My friends Jane and Steve Demaestri, who go to Italy about every two years or so, say that Santa Margherita is their favorite Italian destination, and I have to agree. It's not touristy in the least. There's no night life to speak of, unless you include walking slowly through the streets and along the waterfront after dinner as nightlife. There are families with young children in strollers, people enjoying a gelato, or sitting in the park talking. We ate three times at Da Pezzi, a fish restaurant we had discovered ten years earlier on our first trip to the area. This is also the restaurant where I ordered cuttlefish at the recommendation of the waiter. It was nice to be in a place where for five days we had nothing to do but lay by the sea and take it easy after the hectic pace of Istanbul and Venice. When we go out for dinner, I only take my small camera, the Sony RX 100, and it does a great job in low light.