Updated: November 27, 2017
- 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 Beach is the party beach. Ornos and Platys Gialos are great for families and couples.
- 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 the beaches of Psarou and Paradise Beach is a highlight of a visit to Mykonos.
- The best luxury hotels in Mykonos should be booked 4 to 6 months in advance. The best cheap hotels should be booked 3 to 5 months in advance.
The 12 Best Beaches on Mykonos
1. Platys Gialos Beach
2. Ornos Beach
3. Psarou Beach
4. Paraga Beach
5. Elia Beach
6. Paradise Beach
7. Super Paradise Beach
8. Agios Ioannis Beach
9. Agrari Beach
10. Megali Ammos Beach
11. Lia Beach
12. Fokos Beach
Where are the best beaches on Mykonos?
Map: 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.
#1 Agios Ioannis – 5 km south of Mykonos Town. A quiet (but narrow) beach. Two tavernas and direct buses in high season to Mykonos Town. One of the most beautiful beaches on Mykonos but might be a little too secluded for some.
#2 Ornos – 3 km south of the Chora. It’s an idyllic beach with lovely surroundings and many restaurants. Ornos is the most family-friendly beach on Mykonos.
#3 Psarrou – 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Many restaurants and beautiful sand. The most trendy beach on Mykonos and dominated by the all-day party restaurant Nammos.
#4 Platys Gialos – 5 km southeast of Mykonos Town. A wide beautiful beach with many restaurants. There’s a mini-market and direct buses to Mykonos Town. This is where you catch the water-taxi to Super Paradise and other beaches. It’s easy to walk from here to Psarrou, Agia Anna, Paraga, and Paradise beaches. This is my favorite beach on Mykonos.
#5 Agia Anna – A quiet beach with one very good restaurant. An easy walk from both Platys Gialos and Paraga.
#6 Paraga – 6 km southeast of Mykonos Town. Paraga is busy but beautiful. Several places to eat and drink. Direct bus from Mykonos Town to Paraga.
#7 Paradise – 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.
#8 Super Paradise – 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 Platys Gialos and Paradise Beach to Super Paradise Beach. Probably the most gay-friendly beach on Mykonos. There are no hotels on Super Paradise Beach.
#9 Agrari – 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.
#10 Elia – 11 km southeast of Mykonos Town. The longest beach on Mykonos. In high season there are 5 or 6 buses a day from Mykonos Town to Elia. There is also a boat from Platys Gialos to Elia. Lots of parking here if you have a rental car.
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. The small La Luna taverna is here and has wonderful Greek and Italian food.
Fokos – 12 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.