Mykonos Beaches: Tips & Advice
- Mykonos is loaded with great beaches. It’s a beach paradise whether you’re looking for swimming, sunbathing, beach resorts, beach parties, or water sports.
- Paradise, Super Paradise, and Paraga Beaches are the main party beaches. Ornos and Platis Gialos are great for families and couples. Kalafatis is the only Blue Flag beach in Mykonos, best loved for windsurfing and never crowded.
- Staying in Mykonos Town (for the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife) and visiting the nearby beaches through the day is easy to do. Buses run often until late evening in summer.
- Walking along the coast between Psarou Beach and Paradise Beach is a highlight of a visit to Mykonos.
- Best off-the-beaten-path beaches in Mykonos: Lia and Fokos.
- The best luxury hotels in Mykonos should be booked 4 to 6 months in advance. The best cheap hotels in Mykonos should be booked 3 to 5 months in advance.
Where are the best beaches on Mykonos?
The best beaches on Mykonos are along the south coast of the island where they are protected from the sometimes brisk winds that blow from the north. The beaches along the north can look great in pictures but will often be quite windy – especially in July and August. That said, they are much quieter and if you catch them on a peaceful day you’ll have a beautiful beach nearly all to yourself.
Map of Mykonos Beaches
Hotels on Map: Mykonos Grand • Saint John Hotel & Spa • Mykonos Ammos • Mykonos Blanc • Mykonos Blu • Nissaki Boutique • Acrogiali • Mykonos Kosmoplaz Beach Resort • Mykonos Palace • Branco Mykonos • Sunrise Hotel and Suites • Myconian Imperial Resort & Villas
The 19 Best Beaches on Mykonos
The best beach on Mykonos. Lively, wide, and beautiful with many restaurants, several hotels, a mini-market, and direct buses to the Fabrika bus station in Mykonos Town. Located about 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town and on the water taxi route that goes west to Ornos and east past the party beaches (Paraga, Paradise, and Super Paradise) all the way to Elia Beach.
Recommended Platis Gialos Beach Hotels
- Petasos Beach Resort & Spa (luxury)
- Myconian Ambassador Hotel & Spa (luxury)
- Branco Mykonos (luxury)
- Palladium Hotel (luxury)
- Nissaki Boutique Hotel (luxury)
- Petinos Beach Hotel (luxury)
- Bay Bees Seaview Suites and Homes (moderate)
2. Ornos Beach
The busiest beach on the island, yet quite beautiful with lovely surroundings, many tavernas, and high-end beach clubs. Ornos is the most family-friendly beach on Mykonos (followed closely by Platis Gialos and Psarou). This is the westernmost beach along the water-taxi route. Located 3 km south of Mykonos Town with frequent bus connections to the Fabrika bus station there – no need for a car.
Recommended Ornos Beach Hotels
- Santa Marina Resort & Villas (luxury)
- Kivotos Boutique Hotel (luxury)
- Kensho Ornos (luxury)
- Mykonos Blanc (luxury)
- Ammos Hotel (luxury)
- Myconian O (luxury)
- Mykonos Cactus (moderate)
3. Psarou Beach
A magical beach set in a cove and protected from the wind, Psarou offers calm waters ideal for beginning swimmers and soft golden sand. A few luxe resorts sit near the water, though the area is best known as the home of the Nammos Village luxury mall and Nammos Restaurant, an upscale beach club. The bus to Mykonos Town stops here regularly, though you’ll need to walk to Platis Gialos to reach the water taxi.
Recommended Psarou Beach Hotels
4. Paraga Beach
One of the three main party beaches in Mykonos, Paraga is home to the chic Scorpios beach club and lively SantAnna Mykonos, where you’ll find the largest saltwater pool in Europe. A short walk takes you to relaxed Agia Anna Beach (the first of three beaches in Mykonos called Agia Anna), with a more casual atmosphere and dining. Buses to Mykonos Town’s Fabrika station (but not the water taxi) run regularly from Paraga.
