Beaches around the island
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Most beaches anywhere on the island get crowded by mid afternoon.
There are water taxis to most beaches. If you aren't a walker or forgot your boots these boats are very convenient, offer a nice, different look at the island and are not too expensive. Try them at least once to see the deeper crystal clear waters Mykonos has to offer vs. Santorini's blue but zero visibility waters.
Mykonos Town's two beaches: Agh. Anna & Vida
There are two beaches in Mykonos Town itself: Aghia Anna which is a 400 foot stretch of sand right on the harbor which you really can't miss and where people sleep in a pinch.
Vida is on the back side of town to the left of Kato Myli. Small, hidden and convenient, Vida is where to swim or sleep too (as a measure of last resort) but it's windy.
Occasionally you'll find yourself in Mykonos when it full to the gills with other people and there are no hotel rooms to be had. This is when your sleeping bag will come in handy. Or you can find a Greek and ask them if you can sleep on their roof and for how much. I have had several good nights sleep this way and the islanders are friendly, understanding and quite hospitable too! You can't beat the stars and a gentle breeze.
Mykonos Town's closest beaches
Tourlos Bay Tagou, Tourlos (2KM) and Aghios Stephanos are the three beaches just north of Mykonos Town.
At Tourlos Bay (right) is the new cruise ship pier. Tourlos Bay is close to town. Although you can't see the beaches because of the buildup of the area by developers and the congestion of town, they are there!
Due to the luxurious appointments of some of the available accommodations such as pools, jacuzzi's and other amenities you may love Tourlos Bay.
Fanari Beach is to the extreme north of Mykonos. It's quiet but with limited accommodations.
South coast beaches
This area has the less visited beach of Aghios Ioannis where many Greeks have private homes and there are two good hotels.
Ornos (2.5 km south of town), Korfos, and Megali Ammos (very crowded, not so nice) beaches are all more built up, busier and have more accommodations. Ornos is the nicest, busiest and most family oriented. Ornos has a small port.
Platys Gialos is the first major bus stop from harbor-side, town bus station #2. Buses depart every 15 minutes, 8am to 8pm, then every 30 minutes 'til midnight. Platys Gialos, 4 km southwest of the hora, is a good beach for chlldren.
Caiques leave from Platys Gialos beach to head for the busy beaches at Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari and Elia. Platys Gialos in the southeast, has its own little nexus of boat excursions to other beaches and Delos.
Resort oriented, but less built up, sandy Psarrou beach is somewhat exclusive with facilities which include the Diving Center Psarou, water skiing, windsurfing and jet-skis for rent. It is below Platys Gialos.
Paranga Beach, further east, like Psarrou, can be walked to by an inland path from Platys Gialos; this small cove is popular with naturalists, and usually uncrowded. It's accessible by footpath from Platis Gialos ( 2km), by bus, or by water-taxi. If you go by car or moped, be very careful on the extremely steep and narrow access road.
Continuing east up the south coast of Mykonos from Platys Gialos are a string of beaches of which, loud rock- music playing Paradise (Mykonos' original nudist beach) is first. Several loud rock-music playing bars line the shore of Paradise beach and a copse of small trees provides shade. The parties last well into the night.
Next comes equally popular but less developed Super Paradise Beach, also known as Plindiri. It rests just around the headland, in a rocky cove. The left side of the beach is a nonstop party in summer, with loud music and dancing, while the right side is mostly naturalist and gay. The Coco Club provides a break from the hot sands.
Nudity is common on the Paradise beaches. They are the best and busiest beaches on Mykonos. Paradise Beaches are accessible by car, scooter, bus or a 20 minute water -taxi voyage.
To the east across the little peninsula is quieter Agrari Beach, in a pretty cove sheltered by lush foliage, with nudity optional and a decent if small taverna.
Further east is one of Mykonos longest and most beautiful beaches but with minimal shade. Sand and pebble Elia Beach (which used to be known as Hell Beach). Elia has traditionally been the gay beach, but it has many non-gay visitors, too. This is the last caique stop. Since it is gay-friendly and the last beach on the caique route, it should in theory be less crowded. Elia is a beautiful beach.
Kalo Livadi may be reached by the more active among you by a scramble over the peninsula east from Elia or by bus from Myconos' station #2. The water taxi does not go there. Kalo Livadi or "Good Prairie" is set at the end of Mykonos' major farming valley. This long, beautiful beach has a taverna, a few villas and a very nice hotel on the hills adjacent to the beach.
The easternmost resort area on the southern coast is Kalafatis Beach. A fishing village and once the port of ancient Mykonos. A stretch of trees separates the beach from the rows of buildings which have grown behind the beach. Its another of the longer island beaches and less crowded than its neighbors to the west.
Very near Kalafatis in a tiny cove is lovely Aghia Anna Beach, a short stretch of sand with 20 or so umbrellas.
Several kilometers further east, accessible by a fairly good road from Kalafatis, is sandy Lia Beach, with a small taverna.
The north coast beaches
Panormos is fairly sheltered for a north coast beach. It is very popular. Panormos Bay is the site of one of Mykonos's three ancient cities.
Ftela Beach is here, too. It would be among the island's nicest were it not for the constant north wind. Due to the windy conditions wind surfers will be happiest there.
Another well protected beach on the north is Aghios Sostis. Both Aghios Sostis and Panormos are somewhat difficult to reach as they are off the bus route. Drive east from Mykonos town towards Ano Mera, turn left after 1.5 km to Agios Sostis and Panormos. At Panormos Beach, is a cove with 300 feet of sandy beach backed by low dunes. Another 1.2 km on is Agios Sostis Beach, a lovely small beach just below a village. There is no parking, so leave your vehicle along the main road and walk 200 meters down through the village. There's an excellent small taverna just up from the beach that has no electric power, open only during daylight hours. Both have few amenities no beach umbrellas, bars, or snack shops–but they do offer a break from the crowds.