Laze by the pool or on the beach. The largest and best beach in Elba for kids, Marino di Campo, stretches for almost two kilometres and has safe shallow waters. Some areas are private, with pay access; facilities in these might include small playground areas and watersports such as windsurfing, boating, pedaloing and kayaking. Elba is also a great place for snorkelling and scuba-diving.
With teens, head for stunning Cavoli Beach, where diving from the cliffs is popular and where high summer sees plenty of beach parties and DJ sets. From here you can take a boat or pedalo to have a gander at the Grotta Azzurra (Grotta di Mare) sea grotto. The island you can see so well from here is Montecristo, famous from the Dumas novel but accessible only to a few people a year (with a long waiting list).
Go road-biking, mountain-biking or hiking. Cycle or walk through the forest and ascend Monte Capanne (1,019m) to glimpse the island's geographic diversity: it has wonderful views over craggy mountains, gentle slopes with olive groves and vineyards, dense pine forests, and the sparkling blue sea around. Don't miss the caprili – old stone shepherds' shelters. There's also La Via dell' Essenza or Trail of Essences, with 130km of coastal paths in 12 sections, each named for a local plant or herb, such as rosemary.