Mykonos, one of the Greek Cycladic islands, is a top party destination in the Mediterranean. With bars and clubs open all day and into the early hours, A-list celebrities to be seen and spectacular sandy beaches, it is the place for fun. However, that’s not to say it isn’t a family destination either. There are plenty of beaches in Mykonos that are family-friendly and most of the waters are calm, clear and perfect for children to enjoy. Some Mykonos beaches offer water sports, such as scuba diving and jet skiing.
The best time to enjoy the beaches on Mykonos is between late May and early October. The average water temperature ranges from 16 C (60 F) in May to a high of 27 C (80 F) in August. There are hotels near most of the beaches, but if you want to experience a little more of Greek life, stay in Mykonos Town. You can get buses from here to many beaches, and they are all within easy driving distance. Mykonos Town is intriguing with its narrow winding streets, tiny churches, an archaeological museum, and excellent shopping.
The best beaches in Mykonos are on the south coast because they are protected from the winds of Mykonos. However, some beautiful beaches on the north coast are worth visiting if you don’t mind a breeze. You will find that they are less crowded than the southern beaches, not only because of the winds but because there isn’t as much nightlife in the north. Here are our top beaches on Mykonos. You should be able to find ones that will suit your needs, whether you are a group of 20-somethings, a couple or a family.
20 Beaches In Mykonos
1 – Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is 6 km (3.7 miles) south of Mykonos Town and about a 20-minute drive and the most famous beach on Mykonos.
As the island’s party beach, here you will find the young and trendy sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying cocktails.
It used to be a gay beach, but now it’s mainly straight.
Bars and tavernas spill out onto the beach, and you can dance the night away at the Cavo Paradiso club above the beach.
Music is played loudly at the bars surrounding the beach, and beach parties often start in the afternoon and go on until sunrise.
This is not a beach for those looking for peace and quiet. Plenty of other beaches will fit the bill, such as Paraga Beach.
The sand is golden, and the sea, turquoise and calm, perfect for swimming.
There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols on offer.
If you want to stay at Paradise Beach, there is just one hotel, the Tropicana, right on the beachfront, where you can have breakfast and walk straight to a sun lounger.
It is easy to get to Paradise Beach from Mykonos Town on the bus, which takes 20 minutes and the buses run until late at night.
If you drive, there is parking right by the beach.
Paradise Beach is also on the water-taxi route, which runs along the south coast and stops at seven beaches.
2 – Platys Gialos Beach
Platys Gialos Beach is 5 km (3.1 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive.
Platys Gialos is a family-friendly beach and not a party beach but there are plenty of tavernas and bars right by the sand, making it a fantastic place to spend the day.
The sea is crystal-clear, and the water shallow.
It is an excellent beach to swim from, especially if you have small children.
The beach is long and there are plenty of parasols and sun loungers with tables so you can enjoy a drink in the shade.
Some of the best hotels on Mykonos are right by Platys Gialos Beach.
If you want a romantic break, try the Mykonos Dove Beachfront Hotel, which has suites with private plunge pools.
You can get to Platys Gialos Beach by bus from Mykonos Town, and the water taxi also stops there.
3 – Super Paradise Beach
Super Paradise Beach is 7 km (4.3 miles) from Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive. It has stunning views and waters as clear as crystal.
It is considered a party beach but attracts families because of the shallow waters.
The beach is covered in parasols and sun loungers.
It gets crowded in the afternoon and is noisy as young people start to party.
If you don’t like being close to strangers, this beach isn’t for you as the loungers are close together.
Elia Beach is the gay beach on Mykonos, but Super Paradise is also gay-friendly and the JackieO club is the main attraction for gay couples.
There are a few stylish hotels close to this beach that attract honeymooners.
The Lyo Boutique Hotel has magnificent beach views, and you can enjoy cocktails while relaxing by the pool, eating outdoors and working out with a sea view.
