I was on this forum for months before this trip and can't thank everyone enough for all of their help. I read so many trip reports and Q & As posted by others that I had information overload. You all helped plan our trip, even if you didn't know it. This wasn't my first trip to Europe, but it is my first trip report and I hope it helps someone.
We ended up with colds (covid tests were negative), but we still had a great time.
Who went: Me, my husband, daughter, sister, and brother-in-law
Who planned it: Me. They all said, "tell me where to be and when to be there".
When: June 1-15, 2022
Day 1 - We had a long layover because I waited too long to buy tickets to Naxos and the earlier flight sold out. I knew we would be tired and sitting at the airport for hours would be torture, so I booked a trip to Cape Sounion with George the famous taxi driver. We landed in Athens at 11:40, collected our bags and met our driver Alex at the exit. We saw him right away (in the mass of people holding signs with names on them). On the way to Cape Sounion, he told us about the area and taught us some Greek words. He told us that he never had English lessons. He learned from watching tv! That impressed me because I’ve always heard that English is not easy to learn.
When we arrived, Sis was feeling motion sickness, so she & BIL stayed at the little cafe while DH, Kid, and I checked out the temple and took lots of pictures. By the time we were finished, Sis was feeling better, so Alex took us to a restaurant on the water to eat. I don't remember the name of it, but it was good and very relaxing. After lunch, he took us to an ice cream shop by a marina. We sat there for a while, drinking coffee and eating ice cream, and then he took us back to the airport for our 18:45 flight to Naxos.
Our hotel arranged two taxis to pick us up at the airport, which made it very easy. When we arrived, we were informed that the room that DH, Kid, and I had reserved wouldn't be available until the next day because the people who were in it before us tested positive for covid and they had to leave it empty for a certain amount of time. She apologized and put us in the family apartment, which was better than the room we reserved. We were so tired by dinner time that we just ate at a place on the beach. It was surprisingly good for a tourist restaurant.
Day 2 - We all walked down by the docks and had breakfast at a restaurant right on the water. The food was ok, but the location made up for it. After breakfast, we walked around town and then picked up the car at 10:00 from Fun Car.
After we picked up the car, we went to Plaka beach. The navigator took us on a bumpy dirt road, and someone said, "Are you sure we're going the right way?". I said "Who cares? We're on an adventure!". We ended up on the south end of the beach and there wasn't much there at all. We stood there for several minutes, looking around, not knowing where to go. Then I looked on Santorini Dave's website and realized that we wanted to go to the north end, called Maragas beach. So, we got back in the car and bounced along the dirt road to go to Maragas beach. It was much better (more beach chairs & restaurants). We picked a place that had huge umbrellas. I like to be in the shade (because getting basal cell carcinoma cut off of my face was no fun at all) and we ordered drinks and food. We weren't expecting great food on the beach, but it was delicious! I had read that by the end of May you can swim. You can, but it wasn't warm enough for me. I was disappointed about that.
That evening, we walked down to Mani2 for dinner. I know this isn’t the popular opinion, but we thought dinner was just ok. But the yogurt with candied carrots that they brought after the meal was delicious.