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NORTH CYPRUS BEACHES IN ALSANCAK,LAPTA,CATALKOY,KYRENIA,FAMAGUSTA,KAYALAR,SADRAZAMKOY,KARPAZ
ESCAPE BEACH CLUB,2 minutes walking distance from Bare Hill Holiday Village.
DENIZKIZI-GOLDEN BAY BEACH (2 min walking) MERIT BEACH (2min drive) MOSQUITO BEACH (2 min drive)
MARE MONTE BEACH (2 min drive) CAMELOT BEACH (3 min drive) SUNSET BEACH (5 min drive)
GUZELYALI BEACH ( 10 min drive) KAYALAR-ROCKY BEACHES (15 min drive) LAPTA BEACH (5 min drive)
CATALKOY BEACH (20 min drive) KERVANSARAY-SAVARONA (3 min drive) ACAPULCO BEACH (25 min drive)
LARA BEACH ( 25 min drive) KORFEZ BEACH ( 25 min drive) ALAGADI BEACH (30 min drive)
MALIBU BEACH (2 hour drive) GOLDEN SAND BEACH (2.30 hour drive) AYIOS PHILON BEACH (2.20 hour drive)
**All distances are from Bare Hill Holiday Village.(Driving or walking) A wide range of water sports are available at the beaches.
North Cyprus is proud to offer crystal clear beaches that one can hardly find anywhere else in the Mediterranean; it has a varied coastline and amenities for swimmers: luxurious beaches of large hotels or remote ones lost behind wild dunes.On the east coast between Famagusta and Bogaz,a golden beach stretches for about 15 miles.By contrast on the north coast on either side of Kyrenia, there are cosy beaches with bars and sports facilities.Ideal climatic conditions make it possible for water lovers to enjoy swimming for about eight months in a year. In fact,most European visitors take the advantage of the wonderful climatic conditions of our Island and not only swim all year round but also enjoy various water sports activities including sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, waterskiing etc.
*Beach Safety in Northern Cyprus:Do not expect to find lifeguards or any form of flag warning system on North Cyprus beaches.Never leave children unattended. Do not swim on your own and keep check of the tides,currents and strong winds.Swimmers should not get out of their depth and caution should be taken with all inflatable.Never drink and swim.
Kervansaray Beach:About 5 km west of Kyrenia is the popular, sandy and private Kervansaray Beach in a pretty cove. It can be found on the right after driving through Karaoglanoglu at the Gülers Fish Bar.Park on the roadside and walk down to the beach where there are sun loungers for hire and a small beach bar serving drinks and ice cream. There are restaurants overlooking the beach with a good selection of food.
Escape Beach has several other names -Five Mile Beach (the approximate distance from Kyrenia), Sunset Beach and Yavuz Cikarma in Turkish.The area is landscaped with grass and flowers.There is little shade but sun loungers and umbrellas are for hire and a large restaurant overlooks the sands. A rocky islet protects the beach from the open sea though swimmers who venture beyond the island have been drowned in the strong currents. A sand bank connects the islet to the shore and you can paddle across if you wish to. Water sports are available, including jet skis, canoes and pedal boats.There is also a scuba diving school. It can get very busy in the summer thought the eastern end, where jet skis and boats are banned, is much quieter. Open-air night parties bring in the youngsters with club music from European Djs.
The Deniz Kizi Beach-Golden Bay Beach:Around the headland is the private Deniz Kizi or Mermaid Beach.Set in an attractive horseshoe bay the beach belongs to two hotels, the Deniz Kizi and Deniz Kizi Royal, so it can get very busy.Just above the beach is a large freshwater swimming pool open to the public.As well as the usual sun loungers there is a variety of water sports including windsurfing, water skiing and fun rafts for the children.
Mosquito Beach-Green Coast Beach:A holiday village here has dumped sand to improve the beach, also called Green Coast, but it quickly turns to shingle and harp stones out at sea.Beach shoes are a must for swimmers.There is a restaurant on the beach ansd showers and toilets. The complex has a large car park.
Alsancak Beach:This attractive, small, private, sandy beach has recently been open to the public.There is a sign to it from the Alsancak Restaurant on the main road.The area was until recently under military control and there are still several warning signs around but these can be safely ingnored.There is a pleasant restaurant overlooking the sea.
