The South East corner of Sicily is blessed with half of all Sicily’s blue riband beaches. Mile after mile of golden sand, limpid water, interspersed with rocky coves, are ideal for the casual beach visitor, or snorkerllers, scuba divers and sailors.
The province of Ragusa has 3 award winning beaches in 2012. Santa Maria di Focallo, Pozzallo and Marina di Ragusa, and a new tourist marina. From Montalbano’s house at Punta Secca, to la Marza at the confine with the province of Siracusa the whole of Ragusa province seems to be a deserted sandy beach.
Outside the weeks of Ferragosto in mid August, its possible just to park the car and find a stretch of beach to yourselves.Marina di Ragusa is the most ‘chic’ of the resorts. The village of Donnalucata offers two large beaches and is rarely crowded. The little bay of Cava D’Aliga is justly popular, and Sampieri and Marina di Modica are hugely popular with the locals. Maganuco has the best beach club in the area, with excellent food and entertainment. Pozzallo is the beach resort of the area, with very active nightlife and beach events all through the summer. Santa Maria di Focallo has a wide sandy beach which is very popular with wind surfers, kite surfers and so on.
The province of Siracusa has the beach areas of Siracusa, some 10km south of the city such as Arenella and Fontane Bianche. It also has the marine reserve of Plemmirio. Ognina is a scuba divers delight.
Further south there are well equipped beaches at Avola and Lido di Noto, and beyond the 15km of natural reserve of the
Vendicari with migrating birds, marine turtles and wild unvisited beaches. Further south still is San Lorenzo, and Marzamemi and continuing down the coast the most southerly point of ‘mainland’ Europe at Capo Passero, where two seas meet at the Isola dei Correnti.