A premier stop for the jet-set community, the south of France carries prestige grounded first and foremost in the region's historic beauty. Sun soaks the beaches. Sailboats ride sea breezes, drifting between yachts. Dancing, drinks and dinner occur among playful elegance. At the pinnacle of all of this rests Saint-Tropez. The Mediterranean hot spot is luxurious and extravagant, but as we found on a recent visit, not altogether out of reach. A quick train or car ride from the Aéroport Nice Côte d'Azur, Saint-Tropez thrums with life as an enduring gem and cultural capital lighting up the provençal French Riviera.