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The 4 Dreamiest Towns Along the Amalfi Coast

The 4 Dreamiest Towns Along the Amalfi Coast

With miles and miles of zig-zagging cliffs dramatically dropping into the emerald blue waters below, the stretch of scenery from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno (also known as the Amalfi Coast), is a mythical destination welcoming millions of travelers each year. 

The best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is during the summer and early fall months. The sea temperatures are warm as explorers from all across the world make the trek to the seaside towns to cliff jump, enjoy traditional Italian food and fresh seafood, and take in some of the world’s most spectacular views.

Any time of year, however, travelers discover that getting to the Amalfi Coast takes more research and planning than other destinations due to its location as well as the number of things to do and see in the region. From scenic trails like Path of Gods, to stunning beaches such as Fornillo, the Amalfi Coast has something for solo travelers, traveling couples, and families alike. 

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Here at Safe Travels Kit, we’ve reviewed more than 15 years of traveling through Italy to compile our top recommendations on the best towns to visit, where to eat, stay, and relax in the dreamy Almalfi Coast region. Read below to help plan your next adventure:

1. Positano

The colourful and picturesque seaside town of Positano is the most famous of the towns along the Amalfi Coast, and for good reason. While there is public transportation (a bus system), and the option to rent scooters, using Positano as a base for a vacation to the Amalfi Coast means easy access to ferry boats that run between each of the towns on the coast daily, which are a very cheap option for transportation. Speaking of transportation, a cruise down the popular Amalfi Drive to take in the views is a must. 

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For favorite activities, the Positano Spiaggia is one of the most popular beaches in the town known for it’s colourful umbrellas and turquoise blue waters. Learn to make two of Italy’s most famous cuisines (pizza and tiramisu) in the private home of a local, or try some of the region’s most famous wines at Swirl the Glass.

For a day trip, book a tour to visit the impressive archeological site of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius itself. Explore the ruins, visit the baths, and make sure to stop at some out-of-town villas close by.

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Lodging is Positano is a no-brainer. With plenty of private bed and breakfasts, boutique hotels, and resorts, you would be hard pressed to find a location that didn’t have a beautiful view. However, the best hotel to lay your head after a busy day of exploring, is no doubt the Albergo Miramare Positano. Only 350 feet from the centre of town, and 200 feet from the beach, the possibilities for relaxation and exploration are endless.

2. Amalfi

The namesake of the Amalfi Coastline, this city was once home to a celebrated paper-making industry. While today it thrives on a bustling tourism industry, it is a quick day trip from Positano (your home base for your time at the Amalfi Coast, remember?)

First, hop on the ferry at Positano and take the 30-minute trip over to Amalfi. Make sure you get there on the first ferry out as Amalfi can get extremely crowded, especially during the peak summer months. 

Make your way to the main square, Piazza del Duomo, first. Admire the striped cathedral and its magnificent bronze doors before making your way into the back streets to wander for a while. Stop for a famous lemon-cream cake (delizie al limone) at Pasticceria Panza, and learn more about the Amalfi Coast’s tradition of handcrafted papers at the famous stationery shop, La Scuderia del Duca.

For the best view at the Amalfi Coast's hippest meeting place, stop into Franco's Bar, followed by lunch at a beach nearby via boat service provided by Da Adolfo. Boats leave daily at both 10AM and PM, with return service from 4PM onward.

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If pretty pastels and white sand beaches are more your preference, following the walking path to the fishing town of Atrani nearby, also known as the smallest community in Italy. It spans only .08 miles, making it easily walkable. Before getting back on your ferry to Positano, make sure to grab a lunch at A’ Pranza. The octopus and calamari are solid choices.

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3. Capri

A short 45-minute ferry will take you out to the stylish island of Capri. The ferry here is, in our opinion, one of the most stunning boat rides on the Amalfi Coast. Immediately upon setting foot on the island, the colourful vintage cars will surely catch your eye. Follow the signs up to Capri town and promptly buy a lemon granita from the stand in the square for a cool, refreshing snack. For a more filling dining experience, stroll into Da Paolino -- a charming restaurant known for its stunning decor and traditional Neapolitan menu.

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You’ll want to take in the best views possible on Capri (and there are no shortages of them!), so catch an open-air taxi up to Anacapri, and take the Monte Solaro chairlift (pictured below) to the top of the mountain. Here, you’ll discover fantastic views across the island and down the Sorrento peninsula. 

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In the afternoon, take a gozzo boat tour around the island, or lounge Slim Aarons-style at La Fontelina Beach Club, which is known as one of the most beautiful beach clubs in all of Italy. It’s been in operation for more than 50 years and serves some of the freshest seafood on the island.

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4. Sorrento

While most visitors simply pass through Sorrento on their way to Positano or Capri, it’s a beautiful and charming town that absolutely can’t be missed. You can access Sorrento via the 40-minute ferry from Positano, via rail, or by car. 

