Beaches on east coast: 15 Best East Coast Beaches
15 Best East Coast Beaches
While California and Hawaii often take credit for their beaches, most of the country’s best sand is along the Atlantic Ocean. From coastal islands like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to the sprawling swaths of sand in the South, here are the best beaches on the East Coast for a relatively safe and socially distanced outing.
Great Point, at the easternmost end of the island of Nantucket, is one of the most secluded beaches in the world. That’s because you need a 4×4 and a beach permit to get there. Once you do, you’ll find miles of beachfront, a historic lighthouse, and even piping plovers from time to time. Madaket Beach, on the opposite end of the island, is another good choice—especially for sunset-watching.
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Block Island, Rhode Island
Accessible by ferry, Block Island oozes New England charm. It’s worth the effort to get to Mohegan Bluffs, which is at the base of a set of 141 wooden steps leading down to the sand. With clay cliffs and a view that reaches Montauk at the eastern tip of Long Island, this beach is especially unique.
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East Hampton, New York
Named the best beach in the country in 2013, Main Beach in East Hampton is known for its wide stretch of sand plus a snack bar, bathrooms, and lockers. Keep in mind, though, that on-site parking is only available to village residents and as with many Hamptons-area beaches, daily parking passes have been suspended due to Covid-19.
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Palm Beach, Florida
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It should come as no surprise that this tony one percenters’ enclave would have some of the most well-groomed beaches on the East Coast. From the water activity haven at John D. MacArthur State Park to dog-friendly Juno Beach, Palm Beach County has 47 miles of picturesque coastline to explore.
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Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Moshup Beach (also known as Aquinnah Beach) is at the coastal island’s western end. The famous Gay Head Cliffs, a national (and endangered) landmark, provide a backdrop for this stunning setting, an isolated destination that requires a 10-minute walk from the parking lot.
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Cape May, New Jersey
This Jersey Shore getaway’s beaches have been declared the best in the state, and its collection of Victorian bed and breakfast destinations is a big draw for visitors from around the country. In fact, the charming town was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
Located off the coast of Georgia, this 5,700-acre barrier island is famous for its nesting sea turtles and hermit crabs. Glory Beach got its name because the producers of the 1989 movie Glory, featuring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, built a long boardwalk to the beach that remains in place.
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This town at the northernmost end of Cape Cod is beloved for its friendly atmosphere, charming town, and beautiful beaches—more than 30 miles of them.
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
With some of the best golfing in the world and beaches that stretch for 10 miles, this island, just 15 miles south of Charleston, has hosted notable names like Joe Biden, George Clooney, and George W. Bush. While the island is private, the five-star hotel The Sanctuary offers access to non-residents.
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Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
If you’re brave enough to climb the 257 steps to the top, the view from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offers a spectacular sense of the surrounding area. The Outer Banks beach’s abundance of seashells to collect is also a top draw, as is the unique topography shaped by wind, waves, and its location on one of North Carolina’s barrier islands.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Beach’s boardwalk is considered one of the best in America. It’s 28 feet wide and stretches for three miles, with restaurants and a separate bike path.
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Southampton, New York
About 15 miles west of East Hampton and closer to NYC, Southampton has more than seven miles of shoreline. Head to Cooper’s Beach, considered one of the best beaches on the East End, and make sure to check out some of the extravagant mansions lining Meadow Lane on the way—at least what you can see over the hedges.
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Connecticut’s largest public beach is also one of its most popular. It includes two miles of sand along the relatively calm waters of the Long Island Sound, making it great for families.
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Goose Rocks Beach offers nearly three miles of white sand along the scenic coast of Maine. The Goose Rocks barrier reef—visible at low tide—protects it from choppy seas, and looking for marine life in the tidal pools is a popular activity with children.
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Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire isn’t generally known for its beaches but there is one notable slice of sand on its tiny 13-mile-long coastline. Hampton Beach has a boardwalk, family-friendly activities, and is considered one of the top three cleanest beaches in America.
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The 20 Best East Coast Beaches
By Lindsay Cohn
Published May 18, 2021
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When summer rolls in, we’ve got one thing on our mind: the beach! (The nostalgic jingle of the ice cream truck ranks a close second. Choco Taco, anyone?) Whether you can swing a week-long escape or just a quick day trip, knowing the best sandy spots within driving distance from home is key. Luckily, there are countless coastal gems up and down the eastern seaboard. From quiet coves in Maine to the bustling shores of South Florida, scroll on for 20 of the best East Coast beaches.
