Want to know the best beaches in Mykonos? This is the guide for you!
This guide includes our favorite beaches in Mykonos for partying, relaxing, and water sports.
As Mykonos is quite windy, many of the beaches are more suited for sports than relaxing, and vice versa. This guide will help you find the best beaches in Mykonos for every type of traveler!
This a very commercialized beach and you won’t have any problems looking for accommodation, restaurants or facilities you will need to make your beach vacation fun!
It can get really crowded due to this, and you may reach this beach by bus or by car in around 10-20 minutes from Mykonoso Town, unless you choose to stay right in Ornos.
Despite the crowds, the place is well-maintained, and you will still see the clear waters and fine sand. I know some people would love to enjoy this place during the off-season so they won’t join in with the crowd of tourists, but remember that after the end of peak season (end of September), you might end up seeing plenty of closed restaurants and amenities. I went to Mykonos at the end of October and the place was practically a ghost town!
It is considered as one of the best family-friendly beaches near the town of Mykonos. Parents can relax while keeping an eye on their kids, as the shore doesn’t have areas that are suddenly deep. If you want to check out the public beach, it is quite small and there are some rocks beside the shore. Instead, most of the space is also filled with sun chairs with umbrellas for rent (around €15 or $17 USD, which is pretty much the standard rate on the entire island).
Kapari Beach welcomes you with golden sand and a tranquil environment that’s very easy to access from Mykonos town proper!
The color of the sea here has a unique blue hue and up close, it’s so pure that upon wading in, you can see your feet clearly.
You will surely enjoy the less crowded atmosphere, but this also translates to fewer facilities in the area – it is best to bring food, water and anything you would need.
The roads to get here can be quite a challenge, but the good thing about this beach is that you can still reach it by public transportation, and from where the bus stops, you just have to walk downhill to reach this quiet beach. It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for this walk, as it is a bit rocky.
Instead of sun chairs, you can lay down on some of the rocks beside the cliffs and just enjoy the sound of the soft waves (although sometimes the waves can be strong too) – truly a relaxing escape where you can be one with nature and have your Zen moment. Sometimes, there are even occasions when tourists can have the beach all to themselves — yes, even on Mykonos!
Agios Ioannis is a perfect beach to go to if you want a commercial feel but also to enjoy its quiet areas for some “me” time – perfect when you can’t decide or just want the best of both worlds!
This beach became popular because of the movie Shirley Valentine; that’s why it is sometimes called the Shirley Valentine Beach.
The prices for some of the restaurants and other facilities can be a bit expensive as compared to other beaches in Mykonos – but you still get beautiful scenes that would look good for the ‘gram.
You will even see a church (where they coined the name of the beach) that’s close to the beach! There are plenty of good hotels nearby and families will also enjoy staying here conveniently. The beach also lies close to the above-mentioned Ornos Beach, and it is a brief walk only between the two, in case you want to beach hop without worrying about public transportation.
This is probably the luxury beach of Mykonos; it has attracted several celebrities and has made a name for itself in this category.
Be careful when you visit, though. It can get too crowded during the summer season, and lying on the sunbeds and chairs can get really expensive (to rent one would cost you around €40 or $45 USD, and some even say that it can spike up to €75 or $84 USD).
However, there are several activities you can do here aside from renting a sunbed, so don’t be discouraged from going. A solution to those expensive sun chairs and beds would be to bring a beach towel and go to the central part of the beach (between the lifeguard stations) that area is 100% free!
Everything in the beach area is very organized so you won’t have a hassle going around. You can do some snorkeling or other water sports, but plenty of tourist’s love riding their yachts!
You will see plenty of these anchored near the shore, some private, but others ready to take tourists on a whirlwind adventure. These activities are perfect because the beach is secluded and it is not windy, so you don’t have to worry about big waves.
Despite the price range of the sun beds, it’s still worth your money to go here. You can get here from Mykonos Town by taking a bus. It is also just beside the lovely beach Platys Gialos, so might as well check it if you have time.
Paraga Beach is a good place to go to for that moment you just need to go to the beach – and that can be for no reason at all because this beach is very easy to reach!
It has beautiful crystal waters which Mykonos beaches are typically known for, and there are a few restaurants and bars where you can try some of the seafood, aperitifs, and cocktails they offer.
