Kamari Beach

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Linda
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
I would not recommend Kamari to young families, unless they have the use of a swimming pool. The beach is obviously black and volcanic, but it is very stony, especially opposite the (very nice) Zorba restaurant area. We could not walk into the sea without falling over large rocks. So I didn’t even attempt it. There is a much better beach at the far end of Kamari, near the big rock. It’s easy to get into the sea here , although the water’s edge shelves very steeply, very quickly. The beach here is also finer - more like sand - but it still not great for sand castle making! And I would still recommend wearing sea shoes. However, it was a quieter end of Kamari and we noticed more families. There is a regular water taxi to Perissa that departs opposite the Hook Restaurant, and you pay on board. Or you can walk up the zig zag road and over the (rather huge)rock to Perissa. We walked up this road to visit the archeological site of Ancient Thira at the top, only to find it closed - despite checking its openIng hours online in advance. So always double check,! However, the 50 minute gradual climb was worth it just for the spectacular views. In my opinion, the main attraction of Kamari is the huge number of restaurants along the main strip. We were spoilt for choice, but as couple in their early 60’s, if we had to recommend, we would choose Navy’s to eat, and The Albatross, and also the
Prince bar for a drink. Excellent music at all three venues!
Written September 21, 2021
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Greg P
10 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The girlfriend and I visited here yesterday after previously going to Perissa beach a couple of days before.

The beach it’s self is described as a black sand beach but it’s more of a pebble beach Based on the section we sat on. There’s just a small segment of black sand a few meters in length before you actually reach the sea then it turns into slippery rocks when you get into the shallows. Much unlike Perissa which was course black sand the whole way along.

You can easily get a free sun bed to sit on for the day if you go into one of the beach front restaurants and buy a drink. If looking for value for money though I would avoid the central area where prices seem to be nearly double what you would pay compared to walking down the beach front for a few minutes. The staff in the place we visited though, sorry I can’t remember the name, were very friendly and bought refreshments down to your sun bed very quickly. Beers, cocktails and soft drinks all available. We paid around 4 euros for a beer and 7 euros for cocktails.

One annoying thing I found about this beach was the amount of persistent massage ladies walking up and down trying to sell you a massage. It felt like we were being asked every few minutes and it became quite irritating after a few hours.

To get there we got the bus from Thira bus station which run about every 30 minutes and costed 1.60 euros each way with a journey time of around 15 minutes. Our bus left a few minutes early so I’d try to make sure you’re there with time to spare just to be safe.

Overall if I had the choice I would choose to go to Perissa beach every time over this one, especially if visiting with Children. It has a better beach, no rocks for you to potentially slip on when in the sea and I found it better value for money when purchasing refreshments. However still worth a visit if you having a longer stay in Santorini.

If you’re looking for somewhere nice to eat and don’t want to try the Greek style beach front restaurants. I’d highly recommend juicy burger around 100 meters from the main bus stop. Suitable for vegetarians to and great value!
Written September 23, 2020
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Riva-Yvonne
Harrogate, UK65 contributions
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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il0vemarrakech
Warrington, UK170 contributions
Aug 2020
Kamari is the most popular beach on Santorini which is in my opinion a little over organised with lines of sunloungers belonging to the corresponding cafes and restaurants along the seafront.
Most are currently offering “free” use of the beds with purchase from the cafes and bars although they do levy a minimum spend.
The sand is black volcanic and very very hot underfoot, that and the stoney entrance to the water which depends quickly make water shoes essential. You can buy them everywhere for about €9
The downside to its popularity is that it is plagued by massage touts who are frankly a nuisance and need to be completely ignored as a firm “no” is still seen as an invite.
Other sellers of bracelets etc continually disturb the peace.
Also the sun disappears behind the mountain quiet early - around 2 hours before the sun sets.
Written August 25, 2020
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William D
San Antonio, TX9 contributions
May 2022
My favorite part of the trip was the hike from Fira to Oia, but this hike was not easy for me. There were times I wanted to give up and call for a taxi, the downside was there was portions of the trail you had no other choice but to continue on. Kamari beach was nice with small black pebble for sand. I would recommend sandals or water shoes. Perissa beach has a finer black sand but there are a few options getting there. Bus, taxi or rent a car. Bus was 1.60 and would take about 1.5 hours to get from Kamari to Perissa. Taxi would cost 35 euros one way. We opted to rent a car for 50 euros and was worth it. It took us 25 minutes to get there.
Written May 15, 2022
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em_godfairy
Mebane, NC91 contributions
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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DFWTravels
Texas55 contributions
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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Zia B
London, UK133 contributions
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, UK368 contributions
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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The_Chiappone
Nottingham, UK192 contributions
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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