In Balestrate you'll find several beaches including a sandy beach to the East of the new harbor and the large beach on the West side of town. During high season, parts of the beaches are occupied by so called lidi, which are private beaches where you can rent deckchairs and umbrellas. The largest part of the beaches remain free of charge!
If you enjoy walking, you can enjoy a nice stroll along the beach from Balestrate to Castellammare del Golfo. You'll be passing Alcamo Marina, where the people of Alcamo have their summer homes.
Castellammare's large sandy beach is located outside of the coastal town.
On the other side of Castellammare you'll find the pebble beach of Guida Loca. After a few minutes' drive to the West you'll arrive at the small beach near the famous Tonnara in Scopello. This beach however is frequented by many visitors, so if you're looking for more tranquil beaches you can drive a little bit further to the Nature Reserve Lo Zingaro. Here you'll find several small pebble beaches along the rocky coastline.
Of the beaches closest to Palermo, Mondello is the most famous. On sunny days, which are often, many tourists and city residents come here for a day at the beach. This means that the area gets very crowded. If you'd like to avoid the crowd, we advise you to visit Mondello during low or mid season. Close to Palermo you'll find the Medieval town of Cefalù. You can combine a visit to this nice little town with an afternoon on its sandy beach.
As you can see, there are lots of possibilities for a lovely day on the beach in Sicily!