There’s even a nearby mini market which can really help you save some money if you don’t want to spend at their restaurants – but restaurant prices are pretty fair, so spend how you choose.
If you wish to get a sunchair here, the prices differ by row (prices are from €30-50 or $34-55 USD), and there’s plenty available. However, sometimes you would also need to purchase something from the restaurants where they’re located in addition to the fee, so this can add up.
Music is everywhere and if you love 90s music, then you will enjoy this beach — it has a bit of a low-key party vibe! It also lies somewhere between the Platys Gialos Beach and Psarou Beach, so it’s a good choice if you want to hit up more than one beach in a single day.
You can get to this beach easily by riding the bus from the Old Port that leaves once every two hours from 10 in the morning.
But to make things easier you can get a taxi and pay around €25 or somewhere around $28 USD. If you want to enjoy a Jeep Safari ride along with other beaches and tourist destinations, you can book here.
This beach became famous because it’s where Lindsay Lohan threw her famous Mykonos beach parties! However, while getting into Lindsay Lohan’s beach club used to be pretty much near impossible (it is now no longer open), you can actually lay down on the strip of sand between the two lifeguard towers for free — same as in all of Mykonos.
There are plenty of hotels and guest houses near the beach, but there aren’t any stand-alone restaurants, so it would be best to bring food and refreshments if you are just going for a day trip.
It is also one of the most well-maintained beaches, plus you will enjoy the sparkling clear waters and fine sand that feels so soft when you lay down. If you have brought your car or ATV with you, parking is actually free!
All of the beaches in Mykonos are beautiful, but this beach stands out because of its name. Honestly, it does live up to the word “paradise” in a modern way!
This beach is probably best for adults only and those who love to party – a younger crowd who just want to escape from the stresses of life. It is also very close to a popular night club. Loud party music starts mostly at around 4 PM, and you will see the beach spring to life!
There’s also plenty of restaurants and you can try the wine offered by waiters roaming around the beach for as low as €3+ (around $4 USD per glass). You will never run out of bar-hopping here, meaning that this probably not recommended for someone who wants a peaceful and relaxing day at the beach, although you can still enjoy taking a dip and wading by the shore.
Some say that the sunbeds and umbrellas are cheaper here – maybe because most of the people are partying somewhere and not so worried about their tans and beach chairs!
If you’re worried you won’t stay for the night, there are also some day bars. There’s free parking nearby, but it can be quite a problem to get a spot, so it’s best to just get private transfers, taxi, or go by bus because they’re available even up to the late evening (check exact departure times when you arrive to make sure you don’t miss the last bus, or you may have to pay for a pricy taxi ride home!)
This is around 7 kilometers from Mykonos town center, and you can get here by public bus from the old port or by taxi. It is also close to Platys Gialos Beach, and you can actually ride a boat from there to arrive at Super Paradise.
While this sounds like the ultimate paradise beach, this is actually the exact opposite of Paradise Beach, far away from the party scene. This is a quiet place with reasonably priced restaurants and sun chairs and beds (around €15 or $17 USD). There are also some bars if you feel like partying that day, but not like the ones at Paradise Beach!
There are free parking spaces available for those who drove to the beach – which is also just a short walk. For people who want less of a crowd, it won’t hurt going here during the off-season because you still enjoy the same experience.
There is, however a downside if you go during this time, the water can be a bit cold to swim, but still tolerable (I didn’t go for a swim in October, but others were — I’m a baby and hate even cool water, it needs to be almost bathtub warm!).
The shoreline of this beach is just wonderful, though it can be a little rocky so it would be best to wear protective beach shoes. To get here is a downhill adventure, and that is also one reason why not a lot of people go here.
Anyhow, it is still a beautiful treasure once you get past that. There can be occasional winds, which is fine but if you have kids with you, do not leave them unattended.
Despite being a little bit on the off the beaten path, you will still see sun loungers and beds for rent (you need to carry and return them from where you rented). A few restaurants are lined up on the side, so you don’t have to prepare food, which is very convenient – prices are also not too high even during the peak season.
Do not be surprised if you see people walking with no clothes carelessly, as this is one of the nudist beaches in Mykonos! There’s also a bar here and you can order a few drinks to enjoy the night.