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1. Folly Beach, Sc
Just south of Charleston sits Folly Beach in the cute town of the same name. Exceedingly popular among families, visitors rave about the soft sand and clean, wide-open space to spread out. While you’re there, why not enroll the kiddos in surf lessons and swing by the famous 1,000-foot-long Folly Beach Pier?
Where to stay:
- Water’s Edge Inn (2 guests): $329/night
- Tides Folly Beach (2 guests): $339/night
- Four-Bedroom Townhouse (8 guests): $345/night
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2. Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, Fl
Bowman’s Beach is way more than just a beautiful place to pass a few hours. It’s one of the best destinations for collecting shells in the country. Beachcombers also flock to the shores of this Sanibel Island idyll in hopes of finding other seaside souvenirs such as coins, rings and other buried treasures.
Where to stay:
- Song of the Sea (2 guests): $219/night
- Sundial Beach Resort & Spa (2 guests): $469/night
- Vacation Condo (6 guests): $147/night
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3. Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Ga
You’ve probably seen images of driftwood trees springing up from golden shores on postcards or social media. But to see Driftwood Beach IRL is exponentially more impressive. Nestled on the north end of Jekyll Island, this impossibly picturesque destination will take your breath away (and garner a lot of likes on Instagram).
Where to stay:
- The Beachview Club (2 guests): $195/night
- Beach Cottage (6 guests): $189/night
- Oceanfront Cottage (6 guests): $450/night
4. Footbridge Beach, Ogunquit, Me
Seeking some serenity away from the hordes of summer holiday goers? Check out Footbridge Beach in the picturesque town of Ogunquit, Maine. Fewer crowds and a pristine shoreline make for a relaxing day. Don’t forget to bring your own towels, chairs, snacks and drinks because this quiet stretch isn’t stocked with amenities.
Where to stay:
- Pink Blossoms Resort (2 guests): $155/night
- The Dunes on the Waterfront (2 guests): $260/night
- Beach House (12 guests): $246/night
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5. Mayflower Beach, Cape Cod, Ma
Mayflower Beach in Cape Code is a terrific place to bring the family. Not only does it have spellbinding views as well as plenty of room to frolic and build sandcastles, but its bayside location means the calmer tides than other locales in the area. Upping the safety factor, there are lifeguards on duty.
Where to stay:
- Cottage Condo (2 guests): $140/night
- Bayside Resort Hotel (2 guests): $178/night
- Oceanview Cottage (6 guests): $165/night
6. Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island, Ri
Locals and in-the-know travelers love the seclusion of Mohegan Bluffs, situated on the southern edge of Block Island. Though it’s certainly not a secret, this incredibly scenic destination with rolling cliffs that reach 200 feet high is still far less visited than its neighbors—and that’s great news for anyone still trying to socially distance this summer.
Where to stay:
- The 1661 Inn (2 guests): $435/night
- Block Island Beach House (2 guests): $637/night
- Whitegate Cottage (4 guests): $285/night
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7. Kitty Hawk Beach, Outer Banks, Nc
Some people are content sunbathing all day while others prefer activities. If you fall into the latter camp, consider a trip to Kitty Hawk Beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This dog-friendly swath of golden sand has top-notch conditions for swimming, surfing and skimboarding. Beer is permitted, so if you want to pack a cooler full of frosty cans, go for it.
Where to stay:
- Oceanside Cottage (4 guests): $89/night
- Outer Banks House (7 guests): $199/night
- The View Cottage (10 guests): $275/night
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8. Gooch’s Beach, Kennebunkport, Me
Kennebunkport is one of the most beloved towns in all of Maine. When the call of an early-morning surf session strikes, visitors and locals alike beeline it to Gooch’s Beach. Swimming, seaside strolls and bass fishing off the pier also number among the popular pastimes. Plus, you can bring your pup in the summertime.