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Known to be slightly more metropolitan than other towns along the coast, Sorrento has a number of unique restaurants and activities to partake in that may not be found in other villages. The most popular spot in the town is the town square, known as Piazza Tasso. Here, visitors can find a number of cafes, including  D’Anton, which is an interior design and decor shop turned cocktail lounge. 

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After spending some time sipping, snacking, and people watching, meander through the maze of narrow back streets in Old Sorrento, where you'll pass by beautiful private homes, artisans' shops, luxury hotels, and street food vendors. Don’t pass up fresh limoncello gelato and fries Queen's Chips (trust us on this one!)

For lodging, there's no shortage of quality options. You can book a stay at the luxe Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, the paradise of Conca Del Songo, or Lo Scoglio for the freshest local cuisine. Grab a glass of bubbly at their vine-covered champagne bar La Pergola, followed by adinner at Ristorante Donna Sofia (named for Sofia Loren). Stick around and enjoy one of Sorrento’s breathtaking sunsets, and take a 25 minute taxi-ride back to Positano (the ferry’s don’t operate at night). 

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When to Visit Amalfi Coast

While Italy is beautiful year round, the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast for the best weather, most affordable lodging prices, cheaper flights, and less tourist crowds, is most certainly spring and fall (May and September). Temperatures are the most comfortable during this time with highs in the mid-70’s.

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A Summer Guide to Chic Rosemary Beach, Florida

A Summer Guide to Chic Rosemary Beach, Florida

Planning a domestic trip but still desperately craving those chic European vibes? Look no further than the quaint Southeast town of Rosemary Beach, Florida. Below, we share where to eat, stay, and play on the Emerald Coast.


About Rosemary Beach

Located on the Florida panhandle, Rosemary Beach is an up and coming community along the popular stretch known as 30A. Close in proximity to Panama City Beach just an hour away, it offers a charming and European-like experience filled with walkable cobblestone streets, high-end shopping, award-winning restaurants, and Mediterranean style oceanside homes. Stark white buildings and lush trees line the sidewalks downtown and all the way to the posh private community of Aly’s Beach nearby.  

Rosemary Beach

With a population of only 4,328, walking around Rosemary Beach immediately makes one feel as if they are strolling through a Southern European seaside village. The relaxing vibe coupled with the breathtaking scenery and ever-changing food scene makes Rosemary Beach a must-see destination in the Southeast United States.

Where to Stay

Located just steps from Aly’s and Seacrest Beach, sits a gorgeous coastal colonial home owned by the rental company, Yourcation Awaits.

Accommodating up to 16 guests, this relaxing beach home features 5 bedrooms, 9 beds, and 4 and-a-half baths featuring sustainable bath products, making it perfect for family vacations or bachelorette parties.

Rosemary Beach

Just 30 minutes from the Panama City Beach Airport, the rental property has a full kitchen, free parking, a full rooftop deck, and access to a private pool and a private beach across the street. The sunny space is also dog and kid-friendly, and boasts an open concept first-floor with plenty of room to cook, laugh, play, drink wine, or unwind. 

Throughout the house, guests can find six large flat screen TV’s that tout Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, and ESPN. In the game room lounge upstairs is a giant bean bag, a wet bar, and mini-kitchen with microwave, mini-fridge, and a large bank of board games.

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A free coffee bar is also available in the downstairs kitchen and third floor kitchenette, making watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from the houses numerous porches and rooftop the ultimate dream. 

 

Where to Eat

1. Chiringo

Hop in the rental car and head towards Grayson Beach to find the beachside gem called Chiringo that serves Spanish-style dishes, fresh seafood, and handmade cocktails. 

Featuring only the freshest saltwater staples and product, guests can dine inside or on the open air rooftop to enjoy beautiful Gulf views. 

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While it is best to go at sunset, reservations can be made for any time Chiringo’s is open. Recommended menu items include the ‘Snapper Fish Spread,’ the ‘Fried Gulf Shrimp Basket,’ and the luxe ‘Lobster Roll’ served on a toasted brioche bun with fresh lemon.

2. La Crema Tapas & Chocolate

Located across the street from The Pearl Hotel in downtown Rosemary Beach, La Crema Tapas & Chocolate provides a unique experience for diners wishing to try authentic Spanish cuisines. 

This bright, cozy cafe offers small plates, chocolate confections, homemade sangria, and other craft cocktails. 

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There is an outdoor dining area street side that is perfect for people watching (especially with a cold sangria in hand), but the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so make sure you get there early to snag a prime spot.

Recommended menu items to order include the ‘Seafood Paella’, the ‘Cheese Fondue with Crudites’, and a glass of red sangria.

