With its 4km-long, white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, Vada, a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, is called by many the Caribbean of the Tyrrenhian Sea. The whiteness of the town's spiagge bianche is not a gift of nature, however, but an effect of the bicarbonate manufacturing plant in Rosignano Marittimo, just north of Vada. Nonetheless, the Vada coastal area, surrounded by wild Mediterranean brush, continues to be awarded the Blue Flag (www.blueflag.org) yearly for its clean beaches. Whether you swim or suntan (bring lots of sun protection!), this beach is still a definite must-see for its singularity and Caribbean-like feel.