Beaches in North Cyprus
Beaches are a principal attraction in North Cyprus and vary widely in character from the busy Northern Cyprus hotel beaches, which offer many facilities, to the secluded stretches of sand in the Karpaz, where you may have the entire beach to yourself. The beaches are an integral part of North Cyprus’ national heritage. Please respect them when you use them and please take your rubbish away with you. Do not forget to use sun-screen lotion – after 20 minutes under the summer sun, you will begin to burn.
Water sports are available on some beaches in North Cyprus where professional tuition and supervision are on offer. In general, the beaches associated with Northern Cyprus hotels are kept clean and provide facilities such as toilets, sun loungers, parasols, bars and restaurants. Entrance Fees vary. The visitor is encouraged to explore for themself, but as a guide, a few beaches are listed below.
Acapulco Hotel Beach - Located a few miles east of Kyrenia, 5 star Acapulco Hotel’s beach is one of the best beaches in the Kyrenia area. One doesn’t necessarily have to be staying at the hotel to take advantage of the 1 mile long sandy beach. With an entrance fee, you will enjoy great selection of facilities under the Mediterranean sun. Acapulco offers a massive outdoor swimming pool (the largest in North Cyprus) with water slides. There are dozens of animations from belly dancing to water gymnastics for children and adults around the large pool. Beach volleyball, tennis and basketball and so many other sports activities to have fun… It also offers the opportunity to surf the waves growing from time to time. The Acapulco Hotel’s five-star comfort reflects well on its beach with thin sand and endless blues.
Alagadi Beach is one of the best public beaches where you can see turtles nesting during the summer season. Quite spectacular, with a double bay of wide sandy beaches separated by natural sand dunes where at quieter times you may even find you have the beach to yourself.
Escape Beach - Sea, sand, sun and more...The Escape Beach Club (locally known as ‘Yavuz Çıkarma Plajı’) is a very inviting beach situated on the highway as you come from Kyrenia to Alsancak. An entry fee is paid to enjoy every comfort that ESCAPE offers. Once inside, you can sunbathe either on the cushions on the lawn or on the sun loungers on the sands. When you are hungry you can enjoy great selection of food offered in the restaurant. The Escape offers extensive options for those who seek more than sea, sand and sun. Some of the water sports on the offer are scuba diving, jet skiing and parasailing. The small island just across the bay, serves as a natural wave-breaking. Thus, the beach remains smooth all the time. Especially a favorite gathering place for trendy Cypriots, it gets very crowded during the weekends. With its alternative leisure facilities to enjoy sea, sun and sand, the Escape is one of the most popular beaches in Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus.
Glapsides Beach - Situated 5.5 km north of Famagusta on the eastern coast of the Cyprus Island, the Glapsides Beach is the third best beach in North Cyprus. Because of its convenient location on the bay, local people and students flock to this long sandy beach. The beach is run by local municipality and the entrance is free of charge. Sun beds and umbrellas can be obtained with a small fee.
The Glapsides blue water captivates water sports enthusiasts and scuba divers. Explore the mystery of the underwater world with scuba diving or join beach volleyball tournaments arranged on the beach. The beach also offers camping opportunities.
Karpas Golden Beach - As you reach to the northern-most tip of the island you will be greeted by the world famous Karpas Golden Beach with miles of golden sands. Golden Beach is known as the island’s most beautiful beach, and is referred to as the birth place of Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love and beauty in mythology. According to legend, the calm sea suddenly gets excited by a sparkling white wave, and with this wave, Aphrodite steps to the shore on a shell.
With its beautiful sands and azure sea, Golden Beach deserves the legendary beauty of Aphrodite. Watching the sunrise and going for a morning walk in this sweeping bay stretching for miles is a big pleasure.
Although it is easy to get to the Karpas Golden Beach located on the right on the road from Dipkarpas Village to Zafer Burnu, you have to keep your eyes on the signpost which is very small. There is almost no construction except two small guest houses on the beach. Amongst nature, it is a wonderful opportunity for a unique holiday.
Karpas Golden Beach is getting busier in these days but it is so big! There is a room for everyone. Ideal for those who would like to get away from the crowd, and seeking their own privacy. You need a car hire to go to Karpas Peninsula. Don’t forget to take an umbrella and refreshments if you are planning to spend your day on the Karpas Golden Beach.
There are signposts down to many beaches in TRNC and there are cafes and picnic areas offering refreshments.
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