Some of the best beaches in North Cyprus are private which means you pay to get on them but then have the use of loungers/umbrellas and toilet/shower facilities. These beaches tend to be well looked after (usually) and also have restaurants or snack bars. We’ve selected some of our favourites to share with you: –
Deniz Kizi (main picture)
This beach at the Deniz Kizi Hotel is located on the main Lapta to Girne road, just after the second Starling supermarket (and Mardo’s Icecream). It costs a small amount to use the pool and beach or just 6 YTL for the beach. The beach sits in a sheltered cove and can get quite warm but the sea is beautifully clear and calm most of the time.
You can park right next to the beach and there’s also a PADI Dive Centre on site (National Geographic). Restaurant-wise, there’s a beach side restaurant serving kebabs etc but we would recommend you use the restaurant a little further along (on the Golden Sands part of the beach) as this offers a wider menu and much better quality of food such as vegetarian mezze, chicken shish pittas, omelettes and fresh salads.
The LA Hotel has a lovely infinity pool overlooking the sandy beach and you can use both for 10YTL for the day. You can’t miss this hotel, it’s the pink one on the Lapta strip, a few minutes drive from our apartments or a fifteen minute walk. The beach itself is clean and the snack bar offers a choice of sandwiches, omelettes and pizzas. The shower facilities are a bit limited but there’s plenty of parking. The bit we really like though is that this place is usually quite quiet, particularly at weekends when other beaches tend to get busy.
Acapulco Beach Club & Resort
This one is a bit of a trek but worth the drive if you spend the whole day there. It’s about 10 km East of Kyrenia, heading towards Essentepe. There’s a long, sandy beach on which you’ll find plenty of padded loungers and umbrellas. There’s also a large pool, plus another area with large water slides- by no means an aqua park but probably the nearest thing North Cyprus has to one! We can recommend the hotel for spa treatments too, especially the oxygen facial! This resort gets very busy at weekends so the best time to go is during the week.
It’s possible to get into the sea a short distance from The Pines, but this is very rocky and not always safe, especially when the sea is a bit choppy. We have recently been told though that there is a very small cove you can use – there are private steps down to it from a house which you can’t use but otherwise the beach/cove is public. To get to it just turn left out of the Pines and head towards Emerald Bay apartments in front of us – follow the road to the right and the cove/beach is just down there apparently.
Alagadi (Turtle Beach)
This public beach gets busy at the weekend with locals but during the week you shouldn’t find it crowded. There are two entrances to the beach – the first takes you through the village and past the Turtle Project whilst the second entrance about half a mile further along brings you to a large car park and restaurant area.
This beach is famous for its turtles – both Loggerhead and Green – that come ashore every summer from about May to August to lay their eggs. Along the beach you’ll see protective domes which cover these precious nests. Throughout the summer it’s well worth a visit to the beach just to see the little fledgling turtles being released.
The details are correct as at June 2016 and are the views expressed by the editor. We’d love to hear from you about your own favourite beaches or hideaways – fill in the Contact Us form and let us know.