Where to stay:
- Kennebunkport Inn (2 guests): $189/night
- The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel (2 guests): $209/night
- Yachtsman Lodge & Marina (2 guests): $269/night
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9. Hampton Beach State Park, Nh
New Hampshire doesn’t quite have as much coastal cache as Maine or Massachusetts, but there are still plenty of great spots to get your seaside fix. Case in point: Hampton Beach State Park, which has soft sand, surfable waves and lovely views. It’s also close to many seafood restaurants and family-friendly attractions.
Where to stay:
- Oceanfront Condo (4 guests): $279/night
- Pearl on Perkins (6 guests): $230/night
- Family Vacation Home (8 guests): $349/night
10. South Beach, Miami Beach, Fl
For a livelier getaway replete with glitz, glamour and unparalleled people watching, nothing compares to South Beach. Famous for a reason, this iconic stretch of sand runs from South Pointe Park to 23rd Street. After basking in the sun, go for a walk on the promenade, grab a drink at one of the many nearby bars or peep some Art Deco architecture.
Where to stay:
- Palihouse Miami Beach (2 guests): $155/night
- Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach (2 guests): $218/night
- Lennox Miami Beach (2 guests): $265/night
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11. Bethany Beach, De
We took into account a number of factors when naming the best beaches (i.e., sand, surf, crowds, atmosphere, amenities). And Bethany Beach sweeps every single category. It’s the sort of place you’ll see multigenerational families digging moats and teens putting down their cell phones to join in on the wholesome fun.
Where to stay:
- Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott (2 guests): $249/night
- North Bethany Beach Luxury Home (10 guests): $550/night
- Elegant Vacation House (12 guests): $379/night
12. Main Beach, East Hampton, Ny
The real estate may be prohibitively expensive, but at least you can still live like the rich and famous for an afternoon on Main Beach in East Hampton. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean, play a rousing game of paddleball and enjoy a picnic lunch. (Pro tip: stock your basket with gourmet delights from Citarella in town.)
Where to stay:
- Renovated Classic Cottage (6 guests): $533/night
- Cottage by the Beach (6 guests): $1,250/night
- Sweet Cottage in Village (8 guests): $495/night
13. Ocean City Beach, Md
Stretching 10 miles, the perennially popular and always buzzing Ocean City Beach offers way more than golden shores. Fill your time flying kites, fishing and admiring sand sculptures. Want to try a high-altitude activity? Give parasailing a whirl. There’s also a boardwalk with shops and eateries, plus an amusement park.
Where to stay:
- Dunes Manor Hotel, Court & Suites (2 guests): $322/night
- Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City (2 guests): $326/night
- Oceanfront Condo (8 guests): $117/night
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14. Myrtle Beach, Sc
A long-time favorite amongst South Carolinians and out-of-towners, Myrtle Beach hits the mark every time. The boardwalk-backed section, which runs between 2nd and 14th Avenue piers, is particularly popular with families as kiddos can’t get enough of the amusement rides such as the SkyWheel, arcades, mini-golf courses and ice cream parlors.
Where to stay:
- South Bay Inn and Suites (2 guests): $149/night
- Island Vistas (2 guests): $263/night
- Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations (2 guests): $489/night
15. Scarborough State Beach, Narragansett, Ri
With a relaxed ambiance and stunning views, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett holds its own against the other spots on our list. Hours fly by soaking in the vitamin sea (sorry, but you had to know that pun was coming), swimming in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean and marveling at the views from the observation tower.
Where to stay:
- Newly Renovated Rental (6 guests): $285/night
- Oceanfront Vacation Home (6 guests): $520/night
- Three-Bedroom Home (8 guests): $387/night
16. Coligny Beach Park, Hilton Head, Sc
For a stress-free day of fun in the sun, look no further than Coligny Beach Park. The well-maintained facilities include gazebos, swings, outdoor showers, changing rooms and picnic tables. You basically just have to bring a swimsuit and SPF because everything else is available to rent. Two final words: free parking.
Where to stay:
- Beach Villa (2 guests): $115/night
- Inn & Club at Harbour Town — Sea Pines Resort (2 guests): $369/night
- Surf Court 62 (6 guests): $128/night
17. Main Beach Park, Amelia Island, Fl
With its irresistible mix of pleasant weather, sun-kissed shores and warm waters, Main Beach Park on Amelia Island really does have it all. Add to that immaculate facilities—volleyball courts, a playground, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers and a skate park. It does get a bit crowded, especially during peak season, so best to go early.
