San Remo is the gateway to Phillip Island, and there’s a great panorama of this area from the bridge linking the mainland and the island. If you’d like a good walk, follow in some historic footsteps along the cliffs from San Remo to Kilcunda on the 7km George Bass Coastal Walk. You’ll find little detours to deserted beaches and bays, and you’ll pass by Quarry Rocks where stone was quarried to build Melbourne’s early business chambers.
People still greet the fishing boats of San Remo as they return home with a new bounty of seafood – if there’s anywhere to buy your fish sparkling fresh, this is it. The San Remo Fishermen’s Cooperative is the leading fresh fish supplier for the region, and serves memorable fish and chips. If you prefer to catch your own, join the locals on the jetty or go on a serious quest with an ocean fishing charter.
Some locals who are intensely interested in fish are the pelicans, who are fed daily at noon on the picturesque foreshore. Good beaches include Children’s Beach (a sheltered family beach) and Foots Beach for surfing. BBQs and playgrounds are found on Marine Parade and Back Beach Road.
In the township, you’ll find a wide choice of cafes, hotels and restaurants, retail outlets and accommodation options including resorts, B&Bs, motels and holiday parks. Diverse gift shops display homewares and jewellery, and the Goldsmith's Gallery in Bridgeview Arcade showcases the work of some of Australia's most talented and respected jewellers.