Many people come to Capri expecting to walk barefoot along stretches of soft white sand beaches, but we recommend you bring some shoes. The island is actually covered in sharp, volcanic rocks.
Fortunately, beach clubs run most of the sunbathing areas, meaning that swimming spots typically come with clean facilities, towels, chairs and seaside restaurants. Depending on the club, expect to pay between $15 and $30 per person per day.
Here are five Capri beaches worth visiting:
Bagni di Tiberio. On the north side of Capri, Bagni di Tiberio has been considered the island’s best beach for 2,000 years. Emperor Augustus’ favorite spot to kick back in the summer, Bagni di Tiberio is a mixture of pebbles and sand, as well as large rocks for sunbathers. Boats leave regularly from the hydrofoil ticket offices next to Marina Grande.
Marina di Mulo. On the south side of the island, head to Marina di Mulo, which was a beloved destination for jetsetters in the 1950s and 1960s. Just be sure to get there early in the day, since the sun usually leaves the bay by 4 p.m.
Faraglioni. If hanging with the stars is on your agenda, take a shuttle boat from Marina Piccola to the Faraglioni rocks, where two private beach clubs await with luxurious white mattresses spread out on the artificial sand.
Faro di Punta Carena. Willing to stray a little farther from central Capri? Take the 20-minute walk down Nuovo del Faro from Anacapri. There, you’ll find Faro di Punta Carena, a cove with a lighthouse in the foreground that is a go-to among locals for sunbathing, snorkeling and a casual restaurant.
Piscina di Venere. Finally, if you really want a secluded beach, pack a lunch, hire a boat and ask the driver to come back at a specified time. Many of the local seafarers know of untouched inlets, such as the Piscina di Venere, Venus’ swimming pool.