Why go to Capri?
Take a cable car to the top of Capri to explore this magical island; the views will take your breath away
Crowds of tourists are common here, and it's downright expensive
Beautiful Capri is known for limestone cliffs, a dramatic coastline and world-class shopping
Capri Cruise Port Facilities?
There are plenty of restaurants, snack bars and gelato shops along the Marina Grande, as well as a fair-sized (but pebbly) beach, and rows of pastel-colored, balconied houses which are very pretty to look at.
If you'd rather not wait for the cable car, you'll find plenty to do at sea level. It would be a shame to just stay here though; this is an island well worth exploring.
Good to Know?
Taxis and scooters steam through the crowds on their way up the hill and local boat owners have a rather lax approach to safety.
On arrival at the Marina Grande, you'll find getting around independently fairly straightforward.
A biglieterria to the right of the tender station sells tickets for bus and boat trips and round-trip rides on the funicular (the entrance is virtually opposite the marina). Most relevant to cruise passengers are trips by local boat to the Blue Grotto, and cable car tickets.
The cable car is fun and convenient, as it takes you right to the heart of Capri Town and lets you out around the corner from the main square, Piazza Umberto 1. But you need to be prepared for lines, especially at peak times.
If time is at a premium, buddy up with fellow passengers and take a cab to Capri Town or Anacapri. There's a taxi stand to the right of the biglieterria.
If you're feeling brave, you can rent a scooter from one of many outlets along the waterfront.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Tourism is big business in Capri, so most of the locals will know at least some English and you should have no problem getting by. That said, they warm to any visitor at least attempting to speak their language, so a buon giorno (good morning) or a grazie (thank you) will be well received.
Where You're Docked?
Even small cruise ships have to tender into Capri, and protectionist locals insist they use resident motorboats instead of their own tenders. This means the process of getting ashore can be a bit hair-raising, as you have to step onto the highly polished edge of a bobbling motorboat instead of a more solid tender platform. But ship's crew are always in attendance to ensure your safety. Big ships dock in Naples and offer access to Capri only as a shore excursion.