The Amalfi Coast is a stunning stretch of coastline in the Province of Salerno, Southern Italy. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a perfect example of the luxurious Mediterranean landscape with rocky cliffs surrounded by lush greenery and cascading into turquoise blue waters below.

    The coast is popular among those looking for a genuine Italian getaway that’s full of chic boutiques, delectable Italian cuisine, beautiful people and delicious wine. But the Amalfi Coast is more than just a destination to sip vino, go shopping and enjoy a scenic drive along the cliffside. It’s also home to several beautiful and diverse beaches where you can enjoy the Italian sun and take in some amazing seascapes. Discover the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast below.

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    Marina Grande

    Brightly coloured umbrellas and clear blue waters

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    Marina Grande is practically the centre of the Amalfi Coast and is the main beach on the coastline. Located right across from the Piazza Duomo, this beach is in front of the centre of town and runs 184 metres long and 40 metres wide.

    It’s recognizable for the brightly coloured beach umbrellas and sunbeds positioned in front of the glittering shoreline. These are for rent, as are towels, shower areas and other amenities. If you walk further down the beach, you’ll see other vacationers lounging on their beach towels on the rocky sand to avoid having to rent umbrellas and chairs. As this is the most popular beach, it can get quite crowded. But there is ample space, and if you go early enough, you can surely nab a spot.

    Location: Via Marina Grande, 270, 80076 Capri NA, Italy

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    Gavitella Beach

    Perfect for sunset sessions

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    This beautiful beach is one of the few on the Amalfi Coast facing west, which means it remains bathed in sunlight longer than most of the other beaches in the region. It’s the perfect choice for winding down in front of a truly gorgeous sunset, after a long day of sightseeing.

    It’s a bit of walk down to the beach, though – about 400 steep steps, making it an unsuitable choice for visitors who can’t make the descent. Even so, the beach is also accessible by elevator from nearby resorts. If you get there early, there are usually sunbeds and umbrellas available. What makes this beach unique and a popular choice among the younger tourists is the lively atmosphere. The guests of Gavitella enjoy live music and regular fun watermelon slicing (using sabres) on the shore.

    Location: Via Gavitella, 1, 84010 Praiano SA, Italy

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    Marina di Vietri

    Stunning views all around

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    Just 5 minutes away from Solerno, this young beach was created in the 1950s by a flood, which submerged the coast and created a stretch of sandy, pebbled seabed. Today, the beach offers panoramic views of the stunning Amalfi Coast and colourful pastel-hued hillside town above. It’s a popular holiday spot for families who enjoy the picturesque surroundings and clear waters.

    The beach has a private establishment on one side with spaces for rent and a free public area on the other.

    Location: 84019 Vietri sul Mare, SA, Italy

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    Lido Delle Sirene

    Food, swimming and sunbathing

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    Lido Delle Sirene or Mermaid Beach is close to the harbour and Marina Grande beach. Not usually as crowded as the Marina Grande, this beach still has stunning ocean views and beach services with changing rooms, showers and food readily available.

    Even so, this beach’s shoreline is rockier than the Marina Grande, so proper footwear is advised for strolling on the shore and swimming. A café overlooks the beach serving sandwiches, pasta, bruschetta and other Italian dishes.

    Location: Piazzale Del Protonitin, 4, 84011, Amalfi SA, Italy

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    Marina Cantone

    An oasis of sun and sea

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    This popular beach is located just at the edge of where the Amalfi Coast meets the Gulf of Sorrento. The Marina Cantone used to be an old fishing borgo. Now it welcomes tourists regularly to enjoy the clear and clean waters of the cove.

    The beach is accessible by car with a parking garage conveniently located beside the entrance. However, the beach is rocky as well, so be sure to bring water shoes.

    Location: 80061, Marina del Cantone NA, Italy

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    La Marinella

    Clear and calm waters

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    This little beach in between the Marina Grande and Mermaid Beach is located beside a restaurant of the same name and offers a small beach area and deck with umbrellas, sunbeds, and snacks and drinks.

    The water is remarkably clear, and the beach is a popular spot for families as the deck offers ample shade for beachgoers. The water is also shallower and calmer, making it perfect for children.

    Location: Lungomare dei Cavalieri, Amalfi, Italy

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    Fornillo Cove

    A calming option on the Tyrrhenian

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    Fornillo Cove is a small pebble-stone beach in Positano with a café and restaurants nearby offering salads, beer and light Italian fare. With the main beach of Positano, Spiaggia Grande, always full to overflowing in the summer, the Fornillo Cove is a quieter alternative for visitors looking for a relaxing afternoon. The beach has 3 private beach clubs and a cove that beachgoers can enjoy free of charge.

    Interestingly, Fornillo Cove used to be a nudist beach, and some individuals still arrive or sunbathe topless here.

    Location: 84017, Positano, Italy

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    Duoglio

    A secluded beach paradise

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    You can enjoy Duoglio beach if you don’t mind walking. This beach is only accessible by boat from Amalfi or via an intimidating series of steps – over 200 steps, to give you an idea. But many tourists say that the long walk is worth it when they arrive at the 170-metre long beach with crystalline waters and beautiful beach resorts.

    While the shoreline and seabed are rocky and require proper footwear, the beach is still a favourite spot among visitors who wish to snorkel as the clear waters offer great visibility. You can also enjoy delicious and unique Italian fare, like freshly made pasta and octopus salad, at the nearby restaurants.

    Location: Italien, Via Mauro Comite, 25, 84011 Amalfi SA, Italy

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    Cavallo Morto

    A small hidden treasure

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    This smaller ‘wild’ beach known as Spiaggia Cavallo Morto (or Beach of the Dead Horse), is located between Erchie and Maiori and is only reachable by boat or kayak. While that may not seem quite so relaxing, the trip pays off when you see the sandy shores of Cavallo Morto tucked below a cliff like a beautiful blue secret.

    The beach has crystal clear blue waters and is perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

    Location: Strada Statale Amalfitana, 18, 84010, Maiori SA, Italy

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    Castiglione di Ravello

    An intimate choice in the heart of Ravello

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    Ravello is one of the most charming towns on the Amalfi Coast, and its lovely beach is one of the most popular travel destinations known for its intimacy, majestic sun-kissed shoreline and gorgeous villas.

    Rocks and cliffs surround it, though, so it does get shady towards the afternoon, but its location also provides beachgoers with more privacy. Despite its popularity, this beach doesn’t get as crowded as some of the others.

    Location: Strada Statale Amalfitana, 13, 84010 Castiglione SA, Italy

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    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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