- get there by ferry if you can. Entering the Port of Rhodes made me feel like an ancient mariner.
- once you have settled in your accomodation, rent a scooter. You can visit different beaches and you can shop for pool/beach food at supermarkets for half the price.
- have dinner at a restaurant on the harbour of the old port. It won't be as expensive as you think.
- when you have your scooter, go south to find the nicer beaches.
- Anthony Quinn Bay is sheltered by headlands; it isn't as tourist-y as it could be and it provides some great fish-viewing, even with just swim goggles.
- take swim goggles.
- restaurants outside of Rhodes town are 1/2 the price of restaurants in town. Ones away from the beach can be really good.
- buy or bring some tupperware sandwich boxes and pack a lunch and snacks for the beach. We bought some when we got here, and it was 3 Euros well-spent.
- beaches without surf are much nicer for swimming. Stick to the east side of the island for these.
- I remember next-to-nothing about my first trip here.
- even during Tourist Season, it is a quiet place. Aliki has a population of 600 - 800 people and provides a marvellous balance of solitude and tourist services. It is located at the least-busy end of the island, too.
- the wind almost always comes from the north.
- a scooter is a cheap, easy way to get around the island.
- I should learn to cook octopus and squid. It's delicious, and now that I've seen my talented brother-in-law do it, I know it can easily be done.
- beaches with some type of shade are better than wide, open beaches.
- Ka Vos is a local (Paros) white wine that is tasty, inexpensive and is
- pay for accomodation that has a balcony with a view of the caldera, or have friends that do.
- expect hordes of tourists between May and September. Not that it will be unbearable, but expect them.
- find a way to get to a south-facing beach, even if it means walking down a donkey track carved into a cliff face.
- travel with at least a partner. Visiting Santorini by yourself would be very lonely.
- be prepared to take many pictures and to say "wow" more than you thought you would.
- locating yourself in Oia is the least-busy of the cliff towns.
- the sun is hotter than you think, even when you take heed of this statement.
Goodbye, Greek Islands. We will be back.