Venture out with the kids to the Amalfi coast’s simple beach clubs in coves accessible only by boat along the coast, where you will find not only the best swimming, but also incredible cuisine with all produce from the local establishment’s family garden and only the freshest fish.
Santa Croce Beach (Amalfi)
Ristorante Santa Croce The cove at Santa Croce beach is lovely for swimming with children, a place where you will find mostly locals arriving to swim and dine. The beach club also has kayaks and beach toys available to rent for very modest prices. The restaurant menu is simple, and reasonably priced, also offering a nice opportunity to have an early dinner as it serves continuously from lunch through dinner. I love the alici marinate, but I haven’t convinced the kids to try them yet. In this area, anchovies are only served caught daily, so they say that if a seafood restaurant does not have anchovies on the menu, one might want to question whether or not they are truly offering fish caught that day in general! My daughters love the tiramisu, spaghetti alle vongole, and calamari fritti. They even offer gluten free pasta by request. We love taking a peek at the garden.
Ristorante Da Adolfo The swimming at the beach at Laurito has been among my favorite spots along the Amalfi Coast since my first visit in 1990, when I swam in from a boat for a late lingering lunch with friends. Try the grilled scamorza on lemon leaves, a type of smoked mozzarella, and the menu changes daily with a range of seafood delights and fresh produce from the area.
Conca dei Marini
Ristorante La Tonnarella This restaurant does not have its own beach club, but there is very nice swimming in Conca dei Marini for families. La Tonnarella has a slightly more sophisticated menu than the other two, so perhaps a nice choice for dinner or a long Sunday lunch. The polipo all’insalate (octopus salad) and the parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmesan) were top choices, but the entire menu is enticing so it’s difficult to choose.