The Sorrento beaches aren't exactly numerous. In fact, there is only one true beach in town. The others are manmade piers of sorts that are owned by hotels and can only be used by guests. That being said, Sorrento visitors who have plenty of beach time in mind can find some tantalizing strips of sand in nearby regional destinations, and as you might imagine, these beaches are busiest during the hot summer season.
Sorrento's very own beach can be found at the picturesque harbor that is Marina Grande. A rather small beach, it is narrow and pebbly. The tiny bay that it sits on is often lively, thanks largely to the fishermen who dock their traditional boats right on the beach itself. Put all this together, and it isn't exactly the best beach for utter relaxation, though the nearby eateries and the overall atmosphere certainly help to justify a visit. Around sunset is an especially good time to drop by, especially if you manage to secure a table at a waterfront restaurant. Marina Grande beach has sun chair and umbrella rentals.
Just east of Sorrento is the small village of Sant-Agnello. Essentially part of Sorrento, Sant-Agnello boasts a small and sandy beach that can make an excellent alternative to the Marina Grande beach. Known as Marinella Beach, this beach sits at the bottom of a cliff and features a restaurant, a bar, changing rooms, umbrella and chair rentals, and watersports equipment rentals.
As is true of Sorrento, the town of Vico Equense calls the Sorrentine Peninsula home. A popular resort in its own right, the town offers a number of beaches. Many of these beaches are small and can be found in scenic coves. Among the most renowned is the beach at Marina di Equa. It boasts bathing facilities and is overlooked by a Gothic cathedral.
Punta del Capo
Not far from Sorrento is a wonderful beach that is backed by dramatic cliffs. The beach's name is Punta del Capo Beach, and only adding to the allure are the nearby Roman ruins. Also found near sandy Punta del Capo Beach is a great swimming hole that is known as the Bath of Queen Giovanna. Sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling are among the top activities at Punta del Capo Beach.
Just south of the Sorrentine Peninsula unfolds the scenic Amalfi Coast, and it is home to some splendid beaches that Sorrento area visitos won't want to overlook. Among these beaches is Amalfi Beach, which is found in the town of Amalfi. This small and pebbly beach is often crowded. Other beaches found along the Amalfi Coast include those that are found in Positano, Maiori, and Minori. Paestum, which is primarily known for its Greek temples, is home to one of the best area beaches and also deserves special mention. Some of the Amalfi Coast beaches have facilities, and some Amalfi Coast hotels offer private strips of sand for their guests to relax on.
Capri and Ischia
During the summer especially, many Sorrento visitors hop on ferries and hydrofoils and venture off to the nearby islands of Capri and Ischia. Both of these islands, while not known as being world-famous beach destinations, feature beaches for the beach enthusiast to consider. On the island of Capri, the best is arguably Bagni di Tiberio beach. Only reachable via a steep, rocky path or by way of boat, this pebbly beach meets clear waters and features various facilities for the visitor to take advantage of. Over on the island of Ischia, those who only have time for one beach might head straight for Spiaggia di Citara Beach. Found near Forio, this scenic beach has natural thermal springs.