Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Discovering small bays around San Vito lo Capo

I don't really like the main beach at San Vito lo Capo in the north west of Sicily. Yes, the stretch of white sand alongside the clear warm ocean is enticing. However, the strip of hotels that charge €150 for a beach chair and an umbrella puts me off. It's just a bit too commercial for something so pristine - but that's just my opinion.

To put it into perspective; at Boomerang beach close to our villa in Menfi in the south of the island, the beach chairs and umbrellas are free on a first come first serve basis.

So there are options if you are willing to look around and compromise on the main beach areas on the island. We discovered a small bay just a few minutes away from the main tourist attractions at San Vito lo Capo. This is where the locals seem to hang out, away from all the tourist noise. It's just a tiny splash of white sand surrounded by rocks and mountains in the background.

There are no immediate towns or shops close by and it sits slightly off the highway so there is also no noise but the soft murmur of the Mediterranean Sea and the voices of the handful of people on the beach.

The clear warm water is irresistible and we all decide to go for a swim. This is an exquisite place, more so for the natural surroundings and the clear seawater than for the beach itself. It's a great spot to have a splash and linger for a while to take in the beauty of it all, before continuing a journey.

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