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Explore Deauville


Good-looking and chic Deauville has been a playground of well-heeled Parisians ever since it was founded by Napoléon III’s half-brother, the Duke of Morny, in 1861. Expensive, flashy and brash, it’s packed with designer boutiques, deluxe hotels and meticulously tended public gardens, and hosts two racetracks (Deauville-La Touques Racecourse and Deauville-Clairefontaine Racecourse) and the high-profile Deauville American Film Festival.

-- -- Lonely Planet

This is what you get from a two-hour visit to a beach mecca in the off season.

-- Guy Roger