There isn’t a bus from Mykonos Town to Super Paradise Beach but the beach club operates a private shuttle from the Fabrika bus terminal in the centre of Mykonos town.
Alternatively, you can drive or take a water taxi.
4 – Psarou Beach
Psarou Beach is 5 km (3.1 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive.
It’s one of the trendiest beaches on Mykonos and often frequented by celebrities from all over the world.
You will see luxurious yachts anchored close to the beach, which is the most fashionable on the island and reflected in the prices of the sunbeds and in the restaurants and bars.
Despite the cost, it is very popular and can get busy in the summer.
Renting a sunbed in advance is recommended during July and August.
The scenery is beautiful, the beach sandy, and the waters crystal clear. It is popular for swimming and water sports as well as partying.
Some exclusive hotels exist if you want to sleep near the beach, such as Kenshu Psarou for a unique experience popular with couples.
The food served here is of the highest quality, the rooms are beautifully designed, there is a spa and fitness centre, and, best of all, you are steps away from the beach.
If you want to take the bus from Mykonos Town, it will drop you off at Platys Gialos Beach and then it’s a 10-minute walk.
Parking spaces are few and far between, so if you want to drive there, set off early to secure a spot.
5 – Elia Beach
Elia Beach is 11 km (6.8 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
Elia Beach is the largest beach on Mykonos. Although it is considered the gay beach of the island, it’s not exclusively so, and you will see many straight people taking advantage of the sunbeds and the warm waters.
For the naturists out there, there is a part of the beach that is reserved for nudists. It is towards the east of the beach.
If you want to stay close to Elia Beach, the Myconian Utopia Resort clings to the rocks above the beach and offers astonishing views towards the sea and other islands.
It has a private beach that offers water sports, an infinity pool, and a shuttle to Mykonos Town.
There is a bus from Mykonos Town to Elia Beach every two hours, the water taxi stops here and if you decide to drive, there is lots of parking space.
6 – Kalo Livadi Beach
Kalo Livadi Beach is 10 km (6.2 miles) from Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
The calm waters attract families and anyone who wants to participate in water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
There is a beach club, so you will find young people partying, but it is much quieter than Paradise Beach.
The beach is one of the longest on Mykonos, and plenty of sunbeds and parasols are available, but if you prefer to lie in the sand, you can also do this.
Spend the day here and take advantage of one of the tavernas overlooking the beach.
There is plenty of parking above the beach, but the bus service is irregular. Sometimes they run, other times they don’t, so don’t rely on them!
7 – Paraga Beach
Paraga Beach is 6 km (3.7 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and is about a 15-minute drive.
There are three beach clubs here, the Scorpios, the SantAnna, and the Kahlua. It has a great party atmosphere during the day but is quieter than Paradise Beach at night.
Paraga Beach is two beaches separated by a headland. The sand is golden, and the coast is protected from the winds, so it is a great place to swim.
Sunbeds cover the northern part of the beach, and the atmosphere is lively, with tavernas playing loud music and people dancing the day away.
The southern part of the beach is quieter and doesn’t have sunbeds or tavernas. It is favoured by naturists.
Buses go to Paraga Beach from Mykonos Town every hour and the water taxi stops here.
However, there isn’t much parking if you decide to drive, although you can park at Paradise Beach, where there are plenty of spaces, and then walk as it’s only 0.8 km (0.5 miles) away.
8 – Ornos Beach
Ornos Beach is 3 km (1.8 miles) south of Mykonos Town and about a 10-minute drive. It’s popular with families, young people and couples.
It isn’t surprising as the sand is golden, the water turquoise and calm, and the restaurants dish up some of the best food on the island.
There are plenty of sunbeds but because of the popularity of the beach, you should get there early in July and August to ensure that you get one.
It is a great place to swim and take part in water activities or to go on a sunset cruise.
There is a diving school and schools for sea skiing on the beach behind the main one.
