(Note – Most of the pictures in this article expand if clicked on, to get a more detailed view)
1 The Blue Grotto
This might be your number 1 reason for visiting Capri island. Unfortunately, when I got there personally, I found out that the tide was too high for that day, and so the tour was closed. But, you can see the Blue Grotto by going on a boat tour and going into the crevice of the cave. If you want, they will allow you to jump in as well. The water is blue and the little opening of sunlight creates a reflection, which allows you to see through it. Would have been quite the experience if I could have gone, but I went during the wrong part of the year. I recommend going in May through August. I went in September, and they say this is when the water starts to get a little rougher. There are other places in Capri where you can go into the crevices of caves, however it’s definitely not as safe as this tour would be.
I know I missed it, but this still needs to be at the top of the list when you go to Capri. I don’t need the experience, just check out the picture!!!!
2 Capri Island Scenery
The scenery on this island is amazing. You might be at the bottom of the island and look up, to see a house at the very top. The houses are nestled in random parts of the island behind trees. The hotels are luxurious, as well as the shops.
You aren’t going to find more gorgeous scenery hardly anywhere. Can you imagine living in the house at the very top of the picture below?
This is the Marina where they say Ulysses was seduced by the sirens. It is located on the south side from where you will arrive, if you come by ferry from Naples. If you have a boat, it is a great place to park it and jump in the water. Also they have a few places where you can set up and sunbath.
When you see pictures like the one below in person, it’s hard to give this anything lower than a 10.
This is the side that you will arrive on. I took a lot of pictures just on the boat ride in. You have the shops located right where you get off.
The excitement of getting off the ferry and onto the Island, plus being able to arrive and take some pictures like this below, makes it a perfect 10.
This is where you can get amazing views of Marina Picolla and Faraglioni. Faraglioni is the famous three rocks that come out of the sea on the southern side. Not only is Augustus Gardens beautiful with an opportunity to take a lot of pictures, it also only costs 1 Euro to access it.
Perfection. One Euro to see a ridiculous amount of amazing views? This garden is propped up so you can see everything. It’s a very popular place for weddings throughout the year, and I can see why.
You might pay double what you pay anywhere else in Italy, on Capri Island. They know it is touristy, and so the prices are pretty high. So expect to spend a little more in advance.
If you are just buying food then it shouldn’t be a big deal, but if you are on a budget, don’t come here looking to spend money at shops.
How to get to Capri Island
Take a ferry from Naples. You can pay a little more for a high speed ferry (19 Euros) at Molo Beverello, or you can take the slower ferry for 12 Euros. This takes off from Colata Porta De Massa. These are one way tickets. So you will have to purchase return tickets in Capri.
Capri Island is one of those places that you can visit for one day and be amazed at how beautiful it is. But it is only a one day trip. Everything is pretty expensive and you can see pretty much everything in one day. It might have been the most touristy place I visited while I was in Europe. And for me, those types of places are fine for a while, but then they get old. It would probably be smart to call ahead before you actually take off for Capri, to make sure that the Blue Grotto is open. We went randomly and it was pretty disappointing that it was closed. I did actually get in the water though, which I am going to do a separate post on in the future.
Factoring in prices, the scenery, and the culture of Capri Island, I would give my overall experience an 8 out of 10. 10 being the highest rating. The scenery definitely props up the rating from what it would be without it. However, I got the feeling after taking a ton of pictures and wandering around for 7 or 8 hours, that I was ready to go. It’s an amazing place, but there isn’t much to do once the sun goes down, except spend money on a hotel and go to sleep. At least during the time that I went. You might be able to find some nightclubs during the summer time. But Capri Island is definitely a must see for at least a day!!!!!!! And if you are going to Capri, you are most likely going to have to go to Naples first, so check out my last article Italy Destinations – Naples – Travel Experiences before you go! And for more in depth information about Capri, visit Capri.com.