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Visiting Capri with Children

Are you planning a family vacation on Capri? Here are all our child-friendly tips, from beaches to restaurants.

Visiting Capri with Children
Visiting Capri with Children
Visiting Capri with Children
Visiting Capri with Children
Visiting Capri with Children
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Since my first child was born, I have officially become a member of the Mommy Club, and I realize that travelling with little ones involves a bit more planning and logistics. Which is why I'm happy to share my insider tips with fellow parents to make your trip to Capri a perfect family vacation!

Pedestrian Areas

The Island of Capri is mostly pedestrian, which makes it the perfect place to walk with children, especially in the afternoon when the temperature drops and the crowds of daytrippers thins.

The historic center of Capri town and the areas surrounding the Piazzetta (Tiberio, Tragara, Matermania, etc...) are closed to traffic. The historic center of Anacapri is pedestrian, as well.

That said, there are pros and cons to the island being primarily pedestrian: though is no danger of passing cars, you also need to keep in mind distances when setting out for a long walk, because you'll have to walk back, as well!

Playgrounds
Capri: there is a small playground in the Giardini della Flora Caprense park. The park is located in the center of town, on a sidestreet near the Hotel La Palma.
Anacapri: the playground is on Via G.Orlandi, a pedestrian lane.

...though here on Capri we consider the beach the playground in the summer!

Beaches and the Sea

Don't expect sweeping sandy beaches...on Capri, the beaches are all rocky cliffs or large pebbles.
The water gets quite deep already 2 or 3 meters from the shore, so make sure you have floaties, water wings, or other floatation devices for non-swimmers.

When my son was an infant, I would fill a small inflatable canoe with a few buckets of sea water and let him play in there safely.

If your children a bit older, make sure to bring snorkeling gear as the rugged coastline is full of interesting fish and underwater sealife.

There are three beaches on Capri suitable for children:

1 - Marina Grande Beach

This is the largest beach on the island, and where most of the children on Capri learn to swim. Most of the beach is free and the most suitable stretch for children is the scogliera, where a natural breakwater protects from the largest waves. At high tide, a tidepool forms here with trapped seawater about 30 centimeters deep.

This area of the beach is mostly taken over by families during the school holidays in the summer (from June to mid-September), so couples looking for a quiet day at the seaside are best advised to choose another area of the Marina Grande beach!

Free Beach: yes
Beach Establishments for Families:

  • Bagni Le Ondine: organizes swim courses for children each summer.
  • Restaurant: da Zio Ciccio (located on the public beach).

Read more about the Marina Grande beach

2 - Marina Piccola Beach

SInce this is a small beach, it is often crowded. That said, in the early morning hours it is usually quiet and a nice place for a swim (even in high season). There are a number of beach establishments and a few stretches of free beach.

Free Beach: yes
Beach Establishments for Families:

Read more about the Marina Piccola beach

3 - Bagni di Tiberio

You can reach this beach by boat or on foot (but keep in mind that it's a LONG walk). The free beach is protected by a breakwater, so perfect or little ones.
Cost of a boat transfer: EUR 9

Free Beach: yes
Beach Establishments for Families:

Eating Out with Children on Capri

Most of the restaurants on Capri are child-friendly, though don't expect to find playgrounds or changing tables. If you're lucky, they'll have a high chair for you.
The most kid-pleasing dishes on Capri are pizza, ravioli capresi, pasta with tomato sauce, veal cutlets, french fries, desserts, and gelato.
At the beach, a mozzarella and tomato sandwich (known as a Caprese) or a ham sandwich are your best choices. If you are at Marina Grande, try the Caprese sandwich at the Salumeria Da Aldo.
For the best gelato, stop by Buonocore near the Piazzetta...just follow the scent of freshly-made waffle cones.

Warming bottles and baby food: simply ask politely to have your bottles or baby food warmed and you shouldn't have any problems.

Getting Around Capri on Public Transportation with Children

Children under 6 ride both public buses and the funicular free on Capri. Strollers can be transported for free (and must be closed on buses).

Boat tours around the island are free for children under 5 with Motoscafisti di Capri and Laser Capri

Ticket Prices for Children

Funicular
Up to 6 years old: Free

Bus
Up to 6 years old: Free

Chairlift
Up to 8 years old: Free if riding on parent's lap
Up to 9 years old: EUR 10 round trip

Boat Transfer to the Blue Grotto
Up to 5 years old: Free with Motoscafisti di Capri and Laser Capri

Entrance to the Blue Grotto
0-6 years old: Free
7-17 years old: EUR 9

Boat Tour of the Island
Up to 5 years old: Free with Motoscafisti di Capri and Laser Capri

GULF OF NAPLES

Slow Ferry Caremar
Up to 4 years old: Free
Between 5 and 12 years old: EUR 7.90 Naples-Capri

Ferry Caremar
Up to 4 years old: Free
Between 5 and 12 years old: EUR 10.40 Naples-Capri
Between 5 and 12 years old: EUR 8.70 Sorrento-Capri

Ferry Don Francesco (Gescab Snav NLG)
Up to 1 year old: Free
Between 2 and 10 years old: EUR 8.00 Sorrento-Capri

