This summer it has been a real treat to travel around the world visiting a new beach every Tuesday. We’ve been to both Long Beach Island, New Jersey  and the La Maremma beach in Tuscany, Italy with Lisa Fantino. We saw the beautiful Giannella  beach in Argentario, Tuscany with Katie Greenaway.  Andi Perullo took us to two exotic and dreamy spots, one in Cuba and the other at the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia.  Cherrye Moore brought us back to southern Italy by showing us Tropea’s tantalizing beaches, the Giovino beach and Soverato’s sizzlin’ beach in Calabria. And I gave you a peak at the beautiful Fornillo beach in Positano, right here on the Amalfi Coast. That’s a lot of beach time … I hope you had your sun block on!

As the beach days begin to wane, this week I’ll be wrapping up my Tempting Tuesday beach series. But, on this last day of August, I just couldn’t resist sharing with you all some photographs I took this summer at my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast – the Santa Croce beach in Amalfi.

Located just west of Amalfi, this heavenly beach is only a short boat ride away. (Or, if you’re feeling like some exercise, about 400 steps below the Amalfi Coast road.) During the summer, there’s a local boat service that runs throughout the day from Amalfi, and the ride only costs €2.00. Or, you can take the free boat service offered by Ristorante Da Teresa, the one with the orange umbrellas in the photos below, if you plan on dining in their restaurant or paying to rent a sun bed and umbrella.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Beach


The beach at Santa Croce is small, rocky and absolutely perfect. I think the water is perhaps more beautiful here than any beach I’ve seen on the Amalfi Coast.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Sea


Now do you you believe me?


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Incredible water


The larger rocks form a swimming area that is fun to explore, especially for kids who seem to love splashing around in the beautiful water.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Water


I’m usually off exploring the rocky area with my camera. I don’t know how this plant can survive the intense summer sun!


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce taking photos


There are few places on the Amalfi Coast that I find as peaceful as the Santa Croce beach. Sometimes I close my eyes and see this photo.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Sailboat


I found a beautiful spot at the end of the beach and sat down for awhile watching the tiny crabs run back and forth on the rocks below. Not a bad view, eh?


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce Rocks


These are the summer days I’ll be remembering as the weather turns cool and I pack away the swimsuits, flip flops and beach hats for next year.


Ciao Amalfi Coast Blog Santa Croce feet


But, until then, I’ve got the sound of the sea to carry me through until next summer, when I’ll be back at Santa Croce beach!



If you want more tips and information on visiting the Santa Croce beach, check out the post I wrote last summer about my favorite beach on the Amalfi Coast.

  • Lucia

    Amazing…love hearing the water lapping up against the rocks, it's so clear and looks refreshing. Yesterday in Toronto we almost broke the record for hottest day, we were one degree away! It's so humid, the sea would come in handy right now!

    August 31, 2010
  • nyc/caribbean ragazza

    I wish I was there at this very moment. Gorgeous photos.

    September 4, 2010
  • bella (roz)

    Che bella! Grazie for sharing . . . I dream of Italy when I see your photos! Roz

    September 6, 2010
  • Chef Chuck

    I really enjoy your photos and short movies I feel like I just visited the sea, so beautiful thank you. Patty
    Chef Chuck's wife!

    September 7, 2010
  • Laura

    Ciao Lucia! Hope the heat breaks there in Toronto soon. Our weather has turned bad lately and I'm starting to miss those summer beach days already!

    Ciao nyc/caribbean ragazza! Me, too! Back to those pretty summer days… 🙂

    Ciao bella! You are very welcome. So happy you enjoyed!

    Ciao Patty! Thanks for stopping by! Always happy to share a lovely day on the Amalfi Coast with others. 🙂

    September 10, 2010
  • Jenny

    Lobes this post! We are visiting Positano and Amalfi from Sorrento for one day in a couple weeks. Do you think the water will be warm enough to swim? Also — should we do Positano first and then head to Amalfi and take the bus back from there? How close is Santa Croce Beach to the bus station we’ll be getting off at? (Still looking into ferries for all of this but it’s difficult to find times online). Thanks very much!

    September 18, 2012
    • Thanks for your comment, Jenny! I think you’ll want to plan to hit the beach in either Positano or Amalfi rather than Santa Croce if you just have one day to see both towns. Santa Croce is about a 15-20 minute boat ride from Amalfi. The water is still pretty nice now – about 24 C/ 75 F. Be sure to check the schedules on the last bus back from Positano or Amalfi to Sorrento, because the taxi ride is expensive! 🙂

      September 23, 2012

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