The awesome beaches of Mykonos. Here you can see Psarou Beach in the foreground, next is Platys Gialos Beach, then near the top of picture you can see Agia Anna Beach, and on the far side of that little peninsula is Paraga Beach (not visible). A little farther around the corner (at the top) is Paradise Beach. All of these are connected by a footpath along the coast. It’s a highlight of Mykonos to walk between the 5 beaches – swimming, drinking, and eating along the way. And you can take a boat back if you’re out of energy.
5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Many restaurants and beautiful sand. The most trendy beach on Mykonos.
Recommended Hotels: Mykonos Blu (luxury)
4. Paraga Beach
6 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Paraga is very busy but beautiful. Several places to eat and drink. Direct bus from Mykonos Town to Paraga.
Recommended Hotels: Zephyros (budget – the only hotel right at Paraga) • San Giorgio (moderate – half way between Paraga and Paradise Beach)
6 km south of Mykonos Town. A young lively party-beach with many bars spilling out onto the sand. After the sun goes down the party just gets louder. Buses go directly from Mykonos Town to Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach was once the most popular gay beach but is now largely straight.
Recommended Hotels: Paradise View Hotel
7. Super Paradise Beach
7 km southeast of Mykonos Town. A small beach with plenty of activity and 2 or 3 beach bars. No direct buses but there are small boats from Platis Gialos and Paradise Beach to Super Paradise Beach. Probably the most gay-friendly beach on Mykonos. There are no hotels on Super Paradise Beach.
10 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Very quiet and secluded with good sand. There is no bus from Mykonos Town to Agrari so it’s bus to Elia and then walk 15 minutes. There’s 1 restaurant at Agrari. You’ll want a rental car if you stay here.
Recommended Hotels: Sunrise Hotel & Suites (moderate)
10. Megali Ammos Beach
500 meters south of Mykonos Town (Chora). Nice sand and swimming but can be windy. It’s an easy walk from the Chora. Joanna’s Nikos Taverna is on the beach and very good.
Recommended Hotels: Grand Beach Hotel (luxury) • Poseidon Hotel Suites (moderate) • Hotel Adonis (good budget hotel)
11. Lia Beach
14 km east of Mykonos Town. Beautiful beach that’s quiet and has great swimming. Also a good snorkeling beach. No public transit.
12. Fokos Beach
13 km northeast of Mykonos Town. A quiet and secluded beach. There are no tourist facilities here but there is an amazing taverna just off the beach. The taverna is worth a trip in itself. No public buses come to Fokos – you’ll need to get here by private transportation.
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.
The water taxi at Ornos Beach. The walk from Platys Gialos Beach to Paradise Beach is great. Use the water taxi to get to fill in the gaps.
The schedule can and will change but this should give you a general idea: the water taxi leaves Ornos and travels east to Platys Gialos, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, and Elia Beaches. It then returns in the opposite direction.