Mingardo Beach

It is the first long beach stretch of Marina di Camerota, located outside the town and just before Capo Palinuro. It is the longest beach and in some parts is also 200 m wide; it includes a number of beaches for a total of about 7 km. The beach starts next to the mouth of the river Mingardo and has a secular pine forest behind it, which offers shelter during the hottest hours, and a place for pleasant walks between the typical plants of the Mediterranean scrub.

Along the beach and the coast there are some caves, one of them is the famous Il Ciclope club.

There are well-equipped areas with lids and restaurants. Thanks to its extension, even in high season it is never too crowded.

The beach, like the backdrop, is predominantly sandy and the depth steeply increases a few meters from the shore. A great place for swimming and windsurfing, you can easily reach numerous walkways and staircases located at different points of the SS562 coastal road. Along the coast there are some paid car parks and many waterfront parking spots.

  • SAILING BEACH

Also known as the beach Cala del Cefalo or Pertuso (a dialectical name attributed to the hole in the rock that make the tunnel on the road above), it’s so called for the triangular-shaped sailboat that lies in the center of the beach that makes it so characteristic and unforgettable. It’s about 300 meters long and there is a small bathing establishment that provides summer services, particularly busy on weekends.

The beach consists predominantly of sand and, in part, also by pebbles and can be reached directly from the SS562 coastal road through the stairs.

The last area of the Mingardo Beach, it is about 600 meters long, located the last hidden part of the rocks, is known nationally as a destination for LGBT Tourism and since June 2011 formally authorized to naturist tourism. In its first part, near the descent to the sea, there are some equipped lids, then it becomes free and wild, with no equipped facilities.

The sandy beach is interspersed with rocks, and at its back there are several caves that create many suggestive corners. Some are usable as shelter during the hottest hours.

You can reach the coastal road through the stairs: to go to the area dedicated to naturists you have to walk a few hundred meters directly on the beach.

Cala d’Arconte Beach is set in one of the many beautiful coastal stretches of Cilento, only 2 kilometers from Marina di Camerota and 6 from Palinuro. It is a beautiful golden sandy beach characterized by a very wide coast a few hundred meters long, among wild rocky cliffs covered with maritime pines and secular olive trees, fewer towards the sea. The Cala d’Arconte (named after the Greek Magistrates) has two twin beaches. The first, Arconte, is located in one of the many splendid coastal stretches of the Cilento and is characterized by a beautiful 240 meter long coastline. Ideal for the relax lovers as it is very beautiful, it is also one of the least crowded beaches, in summer it offers some bathing services.

This is a beautiful sandy beach located in a quiet area, nestled between rocky cliffs degrading to the sea and covered with typical Mediterranean plants. The seabed descends gradually and the coast at the sides of the beach offers wonderful setting for snorkeling. It can be reached from a small branch on the coast in Porticello. Here you can leave the car and you can walk on foot through a steep and shaded little paved road.

  • PORTICELLO

This lovely beach 270 meters long, apart from July and August, is a fairly quiet place. In summer it is served by several seaside resorts and is predominantly gravel, but in the interior is sandy: it can be reached from Capo Grosso beach via a walking path only on foot.

  • LITTLE CALAS ALONG THE COAST

From Capo Grosso to the beach of Calanca there is about one kilometer of very indented coast where you can find some small calas; in two of them there are tiny beaches that can accommodate only a few bathers at a time, offering intimacy and privacy. The first small creek is called Lupinara, for local use to lead to the lupins harvested in the countryside, while the second is known as U’Puzzillo or Cala re’Ncine, a dialectical name attributed to sea urchins. There are no beach services here.

These are both mixed with pebbles, gravel and rock and are reachable from the ground by trails and staircases starting from the beach of Capo Grosso or from the trail that starts at the end of Calanca beach.

The last beach above the village, with a narrow coastline and 300 meters long, behind which you’ll find an off-road that goes along the coast. This trail is ideal for visiting the small creeks and the beautiful Saracen tower that stands in the promontory not far from the end of the beach. In August it becomes one of the most crowded beaches, with many hotel facilities but still with a small part of the beach free. Do not miss the sunset here, it’s a wonderful view. The beach in its central part is sandy, while the extremities are mostly pebbly. It has waters of beautiful colors suitable for all ages, with sandy bottoms that slowly degrade and retain a shallow backdrop even tens of meters from the shore.

You can reach by car to Via Mazzeo, where the car parking spaces are limited, then you access through the steep stairs.

The Island in front of the Calanca beach is uninhabited, and called the Isle of Mermaids or the Rabbit Island. It has a length of about 150 meters, a maximum width of 95 and a coast of 400 meters. On the island there is a vegetation of Mediterranean scrub. The whole island has been traced back to human traits since prehistoric times. There is no sand so practically there is no beach because it is completely surrounded by rough rock and access is not easy, apart from the fact it is privately owned. You can reach it with a nice swim about 130 meters from the coast.

Also known as San Domenico Beach, it is located beyond the eastern arm of the quiet tourist harbor. Almost 400 meters long, it is well prepared for both young people and families; it offers a playground, games room, rides and it’s near downtown restaurants, making it the most complete and stocked, ideal for families with children. The beach, just a few steps away from the old town, has the backdrop of the country and from above the remains of the castle, which was the ancient summer residence of the Sanseverino marquis.

In the evening, it becomes the ultimate coastal promenade and becomes a meeting point for the whole town.

Characterized by a wide and several meters long coastline, it offers fine, well-groomed sand, the waters are clear and secure even for children. The sandy bottom is shallow and gently deepening. You can easily access the coastal road or directly from the village and just off the beach there is a large parking lot.

The last beach is accessible by car, and located close to the Zancale tip, with the tower of the same name. Through a staircase and a short path you can get to the tower and admire a beautiful view of the coast and the east side of the village. The beach is almost 500 meters long, with secular olive trees rising behind it and there are several unobtrusive caves though well visible. Among the various caves are the Serratura and the Cave of Lentiscelle, which hosted a reconstruction of the Leone di Caprera boat, the mythical boat of the oceanic crossing made in the second half of the nineteenth century, currently preserved in Milan in the Museum of Science and Technology. At the far end of the cave begins the Mediterranean Path that leads to Porto Infreschi.

On the beach there are several lids equipped with snack bars and restaurants, where you can rent pedal boats and canoes.

A large beach, it’s made of sandy gravel sand depending on the part where it stops. The seabed is predominantly sandy and underdeveloped although it is shallow. Easy to reach by car as you walk, the street leads directly to the beach and close to the beach there is a large parking lot.

From here the beaches can be reached by boat or by more or less dirt paths, mostly on foot (about 1 hour for Pozzalo and 2 hours to Porto Infreschi). The coastal road leading down to the beach offers a breathtaking panorama, so it is advisable to go on foot and come back back by boat to fully enjoy the beauties of Cilento