One of the major attractions on the island of Capri is The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), a sea cave along the coast known for the brilliant blue of the water inside. In the summer season going to the Blue Grotto can take hours, whether by boat or by bus, for the less than 5-minute experience of taking a rowboat into the Grotto. But in the wintertime there are far fewer tourists and it took us only one hour from getting off the hydrofoil at Marina Grande.
We chose to take the boat, the fastest way from the Marina to the Grotto. It makes for a dramatic ride partway along the coastline of the island. There, rowboat captains await to take you three per boat through the small cave opening. On this winter morning there were only three rowboats waiting; in season you can expect a traffic jam of them, and even boats trying to sell you souvenirs on this already pricey experience! It costs 12.50 Euro per person for the rowboat ride, and 9 Euro for the boat ride there from the Marina and back, so if you’re trying to do Capri on a budget, you might want to skip the Grotto.
The day we went, the color of the water was not quite as vibrant blue that morning as it sometimes can be, due to the partly overcast sky that day. However it was still fun and I’m glad we did it on such a quiet day instead of with hundreds of other tourists waiting. It’s worth noting that if the water is too rough or too high there will be no access to the Grotto, so you may get there and be disappointed.
We were on a boat to the Blue Grotto by 10:30am, and back from the journey and in the Marina once again by 11:45am.