The beach is a little underdeveloped which adds up to the remote vibe it gives all tourists. It is also close to Elia and is also one of the most gay-friendly Mykonos beaches with pretty decent accommodations.
Elia Beach has a long stretch of sand and is also another LGBT-friendly beach (aside from Agrari Beach which lies just next to this beach).
You can definitely get amazing photos from this beach due to the traditional Cycladic houses from the village uphill, and it has that quiet atmosphere. Plus you might just get this beach all for yourself to enjoy if you’re lucky and visit a bit off-season!
Prices of sun chairs and umbrellas can be a bit high, but you can always bring a towel – booking one online is highly recommended (ask your guesthouse how). It is better to wear closed water shoes because there are some rocks in the sand (aside from the big rocks by the shore) that can scratch you or even cut your foot if you’re unlucky. We’ll link to our favorite water shoes in the ‘what to pack’ section below.
Note that parking nearby can be a bit of a problem, but there is also another parking space uphill which has more room.
There are a couple of restaurants, and people say that most serve delicious Greek food. Lovely and relaxing jazz music is played in most of the areas, which truly improves the already great ambiance in this beach.
You can also enjoy some of the water sports available for a more adventurous experience. This beach can be busy and crowded at times, so it is always best to have this expectation if you plan on going here, but everything is fully organized so it makes it less hassle.
Just like other beaches in Mykonos, the sunbeds and chairs here have tiers they call rows, and each row has a different price.
The prices can range from €40-100 which is around $45-110 USD – these rates are high, even for Mykonos! The beds and chairs do not have a sign, so just be careful not to just sit or lay on them, as you might end up getting charged.
Aside from the wonderful view of the sparkling sea, you will also hear soothing music played.
There is a unique beach club nearby named Scorpios, which is worth a visit, but there are also other beach clubs by the beach that make the Riviera look stylish, with lovely cabanas and decks.
The shore is shallow but it has rocks that you need to watch out for (again, bring those closed-toe water shoes; they may not be sexy, but nor is getting stitches!).
There’s valet parking here, but it is just on the other side of the road which is really convenient, but they do leave the keys in your car so it isn’t really recommended, even though in general Mykonos is really safe (it’s also an added €10 or $11 USD).
A visit to this beach won’t be complete unless you try the Agia Anna Beach Bar & Restaurant which has been there for almost 30 years!
This is possibly one of the most charming and dramatic beaches in Mykonos, due to the view of the quaint fishing village stretching out on the beach.
Do not expect fine sand here (because it’s left untouched and no one rakes the sand) since there are tiny pebbles, but it’s good thing that they’re not sharp rocks. This is only around 13 kilomters from the center of Mykonos and you can get there by riding a bus from Fabrika with a bus to Ano Mera, then from here, you can ride another bus going to Kalafati.
You will see some taverns here where you can try their local fish dishes to get a more in-depth look at Mykonos’ local food. It is also another beautiful but remote location on the entire island.
You will also see a small village here from the shore, and it adds a charming authentic Greek background as you take a dip in the chilly waters.
A magical view awaits you during sunset and you need to see how it looks; it seems as if the oranges are bleeding towards the blue waters and the long stretch of sand just looks so sparkly. This is probably one of the best candidates for the best shoreline in the entire island!
Kalafati or sometimes also known as Kalafatis Beach, is an easily accessible beach by public bus (take bus #2 from the city center) that offers a peaceful beach with fine sand — walking barefoot won’t be an issue here.
The crystal-clear water retains its wild natural beauty due to a smaller number of people visiting this beach. You may rent some sun loungers and umbrellas, but most are free if you purchase anything on the beach restaurant and bars.
There are also some inflatable tubes you can rent for a more fun water activity, aside from some other water sports available. If you want to experience snorkeling and diving, you may check the huts that offer rentals.
Plenty of shade from trees helps you enjoy the views at noon, when the sun can be scorching hot. It can be very windy sometimes as well!
This is still one of the best beaches in Mykonos to choose if you plan on having a relaxing beach vacation that’s perfect for some quality time with your special someone or family.
If you want to just have a nice tranquil place to enjoy the views and pristine waters of the sea, then you have to visit Lia Beach.
