Most people don’t go to Capri for the beach and, in fact, the island only has two of them. But, if you’ve already bought the sandals, visited the Tiberian Leap, circumnavigated the island past the Blue Grotto, and had a limoncello in the piazzetta, the local’s Capri beach may sound inviting.
The first beach is next to
Marina Grande and is where you go if you don’t have time to take the funicolare up to Anacapri and a taxi or bus back down the other side to Marina Piccola. The local Capri Beach
The beach, like many on the Sorrento peninsula and environs, has no sand. Rather there are rocks the size of mangoes, pears, plums, and kumquats that crackle like breaking glass when the waves go out.
There are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, but don’t expect a high end stabilmento (Italian beach front with services). You can sit a yard from the water with a view of the peak where Emperor Tiberius forced his young victims to jump to their deaths. The Mediterranean is cristalline, drawing you in until you leave your sunbed and go for a swim.
This isn’t a jet-set Capri beach; this is the spot for Italians, locals and their children. It is authentic Capri, something visitors don’t see too often.
p.s. – Plan to wear your flipflops or swim shoes into the water until you pass the fruit salad of pebbles near the shore.
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