13 Best Beaches in Cyprus

Cyprus is a beautiful island located on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coasts of Syria to the west and Turkey to the north.  It is the third largest island in the Mediterranean, and is a very popular tourist destination.

The beaches in Cyprus are among the most amazing ones in the world, and people from all over come to visit them.  The island itself is an ancient one, with known human activity that dates back to the 10th millennium BC.

Whether you are traveling with your young family or wanting to scuba dive, surf, sail or anything other water sport, you will easily be able to find that perfect spot for you.

Below is a partial list of some of the best beaches in Cyprus for you to visit while enjoying your stay at this little gem in the Mediterranean.

The Best Beaches in Cyprus

1. Finikoudes

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Which means Palm Trees in Greek, is certainly one of the best beaches in Cyprus. As the name implies, it is lined with magnificent palm trees that provide some wonderful shade.

As the main beach at the town of Larnaca, it is the main attraction for everyone wanting to play in the water and just have a great time. The water is shallow along the golden sandy beach, which makes it perfect for swimming even for the smallest of children.

2. McKenzie Beach

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This is another one of the beaches in Cyprus that is near Larnaca and is very popular with the local residents as well as tourists. The beautiful white sand and turquoise water make this a picture-postcard place you will want to see.

Like Finikoudes, the sea is shallow for a ways out so is perfect for swimming and wading in for people of all ages to safely enjoy.  Out further is ideal for all of the windsurfing, water skiing, diving and so much more that everyone can enjoy the beautiful sea.

3. Faros Beach

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This is one of the Cyprus beaches that is more isolated and perfect for anyone wanting a quieter place to enjoy the sea. It is located near a lighthouse in the Pervolia Village near Larnaca, just off Cape Kiti. The surroundings of this small beach are beautiful.

In the sea there is a natural barrier, which makes this a very calm place for everyone to swim and play, while further out is great for jet skis, water skiing, paddle boarding or many other such sports.  Equipment can be rented so all can take part.

A beach bar is there where you can get something to eat, as well as a drink to sip on while you stroll along the edge of this beautiful cape shore.  This is one of the most ideal beaches in Cyprus to relax and unwind.

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4. Kourion Beach

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This is one of the most popular Cyprus beaches on the island. Located between Paphos and Limassol, it has a beautiful shoreline comprised of gray-green sand and crystal clear water. On a windy day, the waves can make for a great day of surfing.

Hang gliding, paddle boarding diving and snorkeling are among some of the many water sports that can also be enjoyed here.  Closer to shore it is a perfect place for swimming and wading for even the youngest of kids. One of the more famous Cyprus attractions here is the amazing Greco-Roman Amphitheatre that overlooks the beach.

5. Pissouri Bay

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This is one of the best beaches in Cyprus where you can enjoy so many different things. Located in the Limassol district, it is only a short distance from the village of Pissouri. Here you can visit many shops and restaurants where you will get a real taste of the culture of the island.  Nearby is one of the famous Cyprus attractions, Aphrodite’s birthplace and the beautiful resort of Aphrodite Hills.

The beach itself is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ones to be found anywhere, where you can just rest and recharge or go scuba diving, snorkeling or take on one of the many other water sports.  This is a Blue Flag beach, so you can be sure it is one of the cleanest and most accommodating beaches in Cyprus.

6. Governor’s Beach

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This is one of the best beaches in Cyprus for divers and snorkelers. Rocks along this area make it the perfect spot to find all kinds of amazing marine life. It is also a prime spot to do some deep sea fishing, and one of the local guides will be happy to take you and your friends or family to the best location for either diving or fishing.

The beautiful sandy beach with its shallow water makes this an ideal place to enjoy some sunbathing and playing in the crystal clear waters.

7. Petra Tou Romiou

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Also known as Aphrodite beach, is one of the most famous beaches in Cyprus. It is said that this is where Aphrodite “arose from the sea”, making it the mythical birthplace for the lovely Greek Goddess of love and beauty.

This has make it one of the best beaches in Cyprus for that perfect wedding and most romantic honeymoon you could imagine.  It is located east of Paphos Town, where you can get many souvenirs and gifts, and any last-minute item you may need for that very special day.

8. Coral Bay Beach

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This is one of the amazing Cyprus beaches in the Paphos District. It is a horseshoe shaped bay not far from the town of Paphos, and has other villas nearby to visit and pick up those special souvenirs.

It is one of the many Blue Flag beaches in Cyprus, so you know it is very clean and has all of the facilities you would need to make it the perfect place to relax.

9. Lara Beach

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This is one of the best beaches in Cyprus if you enjoy rugged landscape that surrounds a more secluded bay. It is located on the west coast of the island in Latchi.

Also known as Lara Beach and Turtle Beach, it is one of the more popular Cyprus attractions because endangered loggerhead and green turtles lay their eggs here.  You may get the chance to see these turtles lumbering onto the shore looking for a place to nest, or if you are really lucky you will be there when the babies begin hatching and make their frantic scramble to the sea.

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10. Nissi Beach

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This is one of the most popular of the many Cyprus beaches in Ayia Napa. Many people from all over the world visit this beach every year. The magnificent soft sand and beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean are a perfect combination for that one-of-a-kind vacation.

This amazing beach is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as swimming, sailing and all sorts of water sports.  A short ways off shore is a tiny island that many people love to swim out to.

11. Fig Tree Bay

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This is one of the most popular of the Cyprus beaches in the Protaras region. Protaras is a beautiful resort on the southeastern coast of the island, and several beaches are located along this stretch of coastline.

The scenery in and around the bay is spectacular and very serene.  The beach is very popular with families and anyone wanting a great place to swim and play in shallow waters.

12. Konnon Bay

This is another one of the Cyprus beaches that are along the Protaras coastline. It is the most secluded of these beaches, making it the perfect get-away for anyone wanting to avoid the crowds.

The beach is a beautiful soft golden sand that is ideal for sunbathing and watching the spectacular sunset with your favorite tropical drink in hand.

13. Ayios Georgios Beach

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This is one of the Cyprus beaches that are located in the Paphos District of the island. It has a beautiful, quaint little harbor where you can dock your boat if you have one, or you can find guides that will take you out sailing or fishing.

You can also find those that know the perfect place to scuba dive and see all of the many spectacular varieties of marine life that make this part of the Mediterranean their home.