Recommended Paraga Beach Hotels
- Agia Anna on the Beach (luxury – at Agia Anna Beach 1, near Paraga)
- Zephyros (budget – the only hotel right at Paraga)
5. Elia Beach
The longest beach on Mykonos and home to some of the island’s very best resorts. Plenty of space on the sand to spread out a blanket if you prefer not skip renting a sunbed, but only one restaurant here. In high season there are six or seven buses a day from Mykonos Town (Old Port bus station) to Elia. Elia is the easternmost stop along the water taxi route that connects to many southern beaches. Lots of parking here if you have a rental car. Located 11 km southeast of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Elia Beach Hotels
- Panoptis Escape (luxury)
- Myconian Villa Collection (luxury)
- Katikies Villas (luxury)
- Myconian Imperial Resort & Villas (luxury)
A young, lively party-beach with many bars spilling out onto the sand, namely Cavo Paradiso, Tropicana, and Paradise Club. Parties begin in the afternoon and carry on until late into the night. Buses go directly from the Fabrika bus station in Mykonos Town to Paradise Beach, and the beach is located along the water-taxi route. Paradise Beach was once the most popular gay beach but leans more straight these days, especially in the low and shoulder seasons, when families tend to take over. Located 6 km south of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Paradise Beach Hotels
- Tropicana Hotel (luxury and moderate options)
A small beach with plenty of activity and four beach bars with parties starting in the late afternoons. Probably the most gay-friendly beach on Mykonos; a sunset drag show is held nightly at Jackie O’ Beach Club, overlooking the sea. A private shuttle service runs between the Fabrika station in Mykonos Town and Super Paradise every couple of hours. There are small boats from Platis Gialos and Paradise Beach to Super Paradise Beach, and Super Paradise is located along the water-taxi route. Located 7 km southeast of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Super Paradise Beach Hotels
- Lyo Boutique Hotel (luxury)
A beautiful, quiet (but narrow) sandy beach, with some rock shelves near the shore in some parts. Sunset views face the archaeological site of Delos Island. Two tavernas and beach clubs serve directly to the beach with sunbed/umbrella sets to rent. Direct buses in high season to Mykonos Town’s Fabrika bus station. Located 5 km south of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Agios Ioannis Beach Hotels
- Katikies Mykonos (luxury)
- Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort (luxury)
- Anax Resort & Spa (luxury)
- Bill & Coo Coast Suites (luxury, adults-only)
- Hippie Chic Hotel (moderate)
9. Agrari Beach
The quietest, most secluded of the south coast beaches, plus great sand. There is only one restaurant onsite, belonging to a cute little boutique hotel there. The water taxi stops here, but there is no bus service. The nearest bus stop is at Elia Beach, about a 15-minute walk away. You’ll want a rental car if you stay here. Located 10 km southeast of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Agrari Beach Hotels
- Sunrise Hotel & Suites (moderate)
Nice sand and swimming but can be windy. It’s an easy walk from the Chora. Located 500m south of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Megali Ammos Beach Hotels
- Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge (luxury)
- Myconian Korali (luxury)
- Tharroe of Mykonos (luxury)
- Boheme Mykonos (luxury)
- Mykonos Earth Suites (moderate)
- Mykonos Bay Resort & Villas (moderate)
11. Lia Beach
Beautiful beach that’s quiet and has great swimming. Also a good snorkeling beach. No public transit. Located 14 km east of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Lia Beach Hotels
- Vlia Mar Myconian Residences (luxury)
- Villa Nautilia (luxury)
- Tha-Lia Myconian Suites & Studios (moderate)
12. Fokos Beach
A quiet and secluded beach, rarely busy even in the summer months. Refreshing water with great clarity. There are no tourist facilities here, but there is an amazing taverna just off the beach. The taverna is worth a trip in itself. The few buildings scattered on the hills near the beach are private villas. No public buses come to Fokos – you’ll need to get here by private transportation. Located 13 km northeast of Mykonos Town.
Recommended Fokos Beach Hotels
13. Kalafatis Beach
Mykonos’ only Blue Flag beach. Kalafatis Beach is located on the coast of a tiny village of the same name. Long enough, wide enough, and remote enough to never get very crowded, even in the peak season. This tree-shaded beach is best known for windsurfing and can get a little wavy. There is a water sport center and scuba diving on the north end of the beach, while the south end is use mostly by swimmers and snorkelers. Travelers with disabilities can make use of the SEATRAC access ramp into the water. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent, thought there’s plenty of open space to spread out your own blanket instead. Restaurants sit at either end of the beach (the best are on the south side).
