Port Vathi is the main port (and town) on Ithaca island. It has a wonderful 'old Greece' feel and a wander around the back streets of the Old Town will take you back to the days when flotillas were first wandering down this way. Fifteen years ago they filled in the old town harbour to create a new town square. This area is now populated by coffee houses, tavernas and parasols, making it a pleasant place to relax.
If you are on the north quay (or Dimitris quay) it is a pleasant 20 minute walk to town, although carrying heavy groceries back again may not be the best idea you ever had. Some groups take one boat over in the morning on a 'provisioning' trip to pick up any fresh food that is needed.
Dimitri’s taverna on the north quay has wifi, brilliant food - including bacon and egg butties. It has a typically Greek village taverna family friendly atmosphere - perfect for a relaxing evening close to the boats.
Those making the effort to wander around the town (or those moored there) will be rewarded by a selection of tavernas, from 'classic' greek to more modern option. There is a bakery, a post office, fuel and water all available here.
A swim stop south of Vathi (but well worth the trip) is Pere Pigadhi where a small island sits in the middle of two large bays.