Where to stay:
- Amelia Schoolhouse Inn (2 guests): $205/night
- The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (2 guests): $599/night
- Renovated Beachfront Cottage (4 guests): $235/night
18. South Beach, Bald Head Island, Nc
Another family-friendly spot to take the kiddos for some seaside fun, South Beach on North Carolina’s Bald Head Island offers calm waters for swimming and wide stretches of sand for playing games. Visitors can even rent bocce sets, lounge chairs and umbrellas (thus eliminating the need to lug around all your beach gear).
Where to stay:
- Shell Cottage (4 guests): $343/night
- Remodeled Home (4 guests): $517/night
- Creek Estates Home (13 guests): $599/night
19. Jetties Beach, Nantucket, Ma
Nantucket calls to mind fresh-caught seafood, preppy red pants and salty breezes. Located within walking distance of town, Jetties Beach encapsulates all that in a single sublime destination. After catching some rays, toss on a coverup and head to Sandbar at Jetties Beach for fish ‘n’ chips and frozen drinks.
Where to stay:
- Martin House Inn (2 guests): $159/night
- Nantucket Resort Collection (2 guests): $209/night
- 76 Main (2 guests): $346/night
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20. Ship Bottom Beach, Long Beach Island, Nj
Ship Bottom Beach is the sort of place that people keep returning to year after year. And it’s not hard to figure out why. This quieter strip of Long Beach Island (or LBI as locals refer to it) boasts an endlessly scenic shoreline to swim, surf, paddleboard, collect shells and relax under the sun.
Where to stay:
- Hotel LBI (2 guests): $246/night
- Daddy O Hotel LBI (2 guests): $343/night
- Beach Condo (6 guests): $140/night
Beaches of Eastern Crimea 2022 — photo, video, description
Beaches of the Eastern Crimea
The eastern part of the Crimean peninsula is a wonderful place to relax. Tourists are waiting for two seas at once — the Black and Azov, and both offer beautiful sandy beaches. We hope that the guide will help you make a choice: Crimean beaches — all the coast on one page
In the South-East of Crimea, you will find such popular resorts as Feodosia and Koktebel, Sudak and Novy Svet. In the section you will find a detailed description of their beaches, services, entertainment.
Do you want to relax on the Kerch Peninsula in a crowded resort with all the modern infrastructure? Choose the beaches of Shchelkino. Prefer small villages and small bays? Then Kurortnoye or Yurkino will suit you. Intend to rest as savages? Choose the coves of the General’s beaches or the endless Arabat Spit.
If you need to heal, at your service are the healing muds of the salt lakes of Chokraksky or Tobechiksky.
Dreaming of the perfect beach holiday? Then feel free to choose beach 117 in Feodosia, fortunately, there are a lot of housing near it. The hotels and holiday homes are located directly across the road from the beach and offer modern…
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At Cape Karantinny in Kerch there is a small public beach Molodezhny, equipped with everything necessary for a full beach holiday.
Molodyozhny beach on the map of Crimea:
However, we advise you not to come here…
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The small Semiskalka beach in Kerch is not one of the most popular, and locals and tourists prefer the nearby Molodyozhny. But it is the young people who prefer the Semiskalka or, as the natives of these places say -…
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The traditional resting place for savages in the East of Crimea, the Quiet Bay of Koktebel, is gradually turning into a civilized beach, which causes indignation among the old-timers, but may help to preserve this unique corner…
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One of the most popular places for swimming and beach holidays in the New World is the Royal Beach. It received its modern name after a visit to this place by the Russian Tsar Nicholas II at the beginning of the last century.
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The sandy beaches of the Kurortnoye village near Kerch are one of the best places for a summer holiday in the Crimea. Comfortable housing is rented in the village at budget prices, there are cafes, shops, but its main advantages are proximity to. ..
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For those who want to find a completely wild coast in Crimea, a real discovery will be the beach in Yuzhny on the coast of the Feodosia Bay. Despite the fact that it is located half an hour from Feodosia and is a continuation of…
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There are many great places for swimming on the Sea of Azov near the city of Kerch, and the beach in Yurkino, a small village on the shores of Bulganak Bay, is one of the best.