Recommended Kalafatis Beach Hotels
- The Wild Hotel (luxury)
- Anemoessa Boutique Hotel (moderate)
- Koukoumi Vegan Hotel (luxury) in Ano Mera
14. Kalo Livadi Beach
Rapidly developing Kalo Livadi Beach on Mykonos’ south coast has seen several brand new luxury hotels and a couple of beach clubs (namely, Lohan Beach House and Sentu) pop up on its shore and surrounding hills in the past few years. But this broad swathe of sand still offers plenty of space for visitors to spread a blanket and claim. Bus service runs regularly in the high season from the Old Port of Mykonos Town via Ano Mera, but the beach sits just a tad too far east for the water taxi, which helps reduce some of the crowds. Angled slightly to the southeast, Kalo Livadi does see a bit more wind than most other south coast beaches.
Recommended Kalo Livadi Beach Hotels
- Aegon (luxury)
- Nomad (luxury)
- Radisson Blu Euphoria Resort (luxury)
- Mykonos Bliss Cozy Suites (luxury)
- Salty Houses (moderate)
- The Summit of Mykonos (moderate)
15. Agios Sostis Beach
Remote, uncrowded beach set back in a small cove with golden sand. The water is shallow for a good distance out from shore with calm waters, though its north coast location means it gets windy, especially in the height of summer. Aside from the beach itself, the biggest draw here is Kiki’s Tavern, with a rustic menu and free wine while you wait for a table (they don’t take reservations). There is a second, smaller beach right below the tavern. No bus service this far north; you’ll need a rental car to stay here.
Recommended Agios Sostis Beach Hotels
- Mykonos Lolita (luxury)
16. Kapari Beach
Once a “secret” beach, word has gotten out about its crisp, sapphire waters, relative seclusion, and sunset views. This is one of only a very few number of totally undeveloped beaches on the island; you’ll find no restaurants, sunbed rentals, or hotels in the immediate vicinity. No bus routes serve Kapari directly, but the Agios Ioannis bus stop is only a 15-minute walk away.
Recommended Kapari Beach Hotels
- Katikies Mykonos (luxury – in Agios Ioannis)
17. Agios Stefanos Beach
Agios Stefanos is the beach closest to the ferry port at Tourlos, north of Mykonos Town. Angled toward the southwest and set in a natural bay, this sandy beach with shallow water is shielded from the winds. Popular with both couples and families, travelers will find sunbed rentals, casual tavernas, a mini market, fantastic sunsets, and views of the ferries and cruise ships arriving and departing. Frequent bus connections to the Old Port of Mykonos Town and the ferry port (New Port).
Recommended Agios Stefanos Beach Hotels
- Destino Pacha (luxury)
- Habitat (luxury)
- Mykonos Princess (luxury)
- Rocabella Mykonos (luxury)
- Grace Mykonos (luxury)
- Mykonos Soul (moderate)
- Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa (luxury – at the ferry port near Agios Stefanos)
18. Panormos Beach
Soft golden sand with no rocks make this northern beach a popular spot for swimming, especially when the wind is coming from the south. Two upscale boutique hotels, an excellent restaurant, and a swanky beach club sit at the north end of the beach, but there is still a lot of space on the southern half for setting up on your own patch of sand. At the farthest south end, there is sometimes nude swimming and sunbathing. Currently, there is no bus service connecting to Panormos (there used to be a bus here) and it remains to be seen if it will return. As of now, plan on having your own car to get here.
Recommended Panormos Beach Hotels
19. Old Port Beach
Also called Agia Anna Beach, the Old Port Beach sits at the north end of Mykonos Town. Not the most tranquil beach on the island, but it is the closest swimming spot for travelers staying in town. The beach has a lifeguard as well as a SEATRAC access ramp for swimmers with disabilities. Restaurants, tavernas, shops, and hotels abound, though there are none directly on the beach and no sunbed/umbrella sets to rent. Close to the bus station at the Old Port and just a 10-minute walk to the Fabrika bus station.
Recommended Old Port Beach Hotels
Mykonos Water Taxi
The Mykonos Water Taxi runs along the island’s south coast, stopping to pick up and drop off passengers at 7 different beaches along the way from late morning to early evening. The main departure beach for the water taxi is Platis Gialos, easily accessible by bus or taxi. Mykonos Water Taxi fare is 20€ for an all-day, all-beach pass.
Beaches on the Mykonos Water Taxi Route: