The beaches on the south shore of the island have the best sand, view and are protected from the Meltemi, the local Cycladic wind. Keep in mind that most people begin to arrive in the early afternoon, and you can avoid the worst of the crowds by going in the morning. The north coast beaches are less developed but just as beautiful. They are less organized and crowded and most suitable for those in search of a bit of calm.
Most known Mykonos beaches
Psarou: The most famous and cosmopolitan beach of Mykonos. Situated within walking distance and just to the right of the Plati Gialos bus terminus. Fully organised beach offering water sports (including a diving school) attracting all vip visitors of the island.
Platis Gialos: About 4 km from the center of Mykonos town, a very popular beach on the south side of the island. It is also one of the longest beaches on Mykonos.
From here one may hire a small boat to visit other beaches like Paradise, Super Paradise etc. There is a very good connection by bus with Mykonos town, till very late at night.
Paranga: One of the island’s smallest beaches, it is a combination of two sandy beaches separated by a headland. Although organised, it has a new-age feel about it, with fine sand and huge rocks juxtaposed with blue water. The beach can be reached by bus or by a 15 minute walk from Platis Gialos.
Paradise (Kalamopodi): One of the most famous beaches of Mykonos, nudist friendly, attracting mostly a young crowd by its 24 hour music and its day and night beach parties. Water sports, diving centre and beach bars are available. It is located on the south, between Paranga Beach and Super Paradise Beach, and is reachable by a footpath from Plati Gialo, by bus or by small boat.
Super Paradise (Plintri): Just as famous as Paradise, it lies on the south side of Mykonos, next to Paradise beach. The setting truly is paradisiacal but don’t come here for a peaceful family picnic – music blares from huge loud speakers and during high season the beach partying often continues all day long. Full nudity is permitted.
Is reachable by local bus and small boat.
Agrari: Located right next to Elia beach, they form together a huge sandy beach. Agrari is less popular than its neighbour and much calmer. It can be reached by local bus and taxi-boat.
Elia: Elia is in a distance of about 3 km away from Ano Mera. The largest of the southern beaches, it has good restaurants, hotels, bungalows.
In the area just before Elia beach, there is “Watermania”, a 60,000 square metre water park with dare devil chutes, a host of water-based activities, music and dancing.
The beach is accessible by bus service from Mykonos Town and boat service from Platis Gialos.
Kalo Livadi: Kalo Livadi lies 2 km from Ano Mera. It is the perfect place for those who look for a peaceful environment. If you like to stay overnight, there is one hotel and a few rooms to let. Buses run frequently from Mykonos Town to Kalo Livadi.
Ornos: Only two kilometres from town, located on the south west. Perfect family beach with all amenities. Access to and from town is easily made by frequent bus service. Daily boat services to other beaches as well as excursions to the island of Delos are available from this bay which also provides a good anchorage for yachts.
Korfos: Only two kilometres from town. Attracts mainly wind surfing enthusiasts, due to the frequency of good on-shore winds. Not suitable for swimming or sunbathing.
Agios Ioannis: Situated on the south-west coast of the island, 5 km from Mykonos Town, Agios Ioannis is fully organised, wind-protected beach, ideal for families. You can enjoy a wonderful view over the island of Delos.
Agios Sostis: On the north part of the island. Suitable for those who want to avoid crowds and enjoy calmness. One of the most secluded beaches on the island, since access is limited to private vehicle and taxi.
Ftelia: North facing beach, most suitable to windsurfers, since it is exposed to strong northern winds. There is a restaurant to serve the needs of those who visit and access to this beach can only be made by taxi or private vehicles.