The best beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast
The best beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast
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May 17, 2024
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A summer in Italy isn't officially summer if you aren't lounging underneath a beach umbrella on a beach chair. There is something that continues to allure us year after year to La Costiera Amalfitana, the Amalfi Coast, despite the increasing prices and nearly unbearable crowds. It’s the magical, cliffside terrain, glamorous seaside lounging, and al fresco lunches that draws us closer each year round. If you’re looking to splurge and live your Italian summer to the fullest, discover some of our favorite beach clubs along the Amalfi Coast. 

If you are hoping to head to one of these beach spots this summer, make sure to book in advance as spaces are limited and fill up quickly.

Sorrento 

Although not technically part of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is the perfect gateway to exploring the stretches of coastline. Sorrento itself boasts dramatic cliffs, colorful homes, beautiful beaches, and is my favorite place to start. Leonelli’s Beach is a storical, three-generational beach club establishment that has become one of the most wellrenonwed in town. Located in the center of an enclosed bay, Leonelli’s offers three terraces with deckchairs, sunbeds, and beach umbrellas with direct views of Naples and Vesvuis. Situated along Sorrento’s Marina Piccola, Peter’s Beach offers access to turquoise water backed by cliff sides, sandy beaches, seafood lunches, and sunset cocktails. Bagni Salvatore is my favorite beach spot in Sorrento, which is located next to Roman ruins, the remains being the Villa of Agrippa Postumus. The complex is spread across three large terraces with the clearest waters and views of the Sorrento peninsula. 


Positano

Colorful houses perched along cliff sides, Positano was my first visit and first love along the Amalfi Coast years ago. Skip the main beach under the center of town and hop on a boat taxi to take you to Arienzo Beach Club Positano. Notorious on Instagram for its white and orange striped umbrellas, Despite its increasing popularity amongst influencers and celebrities, Arienzo Beach Club’s pebble beach surrounded by towering cliffs still remains humble and relaxing. Sip on a fresh cocktail from the bar and don’t forget to book a spot for lunch served at the beach club's restaurant and bar. 

If you’re looking to stay closer to inland but without Positano’s crowds, La Scogliera Positano is a small hidden corner of paradise. The beach club provides visitors with a luxurious and relaxing experience, complete with sun loungers, umbrellas, and direct access to the beach. Guests can soak up the sun, swim in the azure waters, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Positano’s famous backdrop. 

Praiano 

Nestled between Positano and Amalfi, Praiano is a charming and intimate coastal town that offers a more tranquil and authentic experience compared to some of its more bustling neighbors. Marina di Praia is one of the main beaches, offering clear waters nestled between two rock edges. If you’re looking for an atmosphere that mixes relaxing with a bit of partying, head to One Fire Beach Club. The staff is welcoming, the views are calming, the colors are vibrant, and when 4 pm rolls around, prepare yourself for a bit of fun as the staff likes to hold a ritual end of day dance party that will make you go Tiktok viral. 

Conca dei Marini

A stop away from Praiano, Conca dei Marmi is a tranquil village known for its Grotta dello Smeraldo, or Emerald Grotto, a sea cave famous for its brilliant emerald-green waters. Apart from touristic sites and exploring the white-washed town, I like to carve out time for a day at La Tonnarella, a rustic, seafood restaurant preferred amongst locals. In front of the restaurant lies a handful of lounge chairs and blue beach umbrellas where you can relax before or after lunch. 

Amalfi 

One of the most iconic and historic destinations in the region, visitors flock to Amalfi to visit its central square dominated by the impressive Cathedral of Saint Andrew, wander through the medieval streets, and explore the town’s artisanal paper-making industry. Aside from the towns main beach in town, called Spiaggia Grande, travelers should take the opportunity to hop on a boat and explore hidden coves around the corner from the center of town, like Santa Croce Beach that is an isolated wonder or Duoglio Beach, a secluded, intimate gem characterized by its pebbly shoreline accessible by a staircase carved into the cliffside. 


Vietri sul Mare

A stone’s throw away from Salerno, Vietri sul Mare has become my summer home away from home. Each season I look forward to hopping on a train from Naples and visiting this artisanal town, renowned for its vibrant ceramics industry and relaxing coastline. After a morning weaving in and out of ceramic factories and shops, make sure to head to Vietri’s best kept secret: Spiaggia dei Due Fratelli, a cliffside beach club that looks out to Vietri’s most famous landmark: the “due fratelli’ rocks in the middle of the sea. 

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Words by Gabriela R. Proietti

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