Sunday, June 19, 2011
Just north of Venice is a beach called Jesolo beach. I had heard that the traffic gets pretty bad going towards the beach on the weekend and we definitely experienced that this weekend! It took us about three hours to get to the beach and only one hour to get home. I recommend leaving early to head to the beach on a weekend. Which means BEFORE 9 am. We left at 9 am, next time I think I want to leave at least by 8 am, maybe earlier.
Lido di Jesolo (Lido=beach) stretches for 15 km. I really couldn't tell you where exactly we were along the beach, we basically found some parking and headed for the waves! We set up camp on some the rows and rows of chairs and umbrellas, later we found out that they are reserved, oops.
There are lot's of cute little shops in Jesolo, it's your typical beach town. This is Europe, so you will see topless women (and girls) and lot's of men (and boys) in speedos.
Also on the beach you should expect to be constantly harassed by the various vendors selling sunglasses, hats, even fake tattoos. I thought it would be funny to ask one of the tattoo guys if he would do it on my husband's behind, just to see what he would say. He said yes! And then when I told him I was kidding and didn't want it, he hung out pestering me for another 5 minutes. So if you don't want anything don't talk to these guys, they are persistent! There are places to rent various types of boats as well, we didn't do it but these paddle boats with slides look fun!
Cost: The autostrada from Caserma Ederle costs 4,80 Euro there and 5,90 Euro getting back. Parking was 1,60 Euro/hour. There are cheaper outdoor parking lots for around 5-8 Euro for the whole day, if you can find them. We used quite a bit of gas due to all the stand still traffic. There were free public restrooms. We packed a picnic lunch, my favorite way to save money!