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Southern Corsica beaches are the most scenic and popular

My second octopus sighting around Corsica; I enjoyed watching this guy change colors and shapes

My second octopus sighting around Corsica; I enjoyed watching this guy change colors and shapes

Rondinara Beach is one of the most famous in Corsica for its unique shape; it's quite shallow so popular with families and small kids

Rondinara Beach is one of the most famous in Corsica for its unique shape; it's quite shallow so popular with families and small kids

These bays were ideal for kids because the water tends to be very shallow and without waves; there were also no jellyfish!

These bays were ideal for kids because the water tends to be very shallow and without waves; there were also no jellyfish!

Ile de Farina; there were stark differences in water temperature as I swam around the island

Ile de Farina; there were stark differences in water temperature as I swam around the island

Southern Corsica has some gorgeous bays, like Santa Giulia; I visited the north side which is sandy but the southern side would probably have been better

Southern Corsica has some gorgeous bays, like Santa Giulia; I visited the north side which is sandy but the southern side would probably have been better

After driving by lots of nice beaches I finally stopped at Portigliolo Beach; the water was crystal clear and, since it was windy, there were windsurfers out

After driving by lots of nice beaches I finally stopped at Portigliolo Beach; the water was crystal clear and, since it was windy, there were windsurfers out

The windy conditions had kitesurfers out; I was mainly concerned with avoiding them and the jellyfish while I was out swimming

The windy conditions had kitesurfers out; I was mainly concerned with avoiding them and the jellyfish while I was out swimming

Tonnara Beach had plenty of jellyfish requiring me to slalom as I swam out to rocks at the entrance to the bay

Tonnara Beach had plenty of jellyfish requiring me to slalom as I swam out to rocks at the entrance to the bay

Like most Corsican beaches, Tonnara has no development and is a protected reserve; it was only 15 minutes from Bonifacio

Like most Corsican beaches, Tonnara has no development and is a protected reserve; it was only 15 minutes from Bonifacio

I thought this was so cool!; I'm thinking it shows volcanic activity that intruded into the granite but my geologist friends might correct me

I thought this was so cool!; I'm thinking it shows volcanic activity that intruded into the granite but my geologist friends might correct me

With so many gorgeous beaches, the tourists are dispersed to where none of the beaches so far has seemed very crowded

With so many gorgeous beaches, the tourists are dispersed to where none of the beaches so far has seemed very crowded

I snorkeled out to the entrance to Rondinara Bay but never saw much beyond clear water and sea grass

I snorkeled out to the entrance to Rondinara Bay but never saw much beyond clear water and sea grass

This book had great reviews on Amazon but was more of a Harlequin romance mixed with historical fiction; lots of beach reading here

This book had great reviews on Amazon but was more of a Harlequin romance mixed with historical fiction; lots of beach reading here

Plage de Palombaggia was quite crowded but I went to the far end and found a secluded place to read on the rocks

Plage de Palombaggia was quite crowded but I went to the far end and found a secluded place to read on the rocks

Rondinara Beach had nice palapas but they were expensive; the shade is a smart idea since the sun is unrelenting here

Rondinara Beach had nice palapas but they were expensive; the shade is a smart idea since the sun is unrelenting here

I had a little stove in my campground bungalow so I decided to amend my usual diet of cereal; the American version of beanie wienies is much better

I had a little stove in my campground bungalow so I decided to amend my usual diet of cereal; the American version of beanie wienies is much better

Rondinara Beach is more scenic from above; like the Gulf of Mexico, you could walk a long way out before it was even deep enough to swim

Rondinara Beach is more scenic from above; like the Gulf of Mexico, you could walk a long way out before it was even deep enough to swim

Tahiti Beach; this was a remote beach that was a 40 minute hike from my campground but was also much less crowded than other area beaches

Tahiti Beach; this was a remote beach that was a 40 minute hike from my campground but was also much less crowded than other area beaches

Often cited as the prettiest beach on Corsica, Plage de Palombaggia was backed by the pines and lacking any development

Often cited as the prettiest beach on Corsica, Plage de Palombaggia was backed by the pines and lacking any development

For Becky and others than enjoy Spinning classes, now you can take your Spinning bike out on the water for an even better workout

For Becky and others than enjoy Spinning classes, now you can take your Spinning bike out on the water for an even better workout

Tahiti Beach; I enjoyed watching this dog do his Titanic impersonation; I was nervous the dog was going to jump in the water but he never did

Tahiti Beach; I enjoyed watching this dog do his Titanic impersonation; I was nervous the dog was going to jump in the water but he never did

Plage de Palombaggia, like many of the other southern Corsica beaches, didn't have free parking but it was only 5 euros which was OK

Plage de Palombaggia, like many of the other southern Corsica beaches, didn't have free parking but it was only 5 euros which was OK

Like Sardinia, the best beaches on Corsica are on the southeast coast; the water is amazingly clear and the weather sunny and not too hot

Like Sardinia, the best beaches on Corsica are on the southeast coast; the water is amazingly clear and the weather sunny and not too hot

Tahiti itself doesn't have the beautiful water that Tahiti Beach on Corsica has so maybe this beach needs a new name

Tahiti itself doesn't have the beautiful water that Tahiti Beach on Corsica has so maybe this beach needs a new name

It's amazing how crowded these beaches are since it doesn't seem like there are enough accommodations in the area

It's amazing how crowded these beaches are since it doesn't seem like there are enough accommodations in the area

Ile de Farina; this small island was on my long walk to Tahiti Beach so I came back another day to swim around it

Ile de Farina; this small island was on my long walk to Tahiti Beach so I came back another day to swim around it

The Porto Vecchio area was plagued by malaria for centuries because of marshes; in the 1900s the cork industry and salt works led the economy

The Porto Vecchio area was plagued by malaria for centuries because of marshes; in the 1900s the cork industry and salt works led the economy

Incredible how well camouflaged this octopus is; I search for sea critters while snorkeling and know I must miss most of them since the animals blend in so well

Incredible how well camouflaged this octopus is; I search for sea critters while snorkeling and know I must miss most of them since the animals blend in so well

Santa Giulia; the southern part of Corsica has pretty, sandy beaches compared to the rocky beaches on the west coast

Santa Giulia; the southern part of Corsica has pretty, sandy beaches compared to the rocky beaches on the west coast

There were more fish around Ile de Farina than at other southern Corsica beaches; the fish were usually one here and one there but occasionally there were small schools

There were more fish around Ile de Farina than at other southern Corsica beaches; the fish were usually one here and one there but occasionally there were small schools

Most of the popular Southern Corsica beaches are also very popular boating destinations which makes swimming/snorkeling more stressful

Most of the popular Southern Corsica beaches are also very popular boating destinations which makes swimming/snorkeling more stressful

Posted by VagabondCowboy 09:14

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