Paradise Beach#4 in Best Things To Do in Mykonos
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Many people flock to Mykonos for two reasons: beaches and parties. A trip to the southern coast and Paradise Beach – Mykonos' original nudist beach – will kill two birds with one stone. Soft sands, azure seas and a rowdy atmosphere have made Paradise one of the most popular places on the island. Paradise has become more developed over the past few years and now features a nearby strip of resort hotels, restaurants and beloved carousing spots like the Tropicana Club and Cavo Paradiso. The party scene at the nearby Super Paradise Beach attracts barely clothed bathers and a large portion of Mykonos' LGBT community, though some visitors find its amenities and cocktail bars to be rather pricey. Past visitors also reported paying between 20 and 25 euros (or about $22 to $28) for a beach lounge chair and umbrella. Others noted that the party starts to get going in the late afternoon, so plan a morning visit if you want to enjoy the sand in peace.
Paradise Beach sits about 2 miles south of Chora and can be reached on foot, by boat or by bus (there is a bus stop within walking distance of the beach). The beach is open 24/7 and you don't have to pay to lounge. However, you may want to bring some euros with you just in case your glass runs dry or if you want to relax in a beach chair.
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#1 Little Venice
This Chora neighborhood is known as one of the most stunning places on the island. Overlooking the southwest end of the harbor, it was here that many early ship captains decided to settle down and built uniquely magnificent homes overlooking the sea. Today, many of these historic homes have been transformed into a variety of cozy restaurants, trendy bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day.
Recent visitors offered mixed reviews for Little Venice. Some described it as a beautiful place to relax with a drink, especially at sunset. However, other travelers said it's overpriced and crowded, especially when the cruise ships are docked. If you do visit, plan to stop by the windmills for even more photo ops as the two sightseeing hot spots are within walking distance of each other. The area is free to peruse, though you'll want to have euros on hand should a drink, snack or trinket catch your eye.
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