The Amalfi Coast and a camper van – 2 things you rarely see in the same sentence, and for a good reason. But we decided to travel the Amalfi Coast with a camper van anyway and this was our experience…
To be perfectly honest, we knew beforehand that doing the Amalfi Coast with a camper van wasn’t going to be ideal, so on our way there we tried to look up and find as much info about it as possible. We didn’t really find much, except for this: ‘Camper vans are not allowed on the Amalfi Coast during high season.’ Great, exactly what we wanted to read on our way there!
We started digging a bit further and noticed there was a public bus people could take to go from one town on the Amalfi Coast to another. That made us feel a bit better, because if a bus can do it, then surely our little camper van will have no problems doing so, right?! WRONG!
There’s a reason why camper vans aren’t allowed on the Amalfi Coast, and the reason is you will at some point of your trip get completely stuck, and you will look to the right and see a huge cliff dropping off into the ocean and you will think to yourself: ‘Was this really worth the risk?’.
Needless to say, after 30 minutes of driving along the Amalfi Coast we reached the beautiful village of Positano, drenched in sweat from all the near-death experiences we encountered in the past half hour, and decided to turn back to Piano di Sorrento, where we just came from and where the roads were a little less narrow.
There, we found a beautiful campground called ‘Agricampeggio Oasi Verde’, a family-owned campground between the lemon trees (highly recommend it) and we decided to park our camper on the campsite and leave it there for the next week. We rented a scooter (they even brought the scooter to our campsite) and discovered the rest of the Amalfi Coast the way it is meant to be discovered: with a very tiny vehicle!
Although some say it’s dangerous to drive a scooter on the Amalfi Coast, it’s 100 times safer than driving a camper van on the Amalfi Coast, trust us, we did both! The last year we’ve driven scooters in Bali, Greece and Sri Lanka, and the Amalfi Coast was probably the safest place of them all to drive a scooter!
Although it’s not cheap compared to most other places (around €35 a day if you rent one for multiple days), scooter life on the Amalfi coast is without a doubt the best way to get around! One of the biggest benefits of renting a scooter on the Amalfi Coast is that you’ll save tons of money in parking costs. For example in Positano, you can expect to pay between €6 – €7 per HOUR to park your car, while you’ll only have to pay €2 – €3 per hour to park your scooter. I’m no math wizard, but I think it’s clear that parking your scooter a few hours per day for a week will save you lots of money compared to doing the same with a car!
Long story short, there’s a reason why you won’t find much info online about travelling with a camper van on the Amalfi Coast: it’s madness and nobody should consider it! Be smart and camp somewhere else and rent a scooter! You can thank us later.