Kamari Beach
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This gorgeous black-sand beach is located on the southeast of Santorini, right at the foot of Mesa Vuono Mountain. It's a great place to sunbathe and swim—it's been awarded the Blue Flag for its clean and clear waters after all. There are lots more to do too—there are sun loungers and umbrellas for rent, Greek taverns and bars nearby, and water sports like jetskiing. Just be sure to wear protective footwear as the pebbly terrain can be sharp and hot. It's best to arrive early, especially during the summer, for fewer crowds. This beach is a common stop on a tour of Santorini, where you can explore more of the island with the help of an experienced guide. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • barney513
    Jersey, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach
    Lovely black beach. Water very clear, but beware it shelves steeply. I enjoyed swimming in it & very glad I had my swimming shoes on as it is impossible to walk on. I saw a few people really struggle barefooted or in flip flops! Not too crowed at all in May, especially if you are at the end where the huge rock is. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Travis0015
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and relaxing holiday 🥰
    Beautiful black beach with restaurants and shops nearby. We were there towards the end of May and the weather was just right and beach wasn’t crowded. I will recommend Kamari when visiting Santorini as it’s not as crowded and not as expensive compared to oia.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Sunshine755038
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beach for everyone
    After spending $25 per lounge chair in Mykonos it was great to go to Kamari and use 4 chairs and 2 umbrellas for FREE! That’s right, free! The only caveat is the restaurants ask you buy a drink or food while you are there. The scenery there is lovely and the water temperature perfect. It is a pebbly beach though so bring good waterproof sandals. This was a relaxing, magnificent way to spend a couple of hours while in Santorini.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Alex G
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach. Ideal for open water swimming
    One of the highlights of a European holiday is going to one of the local beaches and hiring a lounge for the day. Multitude options at Kamari most with food and drink options. For both our visits we used the lounges at Prince which were 10 euros for the day. Prompt and extremely friendly service for cold beers and food As an ocean swimmer back in Australia took the opportunity to swim along the beach and no ski jets or like which can be a hassle. Able to do a 2.5km swim in beautiful clear water. Can be difficult to enter beach but just take your time. Good local shops especially the bakery near the bus stop with fabulous cakes and chocolates ( on your left heading down to beach). Local bus service ideal for transport and interesting passengers and driving attitudes by locals.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Mia_Letitia
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beach
    Lovely beach! Yes it’s pebbles and yes definitely wear some beach/swimming shoes, so much easier going into the sea with these on. Saw far too many people struggle getting in and out. Our hotel had a private piece of this beach and we never struggled getting a sunbed, the rest of the beach pretty much looked the same. You can hear the planes coming in but not to the point they are too loud, they actually became a bit of a game for us guessing what company plane they would be. Was actually quite fun seeing them coming in and they aren’t that often really
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Resort829893
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved Kamari
    We loved Kamari. So many lovely shops, bars and restaurants. The beach was shingle and the sea a bit rough so it looked quite hard to get out of! The locals were really friendly. We would absolutely recommend it and would go back.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Kevin K
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Typical Santorini beach.
    Lovely beach of black volcanic sand and pebbles. The sun lounges range from free to around 10 euros. The free ones are ok as long as you are buying drinks. Try to avoid the sun loungers a bit further down as you are beckoned to use them but they are very tightly packed like a train and you will be mostly in the shade. Be reminded that the sun will move behind you in the afternoon so you need space to move sunbeds around. By the rocks as you come off the high street is best.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • bernadette948
    Manchester, United Kingdom145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    lovely views
    stoney beach which dips going into the sea. strong currant at the front of the sea so be careful with children as it pushed adults over. lovely views and good sunbeds with parasols. tai women constantly asking if you want a massage if you dont want one just shake your head and look away or they will stand there being persistant which is annoying when its every few minutes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • MrsDD
    Telford, United Kingdom284 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Water taxi bit pricey
    We got the water taxi from Perissa. €8 each way. Thought that was a lot for 15 mins on boat. Had to wade into water as there is no jetty either end. On way there it was rough and we got soaked getting off! It didn’t matter but be aware if you are not water confident. Beach was fine for swim. Seemed busier than Perissa but basically similar.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Susan P
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved my first visit to Santorini will definitely be returning
    Beach is of Volcanic sand yes pebbled that’s why advice beach shoes sun bed really a must single one cost me €7 for the whole day. If you do head into the sea beware of strong currents but it’s quite lovely, also if you do have a sun bed and wish to go for some food safe to leave a towel on your bed. Looking forward to my next visit either next year (2024) or definitely (2025)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 8, 2023
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Riva-Yvonne
Harrogate, UK60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
The beach at Kamari is black volcanic shingle rather than sand so a good beach shoe is essential.
Sunbeds are free at most places as long as you buy a drink so choose the ones with the plumper cushions.
Most if the bar owners are welcoming and have a good waiter service on the beach.
Beware the scam Vitenamese masseuses that tout for work in the beach. Agree a price, get the money ready and be prepared to get assertive. These women show a card, agree a price for a specific massage then as you relax they continue to massage other parts of the body then demand the extra money. They can't speak any English up to the point they realise you are not going to pay. Saw plenty of people being scammed by these ladies who work in teams and are communicating their next move with each other.
Written September 26, 2021
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Zia B
London, UK264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We visited the beach it had a nice low platform but be mindful after that it takes a steep drop down. Some waves when we visited, so good for swimmers but not too treacherous for less key swimmers. Parking available close-by. Sunbeds were free when we visited, die likely to the current climate COVID and all , but there were still people and even beach massage therapists. For €20 a back massage although they’ll quote you €50 which it probably would be in normal times.
Written September 23, 2020
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iaink2001
Southend-on-Sea, UK510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Kamari has one of the longest beaches on the island and is very popular, it's mainly black sand or pebbles in some areas. Lots of shops and restaurants close by, many of the sun beds are owned by different bars and hotels along the beach, but you can find some you can hire for the days, €5 for a bed and €2 for the umbrella, you can of course just put a towel down and sunbathe for free.
There's some good swimmg to be had, the beach is split from Perissa by a large rock at one end called Mesa Vouno.
Written September 30, 2020
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Travis0015
Sittingbourne, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful black beach with restaurants and shops nearby. We were there towards the end of May and the weather was just right and beach wasn’t crowded. I will recommend Kamari when visiting Santorini as it’s not as crowded and not as expensive compared to oia.
Written June 1, 2023
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The_Chiappone
Nottingham, UK180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Good beach for families, a bit touristic but nice. Kamari is a out of the crowds of Thira and Oia and has a nice long beach that is surprisingly not windy (most of the places in Santorini are). Shops are also significantly cheaper than in Oia or Thira. It is not infrequent to find similar items for half price in Kamari.
Restaurants are also abundant, but as usual, sitting on the beachfront comes at a premium.
Definitely a place for families.
Written September 15, 2020
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Adam R
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
The beach itself is nice and the sun loungers are clean and comfortable.