There’s a range of places to stay near Ornos Beach, from luxurious hotels to budget-friendly.
If you don’t want to drive to Ornos Beach, you can take the bus from Mykonos Town. They leave every hour.
9 – Kalaftis Beach
Kalaftis Beach is 12 km (7.4 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
It’s one of the least crowded beaches on the island of Mykonos, so if you want a bit of peace and quiet, this is the place to go.
The beach is large, the sand golden, and the water clear, making it popular with those who enjoy water sports.
Here you can enjoy swimming, windsurfing, snorkelling, and jet skiing.
Because the water is so calm and there aren’t partygoers, the beach also attracts families.
There are some sun loungers and umbrellas, but you may have to lie on the sand or under a shady tree.
There are some tavernas nearby, so you can spend the day here with delicious Greek food for lunch.
If you want to stay here, there are hotels to choose from.
The Wild Hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the beach, with a private beach and an infinity pool.
The views from here are spectacular. It is best to travel to this beach by car as the bus from Mykonos Town isn’t regular. You can access Kalatfis beach on this south coast cruise.
10- Agios Ioannis Beach
Agios Ioannis Beach is 5 km (3.1 miles) south of Mykonos Town and about a 10-minute drive.
If you are looking for serenity, this is the beach for you.
It is rarely crowded despite it being a beautiful beach with soft sand and clear blue waters.
The water is shallow, making it suitable for families with small children.
The sunset here is spectacular, with the reds, oranges, and blues mingling.
You can see the island of Delos clearly from the beach.
Despite the beach being quiet, there are two tavernas here, so it is a good place to spend the day.
There are also hotels if you want to stay close to the beach.
It is easy to get here by bus from Mykonos Town, which leaves from the Fabrika terminal every hour.
Because it is a quiet beach, there are plenty of parking spaces if you come by car.
11 – Lia Beach
Lia Beach is 14 km (8.7 km) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
It’s the furthest from Mykonos Town but it is well worth the visit and a paradise for swimmers and snorkellers.
The rocks at the water’s edge make it an excellent place for diving.
There are plenty of sunbeds, two restaurants, a beach bar and the La Luna taverna serves delicious Greek and Italian food.
Vila Nautilia offers luxury suites and cottages and a panoramic sea view.
There isn’t a bus service to this beach, so you will have to drive and there’s plenty of parking.
12 – Agia Anna Beach (Paraga)
Agia Anna Beach is 6 km (3.7 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive.
There are two Agia Anna beaches. This one is near Paraga Beach and is a quiet beach to relax and sunbathe or walk by the sea.
It is small, with clear water and some sunbeds.
Try the Nikolas taverna, which is homemade and traditionally Greek. The fish and seafood are the best.
There isn’t a bus all the way to Agia Anna Beach but there is one that goes to Paraga Beach every hour and then you can walk for 10 minutes along the coast.
13 – Agios Stefanos Beach
Agios Stefanos Beach is 3.5 km (2.17 miles) north of Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive.
Although this beach is north of Mykonos Town, it’s protected from the winds, making it a popular beach for swimming and water sports.
It has magnificent views of the island of Delos and the Rhenia islands.
The sunset is to die for and being near the port, you can enjoy watching the ships sail by.
It is well provided with facilities, with restaurants, bars, cafes, mini-markets and hotels close by.
There is a bus service from the Old Terminal in Mykonos Town and if you decide to drive, there is a large parking area behind the beach.
14 – Fokos Beach
Fokos Beach is 13 km (8 miles) north of Mykonos Town and about a 20-minute drive.
Fokos Beach is secluded and quiet in the north of the island.
The landscape around the beach is wild and you will feel that you are on a different island from the beaches on the south coast.
This is the beach to choose if you are looking for natural beauty, far from the crowds.
Because it is free of crowds, Fokos Beach is popular with nudists.