It is one of the highly recommended beaches in Mykonos with a remote feel, but it is truly very convenient due to some of the available amenities. People rave about the quality of food served in the restaurants, plus the bathrooms are immaculately clean. The location can be a bit windy, but most of the time the waters are calm and you will definitely enjoy it.
This is not the beach to go to if you want a party vibe. Sun loungers and beds are a little bit on the mid-range price (which is pretty normal on the island).
Taking a dip in the cold water just refreshes you, especially during the summer season. If you plan on driving a rented car to this beach, be ready for an adventure; the roads can be a little narrow and you will surely need to be more careful when driving. It would be best to have a private transfer so that you can have a hassle-free trip.
Fokos Beach is a very secluded Mykonos beach with a long stretch of fine sand (somewhat pebbly too, but not sharp rocks).
The roads leading you to this hidden gem is just amazing – you will go past a reservoir with thousands of birds! It is truly worth the adventure and you won’t expect a crowd here, just all of the virgin and pure shores it could give you.
You won’t be able to get here without a car – so it would be best to rent one. You also don’t have to worry about getting lost, as plenty of street signs will lead you there, despite its offbeat status.
Since the location is remote, you won’t see any loungers or sunbeds here but there is one tavern where you can enjoy the local fish and seafood dishes – there are a few chairs and a good view.
It is recommended to bring an umbrella or parasol with you because there aren’t any shaded areas that can keep you away from the sun while at the beach. There can be some waves and the water have some areas that are quite deep, so it is best to keep an eye on any kids (as you should anyway!) but overall it is a pleasantly wonderful off the beaten path escape.
If you still have time, try to check the beach nearby, Mersini Beach – you won’t regret it!
The best part about going to this beach in Mykonos is enjoying the unspoiled beauty it showcases in the northern central part of the island.
The roads leading to this remarkable beach can be rough and a little dusty. Driving a car is the only option, and you can park at the end of the beach. You will not see any sun chairs or umbrellas – so it’s best to bring one with you. You need to keep an eye on the sharp rocks by the shore (and bring water shoes!) and you might see some small pools with tiny fishes.
You will only see locals and maybe a few other tourists here, and you have to bring your own food and refreshments – preparing for a picnic sounds pretty awesome here, especially while some local kids fly their handmade kites in the background.
There is a restaurant here, but the prices are quite expensive and not a lot of dishes are on offer. Be ready to take some gorgeous photos because the views are to die for!
You can take a seat and enjoy the views on their sandbag chairs by the shore – their own version of the bean bag chairs! There are a few sun chairs and loungers in the public area, nothing fancy, and the only thing missing are umbrellas. If you are looking for something fancy, though, then check out the private beach club nearby.
Not to be confused with the Megali Ammos beach for which Skiathos, another Greek island is famous for, this beautiful Mykonos Beach is well worth a visit.
This beach is located within walking distance of Mykonos Town. It’s quiet and relaxed, with plenty of restaurants around for when you get peckish. There are sunbeds which can be had for 20 euros a chair, or you can simply lay out a towel on the free portion of the beach.
There are two sides of this beach and one is the public area and the other would be the private area (Principote). You also can’t just go to the private areas because security personnel are scattered everywhere!
Sun beds and loungers can be fully-booked during high season so it’s best to bring towels and umbrellas with you. Another thing to keep in mind during high season, the place can be crowded and loud music can be heard – this is not something recommended if you are looking for the slightly peaceful ambiance that they have during offseason.
However, it is probably not good to visit this beach around the end of June due to the strong winds that hit its location; it would be perfect for some water sports but there’s none on this beach.
Prices are a little bit on the higher end, but it’s all worth it because the sand and the beach area is well-maintained and super clean. If you have brought your car, you may opt for valet parking as well as free parking.
Another candidate for the best unspoiled beach on Mykonos, Agios Sostis has a short stretch of sand with a few sharp rocks once you step into the waters, so it is important to be very careful.
It is a very quiet beach with a few locals selling yummy Nutella-filled donuts (must try!) and ice-cold drinks walking around. You also won’t find any sunbeds here, so it would be best to bring a towel and umbrella.
