My preferred beaches in Santorini are Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos. Outstanding locations to swim, many locations to lease beach chairs, and lots of fantastic areas to consume. High quality beach resorts abound (though there are truly few hotels positioned straight on the beach-- most resorts are throughout a little street from the sea).
Santorini is not known for its beaches. They are good however not great-- so do not be anticipating those stunning stretches of sand you have actually seen in pictures of Greece. (That mentioned, many individuals delight in the beaches of Santorini and discover their unique sand and natural setting to be more extraordinary than" simply another sandy beach".).
Most of Santorini's beaches are comprised of dark volcanic sand that gets searingly hot in the mid-day sun. Beach shoes or water shoes are advised for browsing on the sand.
However what the beaches lack in typical sandy agreekadventure.com/ sophistication they offset with amazing views and surroundings. The cliffs that loom around some of the beaches and the nature of the sand itself make a surreal setting for swimming and sunning.
Maybe it's simply in my head however I find the sea water around Santorini the most clear and rejuvenating I have actually ever swam in. It's actually wonderful.
The caldera is discovered on the west coast of Santorini. The beaches are on the east and southeast side of the island. So when picking where to stay it's either along the caldera with unbelievable views of the volcano or at one of the beaches.
It's a simple drive or bus trip from Fira (the primary town on Santorini) to get to the beaches (Kamari is the closest) so as much as I like the beaches I still advise remaining in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia as these towns have the sensational caldera (volcano) views that make Santorini so unique.
( It does take an extra bus journey to go from Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia to the beaches as it needs changing buses in Fira. Leasing a vehicles and truck is the absolute best method to have a look at the island and this is especially so if you're not staying in Fira.).
If you're looking for night life you're best to base yourself in Fira as that's where all the clubs are found on Santorini. Nevertheless the beaches of Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos do have restaurant/bars that stay busy late into the night. However for clubbing, that's Fira.