The beach of Yurkino village on the map of Crimea:
Despite the size, there is…
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Gorplyazh — the main city beach of Kerch is located on the Arshintsevskaya Spit, on the outskirts of the city. Because, although the city stretches almost along the entire Kerch Bay, there are not so many convenient places for swimming here…
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Popular with the residents of Kerch, but puzzling to its guests, Turtle Beach is about 150 meters long and is located almost in the center of the city. The fact is that algae rotting at the edge of the water have a very … beaches in the east of Sicily
This article is about the beaches of the east coast of Sicily. The main city in this part of the island is Catania, where it is quite convenient
to get both from other cities of Italy, and from Russia (more about transport links here).
Therefore, it is quite logical to take Catania as a starting point and consider the resorts located on opposite sides of this city:
north and south.
North of Catania
Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Letojanni, etc.
Let’s start from the north, because, if we talk about the eastern coast of Sicily, then it is here that the most famous and popular resorts among tourists are located.
This is, first of all, Taormina, as well as Giardini Naxos and Letojanni located nearby.
Taormina (Taormina) needs no special introduction. This is one of the most interesting cities in Sicily, which also has the glory of an elite
seaside resort. Want to relax in style? No problem! Taormina will help you spend your money easily and naturally. The benefit of the lack of luxury
There are no five-star hotels here. If you focus on the proximity to the sea and choose from among the hotels with their own beach, then it is worth
look at options like Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea and
Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace. Both hotels are on the beach
Mazzarò (Spiaggia di Mazzarò) , have direct access to the sea and have all the equipment necessary for a comfortable beach holiday.
Also worth mentioning is the La Plage Resort, which is located on
picturesque beach Isola Bella (Spiaggia di Isola Bella) . In terms of service, it is perhaps inferior to the two above-mentioned hotels, but
location is fantastic.
However, there are options for less wasteful travelers: see, for example, the apartment complex
Residence Degli Agrumi Mare, directly on the beach of Mazzarò.
(By the way, the location of this complex is sometimes not quite accurate on booking sites. The building is really located right on the beach —
next door to the Grand Hotel Mazzarò Sea Palace.) Another interesting and
a relatively inexpensive option (given that you can accommodate the whole family or a large friendly company) — apartments
Suite Adalgisa (two apartments under one sign) with excellent sea views,
located approximately equidistant from Isola Bella beach and from Mazzaro.
As for the actual beaches, they are pebbly in Taormina. Moreover, large stones often come across at the water’s edge, and therefore the entrance to the sea in places is not too
Comfortable (need special shoes). In addition, the beaches are small, and there are many who want to sunbathe on them. At the peak of the swimming season (July-August), find free
a place can be difficult even on paid beaches, not to mention free sections of the coast (here
admire). By the way, there are not many of them here: Mazzaro is almost completely commercialized, Isola Bella in this sense the beach is more democratic. But also some
alternatives are available. (Read more about the beaches of Taormina and their features in this article.) Be that as it may,
if a beach holiday is a priority for you, and Taormina interests you insofar as, then, in our opinion, it makes sense to give preference to other places.
Time to visit Giardini Naxos and Letojanni. Unlike Taormina, these are much cheaper resorts.
Giardini Naxos (Giardini Naxos) looks a little more respectable in comparison with Letojanni. Moreover, there are quite
nice sandy beaches. Most of them are paid, but there are also free ones. This place is popular not least because
from here it’s a stone’s throw to Taormina — about 20 minutes by bus (see map).
www.interbus.it), and buses run frequently (every 15-30 minutes during the season).
In turn, getting to Giardini Naxos from Catania is also easy — about an hour by bus (see the same site), and there are direct buses from
Airport of Catania (Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa). In addition, there is a railway station nearby, between Taormina and Giardini, which
called — Taormina-Giardini. Not only regional trains stop here, but also trains arriving in Sicily from the Italian mainland.
Thus, if desired, both Taormina and Giardini Naxos can be reached directly, say, from Rome by night or even daytime train (here and
further see www.trenitalia.com).
If we talk about accommodation, then there are different options. Near the aforementioned sandy beaches are, in particular, hotels
Sabbie d’Oro and
Villa Nefele. There are also apartments nearby.
