North Cyprus Beaches: There are many different kinds of beaches in Northern Cyprus. Take a day trip to the Karpaz where you can laze on the deserted golden sands of the peninsula - or explore the rocky coves of the Northern Coast. You can watch the sun go down on the long sandy West Coast Bay area near Guzelyurt under the shadow of the Troodos Mountains – the choice is yours!
Karpaz Peninsula beaches
The Karpaz boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in the Mediterranean. The great feature of Karpaz beaches is that they are somewhat remote – and therefore often empty. For those who love to get away from the crowds these beaches are ideal – however those staying in the Kyrenia area tend to make them a day out, due to the distances involved.
The clean sandy beach at Kaplica is just at the start of the peninsula. There is a good restaurant with beachside café and small shop, along with good changing and shower facilities. An interesting feature is the local campsite – where the local Turkish Cypriots enjoy their beach holidays in a curious array of caravans! Lots of local colour. The public beach at Yeni Erenkoy has showers and a restaurant, and the Karpaz beach just three kilometres away suits strong swimmers who like picturesque rocky bays.
Kasa Beach at Ayios Philon a short drive from Dipkarpaz is a fascinating place to go. Really worth a visit – there is The Oasis Restaurant, plus the ruined 10th Century Ayios Philon church, with mosaics, built on a 5th Century site. These two are the only buildings now marking the spot of what was once a busy Phoenician Port of Karpasia, abandoned in 802 after the Arab raids.
The southern coastline of the Karpas Peninsula has plenty of beaches, but few are easily accessible and offer no amenities. The star of the south is Golden Sands, a beach fringed with magnificent sand dunes and populated by breeding sea turtles. A magical place to visit, but remember you must not disturb the turtles in any way; they are a protected species.
North East coast beaches
Nearer to the more inhabited areas, the North Cyprus coastline is a bather's delight, with rocky outcrops hiding secluded sandy coves, just right for a boat trip or lunch on the sands. A popular area is the Bahceli and Esentepe region – easier to get to than the Karpaz.
Kyrenia area beaches
East of Kyrenia
Except for the Algadi beach, the beaches in this area have an entrance fee. The Acapulco beach belongs to the holiday village of the same name, and its well worth the fee to sit on such a pristine North Cyprus sandy beach. It's almost picture perfect, with the bay book-ended with rocky points, and a gently shelving sandy beach slipping gently into the warm Mediterranean waters. Here's the place to enjoy water sports in North Cyprus too, with a great range on offer. Not far away is the Escape Beach Club, and both beaches offer a bar, restaurant and a night club each, so these North Cyprus nightspots are very popular with a younger crowd.
Vogue Beach Club has recently opened in 2006. It's only 1 minute away from the Acapulco beach. The beach at Vogue is not as long as Acapulco beach and it is not completely sand. Nevertheless, the view, the restaurant and ice cream places are good. There is also a large pool and large jacuzzi. Water sports such as banana rides, water skiing, jet skiing and canoeing are offered.
Lara beach is the kind of beach kids love when they want a little more to explore, as it offers fascinating rocky places amongst the sand. Their parents will probably want to opt for the smooth limestone rocks at the western edge, but the children will enjoy the rock pools there too.
Alagadi is a beautiful public beach with no entrance fee and with two views to die for; turn away from the sea for a wonderful view of the Five Finger Mountains. This is one of the major beaches in Northern Cyprus where the turtles come to nest, and so is sometimes called "Turtle Beach". This is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the northern coast, and is fringed by sand dunes.
These beaches are an easy drive from both Bellapais Spring Village and Mountain Village.
West of Kyrenia
There are various beaches belonging to the hotels in this region, which you can access for a fee, but little in the way of public beaches.
The Altinkaya Hotel beach has sweeping sands, with shallow water suitable for children. You can even wade across to Golden Rock, a tiny island that guards the beach from the open sea.
The Denizkiki beach officially belongs to the hotel of the same name, but for a small fee this sheltered bay with excellent swimming is your North Cyprus beach paradise for the day.
Guzelyurt Area Beaches
The West Coast Bay area (also known as Morphou Bay) has a fantastic and almost undiscovered stretch of sandy beach.
Go to Aphrodite Beachfront Village (follow the road to Lefke from Guzelyurt and turn into the village of Gaziveren) to find shallow sandy waters – great for children – as well as professional watersports and the fantastic Joya Bar and Bistro.
Here you can swim, and enjoy refreshments, whilst enjoying unparalleled views of the Troodos Mountains to the South and the Five Fingers in the distance to the North.