Super Paradise Beach and Paradise Beach
A wide view of Super Paradise. Great for gays but good for all.
We visited many beaches on the island and felt that the best Mykonos beach was either Super Paradise - even if you aren't gay - or Panormos on the north coast, though plain old Paradise beach, next to Super, is brilliant for young party animals (more below). The main beach facilities reside discreetly in the white building partly behind the trees in the photo while the little caique ferry that powers sun-seekers around is at the far end and some very attractive villas hang conveniently around.
Super Paradise is a short fat strand
of very coarse sand in a picturesque, rocky bay, with a steady onshore breeze
and slightly rough water. There are a couple of very pleasant bars/tavernas servicing
The beach is frequented mainly by young, fit travellers, many of them
gay. Package people are not in evidence!
parking area adjacent to Super Paradise beach bar/café.
Young heterosexual tourists may prefer the beach in the next bay, Paradise Beach, which is bigger, more youth-oriented, offers more outrageous bars and runs beach parties at night and occasionally in daytime too if the need is there. Super Paradise facilities are much less extensive; water sports don't seem to be on offer but the ambience is superb.
The ferry from
Super Paradise on its way back to town via various other beaches. Yes, it's reversing, for those with eagle eyes.
Super Paradise beach is 7 kms from Mikonos Hora and
requires personal transport, though it's a pretty drive. Alternatively there's a bumpy boat ride from the
town on this small caique, a typical Aegean fishing boat, photo above.
As usual on Greek islands driving a scooter is by far the cheapest and most convenient way to get around - until you fall off wearing T-shirt and flip-flops, you only have to do that once, the gravel rash will remain with you - so remember to bring your licence with you and read advice on safe driving in Greece.
The perfect little road for a scooter ride, Super Paradise is 7 kms from town, on the south coast.
Mikonos interior is unusually attractive - albeit arid - with well built dry stone
walls surrounding many properties, and houses plastered into melting
organic shapes reminiscent of Dali surrealism.
Locals seem to take a pride
in the appearance of their housing
that is not in evidence on other Greece islands. Or perhaps it's just
that they can afford it, having been coining it for a lot longer than
Paradise Beach, not to be confused with its smaller, gayer neighbour, Super Paradise. Next, Mykonos town or more Mykonos beaches.
Paradise is pretty comfortable with good, lively bars popular with young people, plentiful water sports facilities, trees on the beach, though the sand is a little coarse and the sea is quite exposed. At night Paradise turns into a wild beach party that frequently buzzes till dawn and offers special events such as Full Moon Parties. The parties end for the year with a manic Closing Down party in early September.
There's camping available behind the beach and a boisterous entertainment complex called Cavo Paradiso just up the hill.
Paradise is 6kms from town.
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