We spent five glorious days exploring the unique volcanic island of Santorini. Only being 11 miles long and taking about 45-60 minutes to drive across the island, it is possible to explore the many villages and beaches of Santorini. We stayed in Oia for two days to experience the world-renown sunsets and stunning views from bustling restaurants. Oia is the kind of place where hundreds gather along the stairs, balconies and patios with wine in hand to watch and applaud as the sun sets over the Aegean sea. It’s the kind of place where time slows down and you can soak in the blessings of perfect weather (it only rains a handful of days annually in Santorini), long meals, home-harvested wine and specialty baked Greek treats. It’s also where you can be in almost any pool and have an ocean view. We chose to stay the other three days in Perissa to experience another side of this island life. Perissa is more laid back, full of beautiful black rock beaches and amazing beach-front restaurants, clubs, cafes and shops. This is where we swam in the ocean and camped out under umbrellas while sipping back tropical drinks. We also rented an ATV to tour the island from the highest point back down to the ocean. We saw it all and renting an ATV was one of the best choices we made. The buses are cheap, but they don’t run very often and most of the time, you have to connect in Fira to catch a connection to another village. The freedom of having an ATM was unbeatable. These are some of my favorite travel and landscape photographs from our five days of paradise on vacation in Santorini.