Beaches for your Cyprus holidays: Beaches are a principal attraction in North Cyprus, and vary widely in character from the busy hotel beaches, which offer many facilities, to the secluded stretches of sand in the Karpaz, where the visitor may have an entire beach to himself. Some of the beaches are unfortunately spoilt by accumulations of garbage: visitors are urged to take their rubbish away with them. A tip: tar may be removed from clothes or the skin by rubbing gently with olive oil. Take a small bottle with you to the beach. Do not forget to use sun-screen lotion – after 20 minutes under the summer sun, you will begin to burn. Most of the North Cyprus hotels have their own beach.
Water sports are available on some beaches, in west of Kyrenia, where Dolphin Sailing, which is recognized by the Royal Yacht Club, offers a wide range of water sports with professional tuition and supervision. In general, the beaches associated with hotels are kept clean and provide facilities such as toilets, deck chairs, parasols, bars and restaurants. Entrance tees vary. The visitor is encouraged to explore for himself, but as a guide, a few beaches are listed below.
Alagadi Beach is still further east, about 10 miles from Kyrenia. A hundred yards or so past St. Kathleen`s restaurant is a small bridge. Immediately after the bridge, a rough track bears left, leading past a farm and through the dunes to a large, sweeping double bay. There are no facilities, so bring your own refreshments, including water, and avoid leaving litter.
Sunset Beach is located about 5 miles to the west of Kyrenia, past the sloping concrete monument beyond KaraoglanogIu. It is adjacent to the Altinkaya fish restaurant. The sandy beach is well protected and ideal for tiny tots. Toilets and showers are available, and there is a bar and restaurant.
Camelot Beach is located about 2 kilometres from the resort.
Denizkizi Beach / Golden Bay Beach is situated about seven miles west of Kyrenia and only 2km away from Riverside Holiday Village. This sheltered bay is kept clean, and offers a variety of water sports (see Dolphin Sailing above) including windsurfing, parascending, water skiing, and inflatable fun rafts for smaller children. Deck chairs are available for hire, and there are also toilet and shower facilities.
Escape Beach is around 3km away from Riverside Garden Resort.
Mare Monte hotel beach lies some 10 miles west of Kyrenia, and provides all the facilities the visitor requires. An excellent location, but the entrance fee is higher than elsewhere. This beach is only 2km / 20 minutes walking distance from Riverside.