Statistics show that in Cyprus there is certainly a preference for seaside holidays and both Cypriots and international holidaymakers are quick to stake out their piece of beach soon after breakfast and stay put like that for the best part of the morning. Some Cyprus beaches are popular with sport made people who favor certain beaches for surfing, beach cricket, volley ball, sand boarding and kite surfing, others select beaches like Makronissos Beach with lots of shallow water where the kids can paddle safely, while others head for the bikini beaches, sunglasses and binoculars where the younger set cavort and party throughout the day and into the evening.
Cyprus Beaches Each Have Something Unique to Offer
There are many fabulous bed and breakfasts, self catering apartments, resorts and hotels along the beaches in Cyprus. As you travel around the different beaches you get different experiences, and you will find that some beaches are far less commercial than others. Because of the splendid weather in Cyprus, the entire island is always in season. It is worth planning a trip to discover each ones unique character.
All Cyprus beaches provide beach lovers with the best sea experiences around and often these beaches have diverse environments around them. People can don their hiking shoes and hike along the coast and enjoy cliff top walks with magnificent sea views. Of course there are trendy restaurants, pubs and cafes along these beaches serving the freshest fish.
Cyprus beaches have so much to offer; long white beaches and unspoiled coastline . Add to this the host of other attractions Cyprus offers, and you begin to see why you need plenty of time on the island, and a few days on the brilliant beaches just serve to whet your appetite for a longer stay.
The Long Sandy Beaches of Limassol
The fact that Limassol is Cyprus' second largest city with a fascinating mix of old and new architecture and cultures with lots of tourists attractions makes it a hugely popular tourist destination. It draws people who love the long sandy beaches and the brights lights of the hotels that line them. The Wine Festival in September draws a huge crowd of revelers who gravitate towards the beaches in Cyprus for hours of care-free leisure. A very popular beach in Limassol is the blue flag Pissouri Bay beach, loved by those who enjoy all kinds of water sports.
Governor's Beach is known for its beautiful white cliffs set against the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Governor's Beach is about 30km east of Limassol but being a popular beach there is a bus service that runs there. There are some small hotels and restaurants at the beach and people with small children like it for its shallow waters and there is also the chance to go on a few attractive walks.
The Beaches of Paphos
Cyprus is geared up for tourism, and blue flag beaches are just one of the many guarantees offered to tourists that they are using a beach of outstanding quality. Paphos is particularly well known for its variety of fabulous blue flag beaches along the 50km of coastline. Cyprus beaches enjoy good weather all year round but the best time for the beaches is definitely from April to October, when the water temperatures are particularly pleasant.
Guests staying at the hotels along these beaches appreciate the fact that some of these beaches are very private and are almost used exclusively by the hotel guests. Cyprus beaches attract outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy sporting activities on clean and safe beaches. Coral Bay is a popular blue flag beach, known for water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. You can hire umbrellas and sun beds and settle down for a glorious day in the sun, confident in the fact that there are also lifeguards on duty during the swimming season. The beauty of Coral Bay Beach is that it can also be reached making use of public transport, and there are also plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants around the beach offering a variety of light, casual meals.
A Quiet Encounter with Nature
Cyprus beaches aren't all known for their crowds, there are many quieter beaches in Cyprus which attract people who want nothing more than to lie on their spot in the sun to attend to their holiday tans and to catch up on some reading. Nature lovers and those who cannot tolerate the crowds are drawn to Cyprus Beaches like Lara Bay, on Cyprus's north-west coast. Umbrellas and chairs are not allowed on this beach with good reason; the beach is home to green- and loggerhead turtles. Because the beach is more off the beaten track, it requires a 4x4 to get there, but for those looking for a close encounter with nature and a peaceful, undisturbed swim, Lara Beach in Paphos promises a time of inspiration.
Beaches in Cyprus don't get much better than the gorgeous Finikoudes Beach, a famous Larnaca blue flag beach. To cater for the crowds, everything has been laid on like showers, changing rooms, lifeguards, cafes, bars and access for the disabled. Wonderful palm trees and well maintained gardens add to the exotic atmosphere. The fact that the town's main shopping center is just behind the promenade just adds to the complete Cyprus beach experience of one of Larnaca's top beaches.
The Party Beaches of Ayia Napa
Not all beaches in Cyprus have lifeguards, but most of the blue flag beaches in Ayia Napa do. They also have other useful features which put the minds of visitors to the beaches at ease. Things like first aid stations, changing cubicles, umbrella and sunbed hire save visitors having to lug stuff onto the beach; its all there. The beaches of Ayia Napa are also linked by a picturesque coastal path, leading right through to Protaras and Pernera.
Nissi Beach is hugely popular and there is an island which you can walk to when the tide is low. Young people gravitate towards this beach because the Nissi Bay Beach Bar plays loud music, encouraging beach parties throughout the day and into the evening. Families and those looking for a quieter beach needn't be disappointed because there is a quieter side to Nissi Beach away from the crowds and music.
A Popular and Picturesque Beach in Protaras
Everybody knows the much loved Fig Tree Bay Beach of Protaras, but the reality is that there are many other fantastic and perhaps more secluded Cyprus beaches for which Protaras is known for. Apart from the popular but more secluded Kapparis- and Louma Beaches, Konnos Beach, at the bottom of a rocky climb is sheltered and has also been awarded blue flag status. This beach is particularly picturesque with its lovely clear turquoise waters being a top draw card. There are lifesavers on this beach too even though the sea is nearly always calm. There are also changing rooms, toilets and showers and you can hire umbrellas and loungers. This is the perfect beach to simply chill and watch others paragliding and taking part in other beach activities like jet skiing and sand boarding.
Heaps of Unspoiled Golden Beaches
There can be no doubt that the beaches in Cyprus are an outstanding destination for people who are drawn to the brilliant year round weather, the relaxed atmosphere and clean, safe beaches, making it an ideal getaway for those who want to lap up the sunshine on beaches which have been awarded for their excellence in terms of cleanliness, safety and useful and convenient amenities.