dive or your underwater expedition of the Emerald Coast.+
At full speed at low tide
Take the reins and go full speed in Mont Saint-Michel bay! Chills guaranteed!+
The Emerald Coast is the perfect holiday destination for families with children wishing to learn how to sail.
Sailing schools offer lessons for children aged 6 and over. Private swimming lessons are open to younger children (from age 3) in the summer.
Your kids will create memories they will cherish forever!
Water sports are not the only thing you can do by the sea! Here is a selection of activities and discoveries :
Totally relaxed on the beach
From large beaches to small coves, our beaches of fine sand are places of relaxation in front of magnificent landscapes.+
Wonderful discoveries at low tide
Find out more about the fascinating but little-known foreshore at low tide. Follow the guide to look for shells, crustacean and edible seaweed.+
The most impressive spring tides are on the Emerald Coast! Come and admire this exceptional natural phenomenon. Follow our advice to stay safe+
Taste the local Breton cuisine, especially seafood. All our restaurants are here+
Get on board! Make your choice: commented crossings in Saint-Malo bay, floating restaurant on the Rance river, boat tour on an old sailing ship… And become sea captain for a day!+
Many water-based activities are accessible for people with reduced mobility.
Find out more about these activities here.
People in a wheelchair or with reduced mobility can have access to beaches, thanks to “Tiralo” wheelchairs. Beach access equipment is available at the aid stations. Refer to lifeguards in order to get a “Tiralo” wheelchair.
Please note that not all beaches are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Boat trips for everyone! Émeraude Voile Solidaire association organises boat trips on a catamaran for disable people.
Find out more about Emeraude Voile Solidaire.
Historic regattas, traditional celebrations or boat races, all generations of locals and visitors gather at these festive nautical events.
All events at Dinard Côte d’Émeraude :
Commandant Thoreux challenge
Every year in August, a Cornish crabbers regatta is organised by Saint-Briac yacht club. The name of the regatta is an homage to the Normandie ship captain, Saint-Briac native Pierre Thoreux.+
This regatta first took place in 1905, with only 4 participants… They were 170 in 2019. Come and see the boats arrive in beautiful Saint-Malo bay.+
Fête de la Glisse
In early September, Longchamp beach comes to life: try surfing, sailing, skating, kiting, and many other water-based activities for free! This is an unmissable event!+
La Fête des Doris
Rance river banks
This convivial event takes place every summer. Come and watch traditional wooden boats navigate from dock to dock. Activities and events at every stop.+
Raid Rance Aviron
In La Richardais
This rowing race takes place between the bucolic Rance river banks. From La Richardais, rowers will pass by Malouinière du Montmarin, and Cancaval rocky point in Pleurtuit; and also Landriais cove in Le Minihic-sur-Rance+
For all nautical events, and many others, see our What’s On page.
Our brochure for all water-based activities is available in our visitor information centres and online.