North Cyprus beaches
At some time on your holiday your holiday you will want to visit a beach, one of North Cyprus’ main attractions. Whatever you are looking for, that quite deserted cove, long stretches of sand or watersports, its here. Unfortunately some of the beaches are spoiled by an accumulation of rubbish, but look around and you will find the most delightful spots. Many of the hotels have private beaches which are open to non-residents; they usually charge a small fee but offer many facilities and are generally much cleaner.
Don’t forget the sunscreen; the summer sun will burn in no time at all and drink plenty of water. Some of the beaches are rocky and the sand gets very hot, bring some sea shoes they are an absolute boon.
Escape Beach is located to the East of Riverside on the road to Kyrenia. The monument commemorating the 1974 landing stands above the beach. It is next to a good fish restaurant, Altinkaya . The sandy beach is safe and ideal for children of all ages. There are shower facilities and also a bar and restaurant. The Riverside courtesy bus will drop you off there. After dark it’s the place to party.
Sunset Beach is another great place; it’s a rocky beach but has decking. The free bus will pick you up about 10.30 and take you to your day of fun. Sunbeds and showers are free but there is a charge for activities such as jet skis, banana boat and paintball.
Deniz Kizi has a sandy beach which is sheltered and clean and offers a wide range of watersports for all ages. There are deck chairs and sun beds for hire and also shower and toilet facilities. You can take the riverside bus to this beach every day at 10:30 and home again later (about 3.30).
Alagadi is situated about 10km to the east of Kyrenia, a hundred yards or so past St. Kathleen`s restaurant you will see the turning. This is a wonderfully quiet beach with just a small café where you can hire an umbrella but there are no activities. This is a turtle beach where the turtles are monitored very carefully by groups of students and because of this the beach closes at 8 o’clock. You can visit the nearby “Turtle Project” where they show videos of the turtles and have a lot of information.
The Karpas or “the pan handle” is quite a drive from Riverside but it worth it for the miles of beautiful sandy beaches which you may find you have to yourselves. While you are there visit the monastery, see the donkeys or possibly a turtle and, in spring, the abundance of wild flowers. There are plenty of places to visit on the way, perhaps the monastery of St Barnabus or the fishing village of Bogaz. There are hotels if you want to stay the night or maybe you would be interested in a hut on the beach. You need to take your passport and although they have electricity now I would suggest a torch.
Fishing – most of the beaches in Northern Cyprus are suitable for fishing. Fishing off the rocks, a jetty or the beach can be a wonderful and relaxing way to spend a day or two. There are many fish to be found in the waters around the island and depending on the time of year you can catch mullet, mackerel, bream and many more. Fishing tackle can be hired in Kyrenia harbour.