High Speed Ferry
Up to 2 years old: Free
Between 3 and 12 years old: EUR12.90 Naples-Capri
Between 3 and 12 years old: EUR 9.00 Sorrento-Capri
Between 3 and 12 years old: EUR 9.60 Castellammare-Capri
Between 4 and 12 years old: EUR 11.50 Ischia-Capri

AMALFI COAST
Up to 1 year old: Free
Between 2 and 10 years old: EUR 11.70/12.00 Positano-Capri
Between 2 and 10 years old: EUR 12.00 Amalfi-Capri
Between 2 and 10 years old: EUR 12.00 Salerno-Capri

These prices were last updated in March 2015; a EUR 1.50 supplement must be added for routes to Capri for the disembarking tax, including children travelling for free.

You can check our page with updated schedules a few days before your travel dates.

Helpful Tips

  • Make sure your stroller has a sunshade, as you will need it to protect your infant from the island sun.
  • Bring a light cotton blanket in the summer, as there is often a breeze in the afternoon and you may want to cover your napping baby in the stroller.
  • I discovered recently that you can rent baby supplies! The service is based in Naples here
  • For baby food, diapers, and other supplies, you'll find that the pharmacies on the island are well-stocked. They even carry organic lines.
Motoscafisti di Capri - Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line Pick

Transport and Rental

Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line

Buy the online ticket, save 1 euro and skip the line!

By Motoscafisti di Capri

€ 17 € 18 -6% per guest

(Terms and conditions)

Michel'angelo - Faraglioni Family - Picnic Pack Pick

Restaurants

Faraglioni Family - Picnic Pack

Enjoy a special outdoor food experience with your family in Capri at one of many beautiful locations on the island..... all within walking distance from our restaurant.

By Michel'angelo

€ 100 for 4 people

(Terms and conditions)

Motoscafisti di Capri - Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line Pick

Transport and Rental

Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line

Buy the online ticket, save 1 euro and skip the line!

By Motoscafisti di Capri

€ 17 € 18 -6% per guest

(Terms and conditions)

Michel'angelo - Faraglioni Family - Picnic Pack Pick

Restaurants

Faraglioni Family - Picnic Pack

Enjoy a special outdoor food experience with your family in Capri at one of many beautiful locations on the island..... all within walking distance from our restaurant.

By Michel'angelo

€ 100 for 4 people

(Terms and conditions)

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Recommended experiences and tours

Motoscafisti di Capri - Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line Pick

Transport and Rental

Island Tour + stop by Blue Grotto - Yellow Line

Buy the online ticket, save 1 euro and skip the line!

By Motoscafisti di Capri

€ 17 € 18 -6% per guest
Motoscafisti di Capri - Transfer to Blue Grotto - Blue Line Pick

Transport and Rental

Transfer to Blue Grotto - Blue Line

Buy the online ticket, save 1 euro and skip the line!

By Motoscafisti di Capri

€ 14 € 15 -7% per guest
Oasi Motor - Rent your scooter online - Full Day (6 hours) Pick

Transport and Rental

Rent your scooter online - Full Day (6 hours)

Book online to reserve your scooter for your day on Capri!
Your scooter will be waiting for you to hop on.
From 10am to 4pm: visit Capri while skipping the long lines and waits for public transportation...at an excellent price.

By Oasi Motor

from € 40 € 55 -27% Per scooter
Bagni Tiberio Boats - The Classic Boat Tour of Capri (2h 15mins) Pick

Excursions by sea

The Classic Boat Tour of Capri (2h 15mins)

A boat tour around the island on a traditional gozzo or lancia boat is a must to appreciate the beauty of Capri by sea, including stops at the Faraglioni, Blue Grotto, Green Grotto, and lighthouse. You'll even have a chance to take a dip in the crystalline waters off the coast.
Durata: 2,15 ore

By Bagni Tiberio Boats

from € 150 per boat

Carmine De Martino

(Owner)

Bagni Tiberio Boats - Capri by Boat: Fun in the Sun Pick

Excursions by sea

Capri by Boat: Fun in the Sun

Hop aboard our boats and prepare to have fun in the sun: half or full-day boat tours around the island to admire Capri's most famous sights: the Faraglioni, the Blue Grotto, the lighthouse, and Marina Piccola for a swim.
Duration: 4 or 7 hours

By Bagni Tiberio Boats

from € 240 per boat

Carmine De Martino

(Owner)

Blue Sea Capri - The "Classic" Boat Tour around Capri Pick

Excursions by sea

The "Classic" Boat Tour around Capri

A sail around the coastline of Capri on board a traditional gozzo boat is the best way to see the beauty of Capri - including the Faraglioni, Marina Piccola, the lighthouse, the Blue Grotto (upon request) - and even stop for a swim in the sea off the coast.
Duration: 2 hours

By Blue Sea Capri

from € 140 per boat

Marcello

(Sailor)

Bathing Establishments

da Gelsomina Migliera

The pool with the most enchanting views of the sea on Capri

da Gioia

Beach club and restaurant at the Bay of Marina Piccola

Bagni di Tiberio

The beach of the Empereor