Apartments Mikros. A little further from the center, pay attention to a small
cozy Hotel Orpheus. This is a very quiet and peaceful place literally on
seashore. It offers a small private beach, however, not sandy, but rocky, which is also good in its own way. Even further from the center of resort life
quarter 9 is located0083 Recanati , famous for its long sand and pebble beach. It is here that the representative of at least
well-known hotel chain — the Hilton Giardini Naxos hotel, with its own beach and
pool (this is a plus), but quite shabby with time (this is a minus). Fortunately, there are other options in Recanati: for example, apartments
Letojanni (Letojanni) is also not far from Taormina — again, about 20 minutes by bus. From Catania it is more convenient to get here by
railroad — about an hour to go. About the same from Messina. The beach in Letojanni is pebbly — long and wide enough. So even in July-August
there is enough space for everyone. Not everywhere is clean, but in general everything is more or less decent. Interesting accommodation options are also available: see, for example, a hotel
Maniel Beach Hotel, located right on the beach (the guests are provided with umbrellas,
sun loungers, etc.), a small guest house Taormina Beach House or
Apartment Appartamento Mare Marconi. Of course, there are also restaurants here.
shops, and tour desks. In a word, Letojanni is a typical resort village, where, by and large, there is nothing to do but sunbathe on the beach and walk
along the sea. A good place for a quiet measured beach holiday. If it were not for the jellyfish, which often visit here (as, indeed, in
Giardini Naxos, and to Taormina), it would be generally great.
On the coast between Taormina and Messina, apart from Letojanni, you can find other beach resorts. To many of them, as well as to Letojanni, it is convenient
reach by rail. These are, in particular, Sant’Alessio Siculo (Sant’Alessio Siculo) , Santa Teresa di Riva (Santa Teresa di
Riva) , Roccalumera (Roccalumera) , Nizza di Sicilia (Nizza di Sicilia) , Ali Terme (Alì Terme) and
Scaleta Zanclea (Scaletta Zanclea) . The list goes on. The beaches here are very often pebbly, as a rule, not crowded and beautiful.
suitable for a relaxing leisurely holiday. By themselves, the listed places are not remarkable, although some sights are all
will be found. For example, a castle on a rock near Sant’Alessio Siculo (Castello di Sant’Alessio Siculo). The castle is closed to the public, but nothing prevents
take pictures against its background — it is perfectly visible from the beach of Sant’Alessio. Scaletta-Zanclea boasts of having its own castle with an unusual
called Rufo-Ruffo (Castello Rufo Ruffo). It is open to the public (see details here).
In the end, if you want to diversify your vacation, you can always go on an excursion to the same Taormina, or to Messina, as well as to other interesting places,
among which are Savoca, Forza d’Agrò, the ancient temple-fortress of St. Peter and Paul near Castelvecchio Siculo (Chiesa dei Santi
Pietro e Paolo d’Agrò, Casalvecchio Siculo), etc.
There are also noteworthy accommodation options in the area: for example, a hotel
Donna Rosa (Sant’Alessio Siculo), apartment complex
Pozzo Lazzaro Apartments (Santa Teresa di Riva), holiday home
Villetta Lilla (Ali Terme) and others.
If we talk about the coast between Taormina and Catania, then there are good resorts here. Giardini Naxos is far from the only one. Yes, it was mentioned above.
pebble beach of the Recanati quarter. In fact, it stretches from here all the way to Riposto . This whole area is suitable for a beach holiday, and not
only for the “wild”, as you might think, but also for the completely civilized, since there are many equipped sections of the coast with sun loungers,
umbrellas, cafe-bars and other pleasant excesses. However, you need to understand that you should go here by car. And then you will find yourself in places where
no tourist has set foot (well, almost). You can stop, for example, in the place Fondachello (Fondachello) : see in particular apartment complex
The Green Seaside. One has only to take into account that the sea in this part of the coast
Closer to Catania, black volcanic beaches begin: in some places small sand and pebble beaches, such as, for example, in Stazzo (Stazzo) —
here is a link to Google Maps — or in the place Santa Tecla (Santa Tecla) —
link — but mostly rocky and unsuitable for swimming. As for the equipped paid
beaches, then, as a rule, these are platform beaches (you need to go down a special ladder into the water). In other words, count on a classic beach holiday
doesn’t have to be here. If this is not critical for you, then pay attention to the towns
Aci Trezza (Aci Trezza) and Aci Castello (Aci Castello) located on the so-called Cyclopes Coast. Stop here
at least for two or three days it will be interesting. There are also places suitable not only for lodging for the night, but also for taking sea baths: see, for example,
B&B Castello or
B&B La Scivola Rooms. Near these guest houses you can find both
paid platform beaches, as well as sections of the coast for «wild» recreation.