There is an excellent taverna close to Fokos Beach called Fokos Taverna, which serves healthy Greek-style seafood and has a superb view towards the sea.
There isn’t a bus that goes to Fokos Beach, so you will have to drive and park by the taverna.
15 – Megali Ammos Beach
Megali Ammos Beach is within 10 minutes walking distance northwest of Mykonos Town.
It’s also known as Mykonos Town Beach because it is so close to the town.
This quiet beach is a place to escape the crowds and sunbathe with a view of the island’s magnificent windmills, a symbol of the rich past of Mykonos.
The Venetians built many in the 16th century to mill wheat, making them ahead of time.
The beach can get quite windy and when it is, it is popular with windsurfers.
Because of the wind, there aren’t any sunbeds or umbrellas, so be prepared to lie on the sand if you want to sunbathe.
16 – Old Port Beach
Old Port Beach is at the edge of Mykonos Town between Little Venice and the Old Port Bus Terminal.
While this small stretch of sand may not be the best beach on Mykonos, it is a lovely place to relax if you are staying in one of the many hotels nearby or after a busy day wandering around town.
It is a picturesque setting and you can laze your day away watching the boats sailing in and out of the port.
Some of the best hotels on Mykonos are close to this beach, including The Townhouse Mykonos and the Harmony Boutique Hotel. There are also plenty of tavernas within easy walking distance.
17 – Agia Anna Beach (Kalaftis)
Agia Anna Beach is 12 km (7.4 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
The second of the Agia Anna beaches is a sandy beach near Kalaftis Beach with some sun loungers owned by the Agia Anna seafront bar-restaurant.
It used to be peaceful but can now be busy in the height of summer due to great swimming and snorkelling and beautiful views towards Naxos.
It is also worth going to this beach to visit the bar-restaurant, which serves seafood and fish straight from the Aegean and cooked before your eyes.
If you don’t want to drive here, you can take the bus from the Old Port Terminal in Mykonos Town to Kalaftis and walk from there.
18 – Divounia Beach
Divounia Beach is 13 km (8 miles) southeast of Mykonos Town and about a 25-minute drive.
For peace and quiet, head to this small, secluded beach that is in between the beaches of Agia Anna and Kalaftis.
It is picturesque and situated next to an attractive small fishing hamlet. The water is deep blue and perfect for swimming.
When you get hungry, go to the hamlet, where you can choose between two tavernas serving the day’s catch.
To get to the beach, take the bus to Kalaftis from Mykonos Town and walk to the right for a few minutes.
19 – Mersini Beach
Mersini Beach is 12 km (7.4 miles) northeast of Mykonos Town and about a 20-minute drive.
Mersini Beach is a secluded beach divided into two parts by rocks.
The sea is shallow, clear, and turquoise and the beach is sandy and golden.
If you want to escape the party life of the south coast, this is the place for you.
Because it is so private, it does attract naturists.
It is an unorganised beach, so there aren’t any sun loungers, tavernas, or bars nearby.
Bring some water and a snack if you want to spend a few hours.
However, Mersini Beach is only 900 metres away from Fokos beach and the Fokos Taverna serves excellent seafood.
There isn’t a bus to this beach so you will have to drive.
20 – Kapari Beach
Kapari Beach is 6 km (3.7 miles) southwest of Mykonos Town and about a 15-minute drive.
Once a secluded paradise, it can get busy in July and August. However, it is worth going to for the calm waters and excellent swimming.
The scenery is beautiful, with views towards the island of Delos and you can experience a magnificent sunset here.
If you visit outside the peak months, you will probably see naturists taking advantage of the beach’s seclusion.
There aren’t any facilities at this beach, so you will need to bring water and food or head to the beach of Agios Ioannis, which is close by and has two tavernas.
If you want to take the bus, you will have to go to Agios Ioannis Beach from the Fabrika Terminal in Mykonos Town and then walk from there.
It is possible to take a cruise or tour of the southern beaches.
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