My preferred beaches in Santorini are Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos. Terrific places to swim, numerous places to rent beach chairs, and lots of exceptional locations to eat. High quality beach resorts abound (though there are really few hotels positioned straight on the beach-- most resorts are throughout a little highway from the sea).
Santorini is not comprehended for its beaches. They are great nevertheless not fantastic-- so do not be anticipating those picturesque stretches of sand you have actually seen in images of Greece. (That said, many people love the beaches of Santorini and find their unique sand and natural setting to be more unforgettable than" simply another sandy beach".).
The majority of Santorini's beaches are made up of dark volcanic sand that gets searingly hot in the mid-day sun. Beach shoes or water shoes are recommended for browsing on the sand.
Nevertheless what the beaches absence in regular sandy beauty they balanced out with spectacular views and environments. The cliffs that loom around a few 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 nevertheless I find the sea water around Santorini the most clear and rejuvenating I have red beach really ever swam in. It's actually fantastic.
The caldera is discovered on the west coast of Santorini. The beaches are on the east and southeast side of the island. So when deciding where to remain 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 flight from Fira (the main town on Santorini) to get to the beaches (Kamari is the closest) so as much as I love the beaches I still suggest staying in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia as these towns have the spectacular caldera (volcano) views that make Santorini so distinct.
( It does take an extra bus journey to go from Firostefani, Imerovigli, or Oia to the beaches as it requirements altering buses in Fira. Renting a vehicles and truck is the best way to take a look at the island and this is particularly 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. However the beaches of Kamari, Perissa, and Perivolos do have restaurant/bars that remain stressful late into the night. But for clubbing, that's Fira.