Patara, Olu Deniz, Kaputas and Kalakan beaches
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Patara has 14.2 kms/9miles long of child-friendly, sandy beach backed only
by a small cluster of (not very exciting) ancient ruins and swooping dunes - with no buildings visible save
a small café at one end. Loungers and umbrellas available for
rent. No watersports or camping. The area is inexpensive and there's
a selection of low-key accommodation in nearby Patara town, with beach
commuter transport or a longish walk.
email from Norlin, UK:
Patara beach is huge and white sands and fabulous warm sea! There is a small charge for the beds and umbrellas but you don't have to have them. There is good clean facilities for toilets and showering and a bar for drinks and snacks which is not expensive. If you like being on beaches you would not go wrong here. In fact I think you would want to return again and again!
email from Blodwin52, UK:
Kaputas is a fantastic beach, incredible waves when we went. Only think is beware if you have small children as the beach shelves quite steeply and the waves can be really strong. Both myself and my youngest had a scarey moment where we thought we were in a tumble dryer!! However, I cannot recommend the beach highly enough - it is just lovely - make sure you go at end of day (after 4) as not so busy and the temperature is okay then. If you want somewhere to go on to eat from there, the Ada Restaurant further down from Kaputas has the best views ever. It is very basic but the fish is freshly caught (he brings you his catch in a bucket to choose) Our meal was fab and they cannot do enough for you (killing wasps with his bare hands!!!!) Reasonable price too as we found the restaurants in Kalkan were slightly rip off.
Kalkan is a hill town with
colourful restaurants and terraced bars overlooking the not particularly
attractive yacht marina, a small pebble beach and a couple of beach clubs around the bay.
Kalkan beach clubs offer varied watersports options including including banana boats, pedalos and giant trampolines in the water.They are a fair distance from upmarket hotels that occupy the hill above Kalkan, a 20 minute walk to town. Some hotels operate a collect and drop off service and others do free water taxis from the harbour where the town pebble beach is.
Deniz's main beach, Belecekiz.
Deniz is a very popular resort area, especially the main hillside town of Belecekiz,
which has crystal clear water and a long, mostly shingle (small
stones) beach curving away from the town promenade.
In addition to good value hotels in the main town, there are some
popular resort villages nearby, so the beach can get crowded.
The promenade by the town has plenty of bars, restaurants and cafés
and there are loads of umbrellas and loungers for hire, and a wide
range of water sports available.
Paragliding and Hangliding, solo or tandem, off the adjacent mountain
and landing on the beach are extremely popular, as is scuba diving.
Locals claim the season is all year round. No way, but the season is longer than Istanbul's.
Summer temperature averages 32C, winter 20C. It's 1hr 45 mins from Dalaman
The Blue Lagoon beach, Olu Deniz, voted best beach in the world by a German magazine.
Positive email from VBoro, UK: We were staying in OluDeniz and visited the Blue Lagoon twice and really enjoyed both visits. It costs 6 lira each to get in but the setting is fantastic and the lagoon itself is warm and sparklingy clear with shoals of very small fish around you. With no waves and more comfortable sand to stand on it's a superb for the less able swimmer such as us.
You could hire a boat if you wanted but not many people seemed to though i don't know how much that cost. The parts of the edge of the lagoon are slightly shaded by the trees which took the edge off the heat and made it more pleasurable if you don't like it too hot.
If you wanted some waves on the other side of the narrow strip of land is the sea and a good sized beach.
There were clean toilets and showers free to use and a cafe. The cafe was ok with a basic menu, but if you were going to eat i'd personally recommend taking your own sandwich along with you, there is a shop which makes them up to take away on the corner next to the bus station at the very edge of Olu Deniz on the way to the lagoon.
After reading about someone being bitten by insects we were well covered with repellant before we went and had no problem so i would recommend that as well just in case. All in all the lagoon gives you a chance for a relaxing few hours away from the hustle and bustle from the resort surrounded by fantastic scenery and is well worth a visit or two.
Negative email from 32swales, UK: We decided one day last week to visit the Lagoon with my 4yr old daughter.
We got a taxi down to the end of the car park which as people have said you need to pay 6lr each for entry into the lagoon.
Once at the end of the car park we walked to the end of the lagoon, which is quiet a walk with a small child and to be honest we got to the 'beach' and could of easily have turned round and gone back to the hotel!
The sun beds are cramped together, the stones are horrible and were scolding hot to walk on, thankgod I ought my daughter beach shoes!
Considering its surrounded by trees, there was no breeze, and it was scolding!
The toliets were filthy, and to top it all off the water was disgusting! Cigarette buts floating everywhere. we paid quite a bit for 2 sunbeds and a umberella, but only stayed an hour!
The surrounding area is beautiful, what you can see, but we were bitterly dissapointed!
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