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Saint Florent and the magnificent Salaccia Beach on Corsica

Only the toughest 4x4's can reach the beach by land so the overwhelming majority of visitors reach the beach by sea

Only the toughest 4x4's can reach the beach by land so the overwhelming majority of visitors reach the beach by sea

Even right next to town, the water is crystal clear; the town is very small and takes maybe 30 minutes to see if you take your time

Even right next to town, the water is crystal clear; the town is very small and takes maybe 30 minutes to see if you take your time

I passed many wineries with large tasting rooms on my drive around Cap Corse; the Patrimonio region was the first to receive AOC designation in 1968

I passed many wineries with large tasting rooms on my drive around Cap Corse; the Patrimonio region was the first to receive AOC designation in 1968

The most popular activity in Saint Florent was enjoying ice cream; the weather was perfect with temps in the mid 80s and low humidity

The most popular activity in Saint Florent was enjoying ice cream; the weather was perfect with temps in the mid 80s and low humidity

Saleccia Beach is considered one of the most beautiful on Corsica; it's often called the Bora Bora of Corsica

Saleccia Beach is considered one of the most beautiful on Corsica; it's often called the Bora Bora of Corsica

Saint Florent lies at the bottom of the Cap Corse peninsula and provides an excellent base for visiting the Patrimonio vineyards and Saleccia Beach

Saint Florent lies at the bottom of the Cap Corse peninsula and provides an excellent base for visiting the Patrimonio vineyards and Saleccia Beach

This is the first sandy beach I've seen on Corsica; Saleccia Beach has even appeared on lists of the world's best beaches

This is the first sandy beach I've seen on Corsica; Saleccia Beach has even appeared on lists of the world's best beaches

Stunning beaches dotted the west side of the Cap Corse peninsula while the east side was very rocky with few beaches

Stunning beaches dotted the west side of the Cap Corse peninsula while the east side was very rocky with few beaches

I booked the only automatic rental car I could find on the island; then, for months, I looked to see if I could find a cheaper price and I was never able to find another automatic rental car

I booked the only automatic rental car I could find on the island; then, for months, I looked to see if I could find a cheaper price and I was never able to find another automatic rental car

Nonza is a popular, cliff top town on the west side of the Cap Corse peninsula; the thousands of hairpin turns on the road didn't deter the many motorcyclists

Nonza is a popular, cliff top town on the west side of the Cap Corse peninsula; the thousands of hairpin turns on the road didn't deter the many motorcyclists

Rick Steve's only writes about his favorite places and, unfortunately, Corsica doesn't make the cut so I'm using an Eyewitness Guide

Rick Steve's only writes about his favorite places and, unfortunately, Corsica doesn't make the cut so I'm using an Eyewitness Guide

I was astounded by the color and clarity of the water; the water temperature was great and not at all chilly

I was astounded by the color and clarity of the water; the water temperature was great and not at all chilly

The Genoese citadel was constructed in 1440 in Saint Florent; the population of Saint Florent today is 1636

The Genoese citadel was constructed in 1440 in Saint Florent; the population of Saint Florent today is 1636

Erbalunga was one of the pretty villages I passed driving around the Cap Corse peninsula; the tower at the tip of town is from the 16th century

Erbalunga was one of the pretty villages I passed driving around the Cap Corse peninsula; the tower at the tip of town is from the 16th century

Salaccia Beach is where the 1962 epic war movie The Longest Day was filmed; stars in the film include John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert and Peter Lawford

Salaccia Beach is where the 1962 epic war movie The Longest Day was filmed; stars in the film include John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, Eddie Albert and Peter Lawford

French produce stores are commonplace with the fruits and vegetables always attractively displayed; I even bought some bananas and apples

French produce stores are commonplace with the fruits and vegetables always attractively displayed; I even bought some bananas and apples

Loto Beach is a 90 minute walk from Saleccia Beach; it's great that the beaches are totally undeveloped and on land protected from future development

Loto Beach is a 90 minute walk from Saleccia Beach; it's great that the beaches are totally undeveloped and on land protected from future development

The visibility was terrific but there wasn't much to see except fairly generic looking, non-colorful fish

The visibility was terrific but there wasn't much to see except fairly generic looking, non-colorful fish

I drove from Bastia up the 25 mile long east side of the Cap Corse peninsula and then crossed over and came down the west side; it was desolate road with super scenery

I drove from Bastia up the 25 mile long east side of the Cap Corse peninsula and then crossed over and came down the west side; it was desolate road with super scenery

The Genoese built towers all around the island in the 16th century; you can see how Corsica is mountains, mountains and more mountains

The Genoese built towers all around the island in the 16th century; you can see how Corsica is mountains, mountains and more mountains

Often the only sign of civilization was the scarring on the land where the road was built around the Cap Corse peninsula

Often the only sign of civilization was the scarring on the land where the road was built around the Cap Corse peninsula

I was excited to find my second favorite European cereal; my favorite is Weetabix Minis Fruit and Nut

I was excited to find my second favorite European cereal; my favorite is Weetabix Minis Fruit and Nut

The one kilometer long unspoiled beach is backed by Aleppo pines and sand dunes and protected by the Corsica Coastal Conservancy

The one kilometer long unspoiled beach is backed by Aleppo pines and sand dunes and protected by the Corsica Coastal Conservancy

I was tempted to stop in but I didn't want to miss the taxi boat to the beach; I probably don't have enough money for instant beauty anyway

I was tempted to stop in but I didn't want to miss the taxi boat to the beach; I probably don't have enough money for instant beauty anyway

Saleccia Beach was incredibly photogenic; the 25 minute taxi boat from Saint Florent costs 25 euros round-trip

Saleccia Beach was incredibly photogenic; the 25 minute taxi boat from Saint Florent costs 25 euros round-trip

This pleasant town is the first true tourist town I've encountered on Corsica; I heard lots of Italian and German being spoken in addition to French

This pleasant town is the first true tourist town I've encountered on Corsica; I heard lots of Italian and German being spoken in addition to French

Saint Florent is on the western side of the Cap Corse peninsula while Bastia is on the east side; they are only about 15 miles apart

Saint Florent is on the western side of the Cap Corse peninsula while Bastia is on the east side; they are only about 15 miles apart

Nice view from my hotel balcony; the drive around Cap Corse was on a road with thousands of hairpin turns

Nice view from my hotel balcony; the drive around Cap Corse was on a road with thousands of hairpin turns

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