We visited Baratti beach during the summer 2012, we stayed locally ( Park Albatros ) decided to try as another holidaymaker had recommended.
The beach has a " rustic" unkept feel but is absolutely beautiful in every way, gently shelving, nice warm water, little beach huts serving food/drinks. You can rent most water sport items from the huts also.
The car parking is a short stoll from the beach and is only 1euro or so per hour, well worth it trust me !!
We visited Baratti a few times over our second week and wish we had gone sooner, our kids had a ball floating in the sea with their goggles on looking at the fish and other sealife.
Overall.... Baratti is a " little bit of heaven " in Tuscany !!
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