Mare Monte Beach:This long stretch of sand belongs to the Mare Monte Hotel beach about 9km west of Kyrenia.There are all the usual hotel facilities such as bar, shower, sun loungers and so on. It is very popular beach with the locals so the weekends are usually busy. There are a large number of steps to the beach so its not for those who have difficulty walking.
The LA Beach has a good sandy beach which is well looked after.Along with the usual facilities, loungers, showers, toilets and so on there is a good selection of water sports.
Camelot Beach:Still heading west of Kyrenia,beyond the villages of Karaoglanoglu and Alsancak is the village of Lapta.Here a small private sandy beach, also called Incirli Plaji, is signposted from the Friends Beach Bar and Restaurant.The shoreline water is very shallow making it ideal for children.There is the restaurant and a bar, free toilets and sun loungers for hire.
Guzelyalı Beach:Go westwards off Kyrenia and you will find Guzelyali Beach which is situated approximately 10 miles from Kyrenia, in Lapta.You can relax under an umbrella on a seabed and enjoy the sandy beach which turns into shingles when you enter the sea.Be aware of the rocks inside the sea since you can skid easily. A small restaurant and a bar are available with free toilets.
Catalkoy Beach:This private beach is about 7km east of Kyrenia and wel signposted off the main road. It is relatively small, a thin sickle of sand in a small bay, protected by a rock headland that sweeps around it.There are sun loungers and a diving platform as well as a small restaurant at the back of the beach.There is a good horseriding stable here and you can ride along deserted beaches or through the mountains.Catalkoy is a large picturesque village with a good selection of shops and restaurants nestled in foothills of the Five Finger Mountains. Many Europeans have build luxury homes in the area.
Lara Beach:Also known as Vakiflar Beach and not to be confused with Lara beach in the south, this private beach is about 3km east of Vyrsi and popular with British ex-pats who have quite a community around here.The dark sand looks a little scruffy but its pleasant enough and all the facilities including toilets, showers and changing rooms and a reasonable open air restaurant.
Diana Beach:About 2km east of Kyrenia is the village of Karakoum and a sign for the private Diana Beach, a small cove of sand past some new villas. Sand has been dumped by the lorry load to make it more attractive but it gets rocky underfoot in the water. There are sun loungers to rent and a small restaurant for food and drink. There are also jet skis to hire, which can make for a noisy day for those not into watersports.
Vogue Beach Club:With its ice cream bar, restaurant and disco, Vogue Beach Club is only a few minutes away from Acapulco Beach.It offers many water sports including famous banana riding and jet skiing.Its nice restaurant offer delicious pizzas and you can get a free ice cream with your entrance ticket.
Alagadi:These public sands are is also known as Turtle Beach for obvious reasons. It's about 20km from Kyrenia.Access is down a rough track to two beach strips either side of a small headland of shingle and sand backed by low dunes.Alagadi is a sandy beach and the water stays shallow for quite a distance.There is a small islet that you can wade to though the sea floor is very rocky. Facilties are limited to a restaurant on the main road and the Green Turtles Beach Bar in summer but there are toilets there. Green and loggerhead turtles come and lay their eggs in the summer.During the egg-laying season the beach area for sitting on is marked out with red painted markers.Beaches are closed overnight and patrolled by students in the egg laying season from June to October.
Karaagac Beach:North Cyprus beaches are often are near historic sights, but this one actually IS a historic sight! This tiny shingle bay, tucked away from the road, was the harbour of the ancient town of Kharcha. Its not an easy beach to access; youll need to park at the top of the stony track and walk down, a fifteen-minute hike. Once you reach the harbour, you can see a Roman jetty and the area is scattered with fragments of pottery and carved stone.
The east coast,towards the Karpas peninsula,has its own treasures; sand dunes bordered by wild olive groves, gently sloping beaches with clear waters. However, due to the rugged terrain a reliable four-wheel drive vehicle is essential.Don't forget to take an umbrella with you, and your refreshments if you are planning to spend your day there on the beach.Golden Sandy beach,Malibu Beach.The sands and the waters around the Island are of such a high standard that even the green turtles have chosen to lay their eggs here. Green turtles come ashore during July and August and dig holes during the night and lay their eggs. Interestingly, ecologists, and others with an interest in wildlife, students in particular, observe and protect these fascinating creatures from extinction.
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