One of the strangest aspects of the biggest island in Tuscany is how each area is completely different from all the others. Each of the hundreds of beaches in Elba is like no other: you can find long ones with golden sand, or tiny coves made of of small shingle, black sandy ones, or with pure white shingles, and even smooth granite cliffs. These beautiful beaches, with breathtaking views, and the crystal clear sea are in no way inferior to the typical Caribbean beaches.
The pages we have made up refer only to the main beaches - it would be impossible to list every single tiny grove - and our aim is to help you choose where you want to lie in the sun or go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear sea.
In most beaches, the sea gets deeper the further in you go, with exception of the sandy beaches of La Biodola, Marina di Campo, Lacona, Procchio and Fetovaia; here the sea is very shallow and doesn't start getting deeper until after about 30-40 metres.
All the beaches are free on the island of Elba, or at the worst, a good part on each beach is free.On most of the bigger beaches there are fully equipped bathing establishments where you can hire not only bathing huts, sun beds and sun umbrellas, but also practise many water sports. Some beaches also have what is called a "Punto Blu", where you can hire your sun umbrella and sun bed and use them on the part of the beach that is free.
Although the law doesn't normally allow it, there are beaches on the Island of Elba where nude swimming and sunbathing is accepted. We have made up a list of six areas in Elba where it has been done for years.
And finally, one last piece of advice should your day at the beach be ruined because you have been stung by a jellyfish: natural relief and not once you've been stung!