It is only accessible by car and you won’t see many people here, especially during off-season, it may look a little deserted – but after the crowds of many other Mykonos beaches, that may be just what you’re looking for!
This is the perfect laid-back destination and you can also check out the traditional taverna before you reach the beach for some delicious food.
Some people love going there early to enjoy the fresh morning ambiance, but opting to stay till sunset will bring you majestic hues from the sun setting down (oranges and yellows that reflect in the emerald water).
Also, do not be surprised that there is no proper road going down to where this beach is. For a perfect picnic lunch, you can climb uphill (be ready to overcome the huge red rocks) so you can have a nice view as you enjoy your meal!
Just next to Troulos and the new port, Agios Stefanos will truly give you a charming old town vibe with the signature crystal clear beaches with a small church on top of the hill. The ferries in here also add a picturesque scene for tourists.
Umbrellas and sun loungers are fairly priced, and they already come in a bundle when you rent. The beach can be quite small but it is just perfect since it is not overly crowded, but you might see a cat or two trying to mingle with people – they can be really cute so you can’t resist petting them – Greek cats are so friendly!
You may also try some of their restaurants and bars, plus there’s also plenty of hotels and rooms for rent in the area. If you want a nice place to drink some beer, you can check out the Irish tavern on the road before you reach the beach – it serves one of the best local beers you can try ice cold. While the food on the beach is decent, you’re better off climbing the stairs to the delicious Limnios Tavern located in the upper part of Agios Stefanos – my meal there was so good I ate there three nights in a row!
A large public area is also available and you can just lay there for free and nobody would care. Getting here is pretty easy with the bus or water-taxi from the port, and right at the stop before you enter the beach, you can see several mini-markets for some last-minute groceries for a beachside picnic.
I’ve saved one of the most famous and loved beaches in Mykonos for last!
This beach has different prices offered for its amenities during off and peak season, with the latter having high prices of course (but still at reasonable prices compared to other beaches).
Aside from the usual ways to get to this beach, you can also ride a water taxi (travels hourly) for a few Euros (around €10 or $11 USD).
Most of the areas on the beach are owned by the restaurants, bars and hotels, but there is still a small area for the public. There’s also a small supermarket where you can buy something a little cheaper, rather than getting them at one of the restaurants. Do check the prices before you purchase them because there are a few establishments with overpriced items – you may also ask just to be sure.
Some areas have loud music playing with DJ’s mixing out some music but there are still some areas that are somewhat quiet.
Once you get into the water, there are a few rocks but not really something that will require you to wear water shoes.
One thing that people loved so much here, aside from the views and the sea, is the quality of service the locals give the tourists here without breaking the budget.
Where to Stay in Mykonos
Budget: If you’re looking for the best place to stay on a budget in Mykonos, I strongly suggest Mama’s Pension in Agios Stefanos (it’s also right next to Limnios Tavern, the best taverna on the island…). The owner, Christina, is so friendly and lovely. She picked me up at the port, sat and had coffee and a chat with me each morning, and was a wonderful resource about Mykonos.
My room was also stunning, well-equipped with everything you’d need and super spacious with a gorgeous sunset view over the sea! It’s a 5 minute walk from the chilled out Agios Stefanos beach, you can walk to Mykonos Town in about 40 minutes, or there’s a bus a few blocks away that’ll take you to the Old Port in about 10 minutes flat. Because of their stellar reputation, they’re often booked up, so reserve your spot well in advance in the high season. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Mid-Range: For chilled-out bliss overlooking Mykonos Town and harbor with a phenomenal view, check out Bellou Suites. They have minimalist decor utilizing plenty of bright white, natural light, wood tones, and stone elements, giving everything a desert-chic vibe.
They have a variety of room types – from doubles with a balcony overlooking to sea to apartments with a kitchenette – perfect for every type of traveler. With sunset views, lovely design, and an affordable price, Bellou Suites is a great option for the stylish traveler with a mid-range budget. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Luxury: Cavo Tagoo is easily Mykonos’ most Instagrammable and stylish hotel, with every feature seemingly thought out for both comfort and photogenicity.
The insane infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean is one of its best features, but the truly dedicated Instagrammers amongst us won’t settle for less than its cave pool suite, pictured above. Whether you get a more standard room or splurge on the cave pool suite, you won’t be disappointed with the 5* service and infinite photographability. Check prices, availability, and guest reviews here.
