It is part of the National Park of Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Its marine environments make up the protected marine area of Santa Maria di Castellabate
Geographically vast, with an area of about 37 square kilometers, it has five hamlets: Castellabate, Santa Maria, San Marco, Ogliastro Marina and Lago. The history, the mild climate, the colours of the nature between the sea and green expanses, the industriousness of people, the courtesy of the operators, the flavours and tastes of Cilento cuisine are the essential ingredients to choose Castellabate as an ideal place for vacation and relax.
In 2009 it was chosen by Medusa Film as the set of Welcome to the South, a highly successful Italian comedy [in 6th place in the Italian ranking of the most viewed films of all times] directed by Luca Miniero and starring Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro and Valentina Lodovini. In September 2011 Castellabate was transformed again into a big movie set: the opening scenes of the sequel to Welcome to the South were shot there. The film, entitled Welcome to the North, arrived in Italian cinemas in the winter of 2012.