We also note that Aci Trezza and Aci Castello are of interest not only for car travelers, but also for tourists traveling by public transport.
transport. From Catania, it is quite possible to get here by AST bus (see map).
www.aziendasicilianatrasporti. it), or by regular city bus (see below).
www.amt.ct.it, Linee 534).
Generally speaking, the same platform beaches as in Aci Trezza and Aci Castello exist in Catania (north of the Catania Centrale railway station). Furthermore,
some hotels (for example, Plaza Hotel Catania) provide their guests with access
to these beaches. True, for the use of sunbeds and umbrellas, as a rule, you will have to pay extra. There are also sections of the coast with free access:
e.g. sandy-rocky beach San Giovanni Li Cuti (Spiaggia di San Giovanni Li Cuti) –
here it is on the map. Nice place to sit by the sea and sunbathe. You can also swim
but the entrance to the water here is not very convenient, although the water, according to the Italian Ministry of Health, is quite consistent with sanitary standards (see.
here, in the column «Comune» you need to write «Catania»). How
Be that as it may, much more interesting places from the point of view of a beach holiday are located in the southern part of the city. With them, we will begin the review of the beaches located
south of Catania.
South of Catania
Fontane Bianche, Avola, Lido di Noto, etc.
As mentioned above, there are beaches in Catania. Perhaps the best of them is La Playa (La Plaia, alternative spellings are often found: La Playa
and La Plaja) . It is located in the southern part of the city and stretches for several kilometers. The beach is sandy and quite wide. There are many equipped paid
plots, but there are also free public areas. Mostly townspeople, a lot of young people, have a rest, beach bars and discos work. Tourists also do not bypass
this place is by the side, good if you want to get here really even on foot (about half an hour walk from the center of Catania). But it’s more convenient to use
by public transport. The Linea D bus (see www.amt.ct.it) is at your service.
from Piazza Borsellino and then following along the long, long Kennedy Street (Viale Kennedy), which, in fact, stretches along
the above beach. There are several hotels nearby, including a five-star
Romano Palace Luxury Hotel and chain
NH Catania Parco degli Aragonesi. Both are quite suitable for a beach holiday.
However, you should be aware that La Playa is far from the best beach in Sicily. In general, everything is more or less decent, but the sea is shallow, and in some places
pretty dirty. In other words, you can spend a good couple of days here (for example, before flying out of Catania, since the airport is nearby), but it’s hardly worth
If you have a car, as an alternative, consider the southern suburbs of Catania — quiet and not crowded: see, for example, a small complex
Sicilia Vacanze Villa Anna apartment. Here is the same sandy beach
(beginning in Catania, it stretches up to Agnone , Agnone ), only in its «wild» incarnation. The sea is again shallow, but due to the fact that
in this area there are much fewer people, the water is noticeably cleaner than in the city (at least there is almost no sand suspension near the coast).
Further on, the coast becomes rocky again, but even in these conditions you can find quite interesting places from the point of view of swimming. As an example, let’s take
holiday home Villa Sciammaca, which is located on
rocky shore, but has its own descent to the sea (plus there is a small pebble beach nearby —
here it is on the map.
However, closer to Syracuse, sandy beaches begin to come across again, and even in those places where you don’t expect to see them. For example, in
Priolo Gargallo (Priolo Gargallo) . Paradoxical place! An extensive industrial area is adjacent here to the natural reserve of Saline di Priolo
(Saline di Priolo) and the beach. All the necessary infrastructure is available, including beach equipment, cafe-bars, discos, etc. etc.
