Beaches are a principal attraction in North Cyprus, and vary widely in character from the busy hotel beaches, which offer many facilities, to the secluded stretches of sand in the Karpaz, where the visitor may have an entire beach to themselves.
Water sports are available on some beaches, in particular at Magic Island and Deniz Kizi. In general, the beaches associated with hotels are kept clean and provide facilities such as toilets, Sun Loungers, parasols, bars and restaurants. Entrance fees to the beaches vary.
Our visitors are encouraged to explore for themselves, but as a brief guide, a few area beaches are listed below.
Acapulco Beach lies about 10 kilometres to the east of Kyrenia. At the point where the coast road to the east sweeps up towards the mountains, a large sign advertising this beach can be seen. Here the road branches off to the left, before leading to the entrance of this holiday complex.
This is a popular tourist beach, offering most facilities, but close supervision of children is recommended, as there is an undertow. Windsurfing is available.
Lara Beach may be found just a few kilometres further on from Acapulco Beach. A sign indicates where to turn off from the new by-pass road. Toilets, showers, and Sun Loungers are available, and there is also a reasonable open-air restaurant.
Magic Island Beach
Magic Island Beach - Lapta (only 50 meters from Manolya Hotel) is situated about 10 kilometres west of Kyrenia (Lapta). This sheltered bay is kept clean, and offers a variety of water sports including windsurfing, parascending, water skiing, and inflatable fun rafts for smaller children. Sun Loungers are available for hire, and there are also a bar and restaurant, toilet and shower facilities.
Alagadi Beach is still further east, about 16 kilometres from Kyrenia. A hundred yards or so past St. Kathleen`s restaurant is a small bridge. Immediately after the bridge, a rough track bears left, leading past a farm and through the dunes to a large, sweeping double bay.
There are no facilities here, so bring your own refreshments, including water, and as ever please avoid leaving litter.
Escape Beach is located about 8 kilometres to the west of Kyrenia, past the sloping concrete monument beyond Karaoglanoglu (Ayyorgi). It is adjacent to the Altinkaya fish restaurant. The sandy beach is well protected and ideal for tiny tots. Toilets and showers are available, and there is a bar and restaurant.
Deniz Kizi is situated about 11 kilometres west of Kyrenia. This sheltered bay is kept clean, and offers a variety of water sports including windsurfing, parascending, water skiing, and inflatable fun rafts for smaller children.
Dolphin Sailing, which is recognized by the Royal Yacht Club, offers a wide range of water sports with professional tuition and supervision. Deck chairs are available for hire, and there are also toilet and shower facilities.
Mare Monte hotel beach lies some 16 kilometres west of Kyrenia, and provides all the facilities the visitor requires. An excellent location, but the entrance fee is higher than elsewhere.
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