3. The Pearl

One of the most popular — and stunning — hotels in the Rosemary Beach area, The Pearl Hotel, is a vibrant, luxury hotel located in downtown Rosemary Beach. Resembling architecture one would find in the South of France, The Pearl features an art gallery, an award-winning spa, and an AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Havana beach Bar & Grill. 

The Pearl Hotel

Guests can dine at the restaurant in a number of ways (and all of them are good choices!) The main dining room has live piano music nightly, the veranda has full views of the Gulf and Main Street, the rooftop is the perfect place for sunset, and the lounge is a great place to meet friends for a cocktail.

Food served here is farm-to-table and features a fusion of cuisine from the Texas, Louisiana, and Cuban, and Mexican cultures. 

4. Modica Market

A short drive down the road from the Yourcation Awaits property, sits a hidden gem tucked away in Seaside, Florida: the Modica Market grocery store.

An eclectic mix of global and local cuisines, plus libations and cooking essentials, Modica Market is a can’t miss spot if you find yourself in 30A. This isn’t your typical grocery store, however.

Located in the middle of the store is a bar that serves fresh cut meats, homemade side dishes, and our personal favorite: jumbo mimosas to-go! Filled with fresh fruit, champagne, and Florida orange juice, a small is $8 and a large is $12.

Pro tip: A few short steps from Modica Market, one can also find The Great Southern Cafe. Here, they serve the most unique and prettiest cocktails to go! We recommend the “Cocolada” with fat free vanilla ice-cream, dark rum, pineapple rum, and coconut milk with a side of oysters on the half shell.

 

Where to Play

1. Seacrest Beach

An upscale, private beach located down the road from Aly’s, Seacrest Beach is a spot for endless relaxation. 

Boasting sugar white sand and turquoise waters, a morning spent on Seacrest Beach is a morning well spent.

30A Beaches

Even better, the beach is home to a local grocery store, Seacrest Sundries, and a popular bike trail called Timpoochee Trail (the perfect place to ride your bike from Peddlers 30A). There is a private pool located at High Pointe Resort, with two more pools located at The Villas at Seacrest which are the two largest pools in the area.

Since the beach is private, access can be rather difficult. However, if you stay at the Yourcation Awaits property, entrance to the beach and multiple pools is included in the price of the stay.

 2. Peddlers 30A Bike Rentals

Known as the largest bike rental company in Rosemary Beach, Peddlers 30A is more than just a place to rent bikes.

Aly's Beach

The bike Pavillion, which is located in Seacrest, also features a fun bar called Peddlers Pub, where you can grab a cold drink on a hot Florida day. The location recently opened up a full-service sit-down bar and restaurant called Kickstand that plays live music nightly during the summer. There are also fun local shops selling unique art and beauty products in the Pavilion a short walk away.

Bike rentals run between $30 to $40 depending on the type of bike.

3. Camp Helen State Park

Less than five minutes drive from the Yourcation Awaits property, Camp Helen State Park is a oceanside playground perfect for spending a day outdoors.

Camp Helen State Park Florida

Using the honor system to pay an entrance fee of your choice (recommended $4 minimum), Camp Helen is a 183-acre park where people can walk, bike, beach comb, bird watch, or hike! 

Camp Helen State Park

It’s a mile walk through sand from the parking lot to the beach, but the views (and the shell harvesting!) is well worth the work out.  

This spot can get crowded especially in the summer, so it is best to arrive to the park when it opens at 8am. The entrance fee is good for the entire day, and you can stay until the park closes. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so it is an absolute must-see when visiting the 30A area.

When to Visit 30A

While 30A is beautiful year-round, the best month to plan a visit is in the month of October. The tourist crowds are gone, and the weather is still amazing with the water of the Gulf still being warm enough for swimming.

This month, adult visitors can also enjoy one of the state's largest and chicest costume parties at the posh Aly's Beach. Attendees go all out in beautiful attire and dance until the morning hours. 

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While the last year and a half have been uncertain and less than ideal for everyone, recent reports have shown a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the future of the travel and hospitality industry. In fact, a recent consumer survey from VRBO, the American vacation rental online marketplace, 82 percent of families have a trip planned for 2021, while 65 percent of travelers overall said they had more plans to travel in 2021 than they did in previous years.

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Regardless of where your travel takes you or how you get to your destination, the Safe Travels Kit hopes to accompany you — on the road, on the rails, or in the sky.

Our first-to-market antimicrobial and hypoallergenic travel and airline bedding kits include an ultra-soft seat cover that fits both economy and business seats, a standard size pillow cover (15x20in that can also be used as a seat back tray cover), 10 sanitizing wipes, and one surgical face mask packed into a parachute washable packing cube, all to ensure a cleaner, more comfortable journey. Kits can also be personalized by adding monogram with luxe stitching of up to three letters for only a $10 add on on your pillow case. Sets are also washable up to 40x! 


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