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Cary, North Carolina
September 26, 2007
From journal Greece Is the Word: Part 2 - Santorini
August 1, 2007
From journal Tranquil Santorini
by Coronado Bob & Berie
October 17, 2004
From journal Santorini, A Slice of Heaven
April 22, 2003
Once you’re in Kamari, head down towards the sea past the white houses and you’ll discover the postcard-perfect long stretch of volcanic sand and pebble beach. Unfortunately, much of the beach is taken over by rentable umbrellas and sun loungers, but head towards the headland on your right and you soon come to a decent sun-lounger-free zone. The sand is a dark grey mixture of small pebbles and sand that gets frighteningly hot during midday. If your feet are not made of steel (and how many people’s feet are?), I strongly suggest you bring a pair of shoes down with you to the edge of the water, otherwise you'll risk burning the soles of your feet.
The water is great for snorkeling -- the dark sea floor contrasts marvelously with the bright colours of the fish and the dappled sunlight. You can arrange diving lessons and tours in town, but I much prefer the old plastic-snorkel-set-and-underwater-camera approach.
Head away from the headland towards town and you’ll find a whole host of shops and restaurants along the shore, shamelessly geared towards tourists. Unfortunately, Kamari had long ago surrendered its character to the almighty tourist dollar by the time we got there, so we didn’t find a great number of the beautiful characteristic houses you find in Hora/Fira town.
Getting food got a bit tricky. Many restaurants advertise "genuine" local specialties, but I tend to stay away from glitzy menus in five different languages and many of these restaurants are geared towards a middle-aged clientele. Most restaurants along the Kamira strip just seemed to churn out an endless quantity of mediocre "Greek" food. You’re much better off grabbing various munchable goodies at the lush and well-stocked supermarket (follow the signs from the main pedestrian road) and bringing them down to the beach for a well-deserved picnic. That said, you’d be more than justified to slide into one of the many cocktail bars along the strip. The bars are geared towards a younger crowd, are less expensive than those in Hora/Fira town, and have great seaside views. The atmosphere tends to dim down at night and these cocktail bars actually turn out to be quite romantic near dark.
From journal Falling in Love with Santorini