Beaches in Northern Cyprus
If you want secluded and pristine beaches far from the madding tourist crowd, Northern Cyprus is the place to go. Apart from the fantastic weather, the beaches are largely untouched and have retained far more of their original character than in other tourist hotspots we could mention. No crowds, just the Mediterranean Sea and the famous turtles nesting throughout the summer months.
The beaches along the Northern Cyprus coast are a multitude of craggy rocks that hide sandy coves ideal for a boat trip or lunch in a secluded place.
Those on the Karpas Peninsular are even more secluded - and therefore emptier. The public beach at Yeni Erenkoy has showers and a restaurant and the Karpaz Beach up the road is great for stronger swimmers who like picturesque rocky bays.
The southern coastline also has many beaches but they are not easily accessible and have no facilities. The main attraction is the Golden Sands which is surrounded by enormous sand dunes and populated by Northern Cyprus breeding sea turtles. A great place to visit, but don't disturb the turtles, they are protected.
If you'd rather have a beach closer to your hotel, the coastline west of Kyrenia offers plenty of choice. The Denizkizi beach officially belongs to the hotel of the same name but for a small fee you can take a dip in its sheltered bay.
To the east of Kyrenia the beaches stretch all the way down to the donkeys on the Karpas Peninsular. Enjoy the Acapulco Beach (again for a small fee) and the Escape Beach Club. Both have bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Lara Beach is great for kids with its fascinating rockpools in the sand. Alagadi beach is beautiful with a backdrop of the Five Finger Mountains and is one of those beaches where the turtles come to rest.