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To explore Amalfi by land is only half of the experience. The best views are seen from the ocean, where unobstructed vistas of the coast's world-renowned cliffs, as well as the gorgeous vegetation and colorful architecture, can be admired. The most cost-effective way to experience Amalfi by sea is by taking a ferry. Ferries run from April 1 to Oct. 31 annually, with one of the most trafficked routes, Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi, starting in mid-May. Sorrento to Positano takes about 40 minutes, while Amalfi to Positano takes about 20 minutes. There is also a ferry service that goes directly to Capri (a traveler favorite) and takes close to an hour to reach. Ticket prices vary depending on the port of departure, but are typically less than 20 euros (about $23) for a one-way journey. 
If you're looking to take a tour rather than just get from point A to point B, there are plenty of outfitters in Amalfi offering short cruises, semi-private small group tours and private boat rentals. Shorter cruises are by far the most affordable option, averaging about 35 to 40 euros (about $39 to $44) for a trip. Though if you're looking to treat yourself, a private boat tour with a skipper tends to start around 150 euros (about $168) for a two to three-hour trip. The average Amalfi tour stops at various points of interest on the coast, including the fjord of Furore, the Emerald Grotto, the islets of Li Galli and the bays of Arienzo and Laurito, to name a few. Some even stop at villages and allow for time on shore. Among the more affordable companies is Positano Boats. For 50 euros (About $56), the Amalfi Coast tour takes visitors to popular spots on the coast, including the Furore Fiordo, Emerald Grotto and the waterfalls of Marmorata. Though some of these excursions can be pricey, many travelers agreed that this is the best way to see the coast. For more information about boat tours, visit the Positano Tourism Board's website. 

To explore Amalfi by land is only half of the experience. The best views are seen from the ocean, where unobstructed vistas of the coast's world-renowned cliffs, as well as the gorgeous vegetation and colorful architecture, can be admired. The most cost-effective way to experience Amalfi by sea is by taking a ferry. Ferries run from April 1 to Oct. 31 annually, with one of the most trafficked routes, Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi, starting in mid-May. Sorrento to Positano takes about 40 minutes, while Amalfi to Positano takes about 20 minutes. There is also a ferry service that goes directly to Capri (a traveler favorite) and takes close to an hour to reach. Ticket prices vary depending on the port of departure, but are typically less than 20 euros (about $23) for a one-way journey. 

If you're looking to take a tour rather than just get from point A to point B, there are plenty of outfitters in Amalfi offering short cruises, semi-private small group tours and private boat rentals. Shorter cruises are by far the most affordable option, averaging about 35 to 40 euros (about $39 to $44) for a trip. Though if you're looking to treat yourself, a private boat tour with a skipper tends to start around 150 euros (about $168) for a two to three-hour trip. The average Amalfi tour stops at various points of interest on the coast, including the fjord of Furore, the Emerald Grotto, the islets of Li Galli and the bays of Arienzo and Laurito, to name a few. Some even stop at villages and allow for time on shore. Among the more affordable companies is Positano Boats. For 50 euros (About $56), the Amalfi Coast tour takes visitors to popular spots on the coast, including the Furore Fiordo, Emerald Grotto and the waterfalls of Marmorata. Though some of these excursions can be pricey, many travelers agreed that this is the best way to see the coast. For more information about boat tours, visit the Positano Tourism Board's website

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#1 Positano If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading ... Read more » Eugeny / Getty Images

#2 Hike Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has ... Read more » Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

#3 Beaches A trip to any coastal destination wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach. In the case of the Amalfi Coast, your vacation wouldn't be complete without ... Read more » Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

#4 Villa Cimbrone (Ravello) If you're looking to take in spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat, head to Villa Cimbrone. Situated in the mountaintop town of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is ... Read more » Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

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#6 The Furore Fiordo The Amalfi Coast is filled with so many secluded beaches it's nearly impossible to pinpoint where exactly all of them are, let alone allot enough time to get to ... Read more » robangel69 / Getty Images

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Of all the Amalfi towns, Positano caters most to tourists, having the most hotels of any in the region and acting as a central departure point for boat tours. And with its pastel-colored architecture, popular beaches and chic shopping, it's as quintessentially Amalfi as you can get.  Eugeny / Getty Images

The Amalfi Coast is brimming with amazing trails and pathways just itching to be traversed. A traveler favorite is Path of the Gods, which takes hikers right along the edges of the famous coastal cliffs.  Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

The Amalfi Coast is home to 100 beaches, but don't expect your typical shorelines. Due to the geography of the coast, beaches are small and composed of pebbles, so bring comfy footwear.  Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

The Villa Cimbrone Gardens are the most important example of English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe, housing both rare species and centuries-old plants. A word of warning though: Some visitors found the gardens to be a bit lackluster outside of peak season blooming (spring).  Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

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The picture-perfect Furore Fiordo garners praise from travelers for its beauty. If you're visiting in the summer months, you may want to pick this stretch of sand to beat the heat. Due to its location, the sun only ever hits the beach in the morning, creating a cool hideaway in the afternoon.    robangel69 / Getty Images

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