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Beachfront hotels

We are planning to spend 4 days in the Amalfi area before heading to Rome:

1. Looking for a hotel with best beaches, Sorrento or Positano?

Any other recommendations?

Only interesting in beachfront hotels (less than 5 min walking).

2. Do hotels provide a transportation to/from Naples train station? How much would be Taxi/Uber?

3. Does it worth to rent a car to see other cities/villages?

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1. Re: Beachfront hotels

... beaches on the Amalfi coast are not the long white sandy strips you may have in mind ... most Italians consider sandy beaches “sporco” (dirty) and prefer small pebbly/rocky beaches ... in Positano you can find hotels on or convenient to Marina Grande which is the large beach there ... many hotels along the Amalfi Drive are on the water but the road sits 200 to 300 steps above so you might check that your hotel has an elevator ... driving the Amafi Coast can be a great adventure but parking is expensive to non-existent ... if you drive be certain your accomodation has parking and be prepared to get about mostly by bus, ferry or water taxi. all that said, the AC is beautiful beyond words and I have been going every year for decades ... enjoy!

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2. Re: Beachfront hotels

Thank you, Frank.

Yes, I do not expect a Caribbean type beaches, just want to be close to water.

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3. Re: Beachfront hotels

Mostly italians consider sandy beach “sporco” (actually sporche...) what? I don’t understand what you mind but I believe you’re pretty wrong.

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... thanks for the spellcheck Luigi ... my Italian friends explained to me that sandy beaches make the water murky which looks dirty ... pebbles and rocks keep the seaside water clear ... maybe I have the wrong Italian friends?

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5. Re: Beachfront hotels

In Positano we have stayed at (and loved) the Covo dei Saraceni on a number of trips. You may want to check it out and see what you think. Its got - in my mind - the advantage of being down at the water rather than high up in town. So the dock, the beaches, and the water access are at your doorstep. The main beach in Positano isn't my favorite. I'd walk over to Fornillo or maybe go to Da Adolfo (take boat from the dock) for a beach day with great food. NB: Fornillo loses sun a little earlier than the main beach though. Again, all easy options to access with minimal effort from Covo's location. Some people have said the noise from the boats docking bother them at Covo, but honestly we've stayed there several times over the years and never had an issue. Our rooms have always been located a little higher and over to the side. Excellent views.

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6. Re: Beachfront hotels

Agree with Luigi. Where do you find Italians from rich to poor in Summer? On the beautiful sandy beaches of Italy - just a couple of hours drive South from the Costa Amalfitana (sssh) is where you'll find Napoletani on the Cilento coast with miles of sandy beaches. Many others prefer Puglia, Toscana, Rimini.

On the Amalfi Coast we loved Marina di Praia. It's pebbly (you'll need swim shoes) and very small; gets pretty crowded but September it's more accessible. Lots of locals bring their own sunbeds and umbrellas. The Hotel Alfonso a Mare is nice - not luxurious but the location is idyllic. Or you could rent a villa high up in Praiano Alto with lovely views. Very true about sky high parking costs and that's when you can find a space which can be a challenge.

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... I usually take an apartment on the beach in the fishing village of Conca dei Marini ... parking is provided at Hotel Belvedere at the top of the stairs ... there is a bus stop there as well a water taxi service from the beach ... Amalfi is less than 10 minutes ... Positano perhaps 20 minutes.

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8. Re: Beachfront hotels

Sorrento doesn't really have beaches and it's not on the Amalfi Coast. Positano is where I always stay and I walk over to Fornillo as already recommended. One thing to keep in mind about Positano is the iconic views that you see in photos will not be from beach level. If you want the "traditional" iconic views you need to stay up a bit higher by the road where many of the hotels are located and then just walk down. Not to say you won't have views, but not quite the same at beach level

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9. Re: Beachfront hotels

Thank you all for helpful replies.

One more question.

What is the weather like in mid September?

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10. Re: Beachfront hotels

The sea temperature will be glorious - about as good as it gets. The weather - wonderful. It's our favourite as still very warm but comfortable; no-one can guarantee anything with weather of course.

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