By far the worst thing about the beach are the Thai/Chinese masseurs that constantly harass you. They don’t just ask you if you want a massage, they sit on the end of your bed and touch you trying to persuade you to have one! I had to hit one with my book repeatedly to make her leave.

My partner did succumb to a massage, but made the mistake of not agreeing a price upfront and was stung €140.

Make sure you are firm and have a book handy if you don’t want a massage!
Written October 13, 2022
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DFWTravels
Texas57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Plenty of activity available. Water was cold and clear. The black sand it pretty, but a little hot and tough on the feet. Water socks would have made it more comfortable. I wore Keens with openings in the side and it was uncomfortable with the sand getting in my shoes. Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available if you buy $10 from one of the restaurants. Servers from the restaurants deliver food and drinks to the beach.
Written July 17, 2021
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em_godfairy
Mebane, NC91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The water in Kamari is very clear, but you cannot really tell due to the black stones that make up the beach. The overall vibe of Kamari is very laid back, which is quite different from Oia or Fira, which have many tourists. Many delightful cafes line the main street that runs parallel to the sea and the area is not short on boutique hotels, either. This area is a great option for travelers looking to stay somewhere away from the crowds of Fira, etc., but close enough to still easily visit these places.
Written August 28, 2021
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B C
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Kamari beach is not for children or people who like to walk on the beach. The beach looks lovely but it is all stones and really hard to walk on. No sand at all. Each restaurant has beds on the beach for free.
The town itself has plenty of restaurants and bars. But all quite expensive. Drinks especially expensive , one measure of whiskey €8 Rum €8 pint of beer €6. Going out every night works out an expensive holiday.
We went in October so it was quite quiet which we liked. But no music anywhere or in any bars. We done boat tours and we took a bus to Fira which only cost €1.60 Fira is Fabulous and no dearer than Kamari.
I wouldn't go back to Kamari.
Written October 22, 2023
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nidriholidaymaker
essex60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great beach to spend some time. Lets address peoples moans. Yes it has pebbles you knew that when you booked the resort. Bring some shoes to swim in. Lots of planes! you knew that it was next to the airport when you booked. I like the planes. Yes there are lots of sunbeds and it's busy. You knew that when you booked. It's the same on every beach in a busy town. You get the sunbeds for free if you buy one drink so you can expect it to be busy. If you want to get out of town for a day the local buses cost 1.6 euros a trip and easy to use. they all go via the main town Fira then you catch another to the town you want to go too.
Written September 28, 2023
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