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The Marina is the main boating area, with taupe, semi-sandy Spiaggia Grande the largest and widest beach of the six or so in the area. Fishermen—once the dominant workforce—now function as a cooperative group, supplying local kitchens; they can be seen cleaning their colorful, flipped-over boats and mending their torn nets throughout the day, seemingly oblivious to the surrounding throngs. To the west of town is the less-crowded Spiaggia del Fornillo, which you can get to by walking the gorgeous Via Positanesi d'America (leading from Spiaggia Grande). Fornillo is worth the walk, as it is vast and hemmed in by impressive cliffs. To the east of Positano is a string of small, pretty beaches, separated by coves—La Porta, Arienzo, San Pietro, and Laurito—most of which are accessible only by boat.
Spiaggia del Fornillo. Positano received a Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) in 2010—the only beach on the coast to do so—in recognition of its water quality, safety, and services offered. The Spiaggia Grande (large beach) has the glorious, rainbow-hued backdrop of the town, but for a more informal atmosphere and lush vegetation, follow the Via Positanesi d'America to the Fornillo beach. Almost 300 meters long, the beach was a favorite of Pablo Picasso because of its position between the medieval Trasita and Clavel Towers. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling, swimming. Positano, 84017.