Want to Rent a Car for Mykonos?
While not all Mykonos beaches require a car, if you’re staying far from Mykonos Town (Chora) for the local bus station or you want to tour the island independently without going on a guided tour, a rental car may come in handy!
We’ve rented cars dozens of times in the Balkans through various search engines and have settled on Discover Cars as the best car rental search engine – it searches over 500 trusted rental companies to find the cheapest price for your rental! Compare prices for car rental in Mykonos here.
What to Bring to Mykonos
If you’re planning a trip to Greece, you’ll want to pack all the normal essentials, but here are a few things we strongly recommend bringing that may not have crossed your mind. For more packing tips, check out our complete Greece packing list.
– A physical guidebook, in paper or on Kindle. We love Lonely Planet Greece for this region and strongly recommend it to supplement blogs. Blogs are great, but a combination of a blog and a guidebook is key to having the best access to information easily at your fingertips.
– A water bottle with a filter. While often, the tap water in Greece is drinkable, there are places where it isn’t, including some popular tourist destinations like Santorini and Mykonos.
We generally recommend using a water bottle with a purifying filter to reduce your plastic consumption and ensure you won’t drink any funny-tasting water on your stomach that could make your trip unpleasant!
We recommend the GRAYL water bottle – it filters water perfectly in an instant so that you can even drink from lakes, bad taps, etc.
– Motion sickness pills. Very necessary if you’ll be taking a ferry! The ferries in the Mediterranean can be quite choppy. If you have a weak stomach as we do, save yourself and bring some non-drowsy motion sickness pills.
– Travel safety items. We think Greece is very safe to travel, but at the same time, it never hurts to be prepared! Mykonos is rather safe, but is not immune from pickpockets, so be cautious (this goes double if you plan to go to Athens – the metro is notorious for its pickpockets, and a travel blogger friend of ours got his phone stolen on it!). Some people like to carry money belts, but neither Stephanie or I use these. Instead, we both carry the same PacSafe anti-theft backpack.
It has locking zippers, slash-proof construction with metal mesh hidden in the fabric, and tons of other smart security features — all while being cute and stylish enough to be our everyday bag. We recommend it highly for both male and female travelers, as it’s neutral enough to be unisex. We also strongly recommend travel insurance! Our recommendation is at the bottom of the post.
More Mykonos & Greece Travel Resources
Headed to Greece? We have some great travel resources to help you with your trip. First read our guide to planning a trip to Greece, which covers visas, budgets, vaccines, and much more. Next, you’ll want to read our all-season Greece packing list.
Since you’ll be on Mykonos, you’ll likely also want to visit Delos. Here’s our guide on how to do a Delos day trip easily and hassle-free! We also have our Mykonos Instagram guide (and some Mykonos quotes you can use as captions!) and our Mykonos itinerary.
If you are still trying to figure out your Greece itinerary, check out our guides on where to go in Greece, the best places for island hopping in Greece, and when is the best time to visit.
Many people combine a trip to Athens with a trip to Mykonos. Check out our Athens Instagram guide, the best Athens day trips, and our complete Athens hotel guide. We also have Athens safety tips so your trip can be hassle-free. We are currently working on our mega-post of things to do in Athens as well as our itineraries, so stay tuned!
We publish new content about the Balkans almost every day! For more information about traveling to Greece and the Balkans, bookmark our Greece and Balkan travel pages so you can find out what’s new before your trip.
Finally, Make Sure You Come to Greece with Travel Insurance!
I’m sure you’re aware that it’s a good idea to have travel insurance for traveling in Greece, the Balkans, or anywhere in the world!
Stephanie and I have both been paying customers of World Nomads for the last three years. We love the peace of mind it gives us in case of emergencies, accidents, illnesses, theft, or trip cancellation or disruption. While Greece is safe, there’s always a risk inherent in everyday travel like theft or injury, so it’s better to play it safe.
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Originally from California, Allison has been living in Bulgaria for the last two years and is obsessed with traveling around the Balkans. She has been published in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, Matador Network, and the Huffington Post. She loves befriending dogs, drinking coffee, geeking out about wine, and cooking food from around the world.