Let’s not ignore Syracuse (Siracusa) . This city can hardly be called a beach resort. But if you really want to combine a visit
Syracuse with a beach holiday, then some opportunities are available. In particular, it is impossible not to mention the hotel
Musciara Siracusa Resort, which has its own sandy beach, and besides
It is also within walking distance of all major attractions (close to the railway station: about 15 minutes on foot). More
one tiny sandy beach is on the island of Ortigia (landmark — hotel
Royal Maniace Hotel. They bathe on Ortigia and in the port area (see.
on the map), but the water is not very clean. If you set a goal, then in the city of Syracuse
you can find a few more places for swimming, including a couple of platforms, but the best beaches are located outside the city.
If we focus on the proximity to Syracuse, then perhaps the best option is located on the territory of the nature protection zone Plemmirio
(Area Marina Protetta del Plemmirio, see plemmirio.eu) hotel complex
Grand Hotel Minareto, with its own landscaped area, two
private beaches (one on the rocks, the second sandy) and beautiful views of the sea and Syracuse. But this hotel is not for everyone. Of course nearby
there are also several free beaches, but to get to them, you need a car, which, again, is not suitable for everyone.
As an option, you should look at the resort village Arenella (Arenella) , where there is a sandy beach (quite crowded, I must say),
and more or less budget accommodation options can be found.
Fontane Bianche (Fontane Bianche) is an even more interesting place for a beach holiday in the immediate vicinity of Syracuse. You can get here for
10-15 minutes by train. The beaches here are sandy and are rightfully considered one of the best on the east coast of Sicily. In July-August, those wishing to soak up the
soft sand and splashing in the warm sea, of course, a lot, especially on weekends when all public beach areas in Fontane Bianche are filled to
refusal (on weekdays it is noticeably more spacious). Among the local hotels, we note hotels
White Bay (located almost on the beach) and
Villamare (a little further away, but also close to the sea), as well as an apartment complex
Residence Stella Del Mare (cheaper option).
Further south is Avola (Avola) , which can also be reached by rail (no more than half an hour from Syracuse). Railroad station
quite far from the beaches (20-30 minutes walk), but this is not just a resort village, albeit as pretty as Fontane Bianche, but rather interesting
original town. From Catania (or directly from Catania Airport) you can get here in about an hour and a half by bus (see map).
www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it, section Percorsi e orari, and
www.interbus.it). The beaches in Avola are sandy, quite spacious (when compared with the same Fontane Bianche)
and also free. Of course, there are hotels in Avola (see, for example,
Hotel Don Giovanni), and guest houses (in particular,
B&B Ermes), and apartments (e.g. apartment complex
Pantanello Solemar), as well as excellent fish restaurants.
There are interesting beaches not only in Avola, but also in the immediate vicinity. It is worth mentioning, at a minimum, such places as Gallina (Gallina) and
Piccio (Piccio) . If you travel by car, then pay attention to them too. Worthy of special mention
Lido di Noto (Lido di Noto) , where there is an excellent beach and the beach infrastructure is well developed. Lido di Noto even has a few beach
hotels like the Hotel Club Helios. True, they are, to put it mildly, not new — they are obviously repaired
would not interfere. How much more attractive are options like the Hotel Jonio
and the Ansise guest house, despite not having its own beaches. Finally,
sun loungers and umbrellas can always be rented on one of the private beaches of Lido di Noto. It is again more convenient to go here by car, although there are buses connecting
Lido and Noto itself, the city is world famous as one of the brightest examples of the Sicilian Baroque. (It is much easier to get to Noto by public transport
– there are trains and buses both from Catania and from Syracuse and other cities of Sicily; see above sites.)
To the south begins the Vendicari Nature Reserve (Riserva di Vendicari, see www. vendicari.net), at
on the territory of which there are several excellent «wild» beaches, and a little further — San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo) , with no less beautiful
beaches and developed beach infrastructure. One of the most interesting accommodation options in this area is a beach complex
Agua, consisting of villas for rent, apartments and a spacious private beach.
Perhaps its only drawback is its high prices. There are other options nearby (mainly apartments and villas —
SamPier, for example), but there are not so many of them, and in recent years the demand has clearly exceeded
offer, which can not but be reflected in prices. In short, living here is quite expensive, and you need to go here by car. Roughly the same applies
to village Marzamemi (Marzamemi) , although there are also relatively inexpensive guest houses (in particular,
Affittacamere Il Piccolo Porto, near Spinazza beach,
Spiaggia della Spinazza) and hotels (for example, Hotel Celeste, next to Marinella beach,
Spiaggia della Marinella).