Μύκονος Greece, as it’s known locally, holds the top spot for our World’s Best Party Beach! The wonderful thing about this place is almost everyone wants to visit Greece at some point in their lives, and the history surrounding these islands is a part of everyone on the planet. Blessed with great weather, clear blue water, fantastic Mykonos Beaches, and architecture that is unmistakable, Mykonos is a prime destination for tourists. And right near the beach are some of the best night clubs on earth. But before we take you there, make sure you check out costs of a vacation here. There are a great many guides written on how to make your stay in Mykonos, and visit awesome places like Delos, a storybook adventure.
Mykonos, Greece does have it wrapped up when it comes to party beaches. If you love partying, you must get to Mykonos. What gave Mykonos the honor? The beach bars.
What else makes Mykonos the Best Party Beach? The friendly locals; the minute you arrive on Mykonos, you’re made to feel welcome. Locals are so hospitable that they go out of their way to make you feel accepted. We all have experienced the horror stories of arriving at a beautiful destination only to find out that the people don’t really care if you’re there. That won’t happen on Mykonos.
Paradise Beach Bar is where you will find everything happening. The bar is centrally located on the beach and surrounded by trees and sand. Tables are placed throughout the property so you can gather and watch, or join in at any time. And partying starts early. Take the local bus from your hotel, or catch a cab, and find your spot around early afternoon. Many use the morning to lay out at the beach. By 2 PM, the partying starts and doesn’t let up until early morning.
Why go to Mykonos? It is breathtaking. It’s cosmopolitan – where hip and historical come together. And watch out; the Greek vistas have you coming back for more. Think right now where you’re at – sitting in front of a computer, reading about partying in Mykonos. And think about an International jet setting island, with sunshine. Where would you like to be? Not a difficult question.
The clubs stay open till dawn and there is no nicer place to nurse a slight hangover then in an umbrella shaded beach chair a few feet from the sea where one can slowly build up his strength to face the next evening’s festivities.
Mykonos is a cross-roads of chic. Everybody comes here, from Keith Richards laying on his back floating in the sea with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, to your favorite TV or movie star and their entourage, moving from club to club in search of action. Famous politicians, designers, newscasters, basketball players and coaches, kings, queens and commoners all make Mykonos their first choice in holiday destination.
Mykonos is quite easy to get to. There are many daily flights from Athens and ferries from Pireaus or Rafina. The ferry boat ride is about 5 hours with stops in Tinos and Syros. Avoid any boat stopping in Tinos a few days before the 15th of August if you are going to Mykonos, and after the 15th when you return. This is because thousands of Pilgrims go to the Holy Icon in Tinos for the Panagiri and unless you have a ferry ticket in advance you probably won’t get on. If you do, you will wish you hadn’t as it can be very crowded and uncomfortable.
There are also connections to Mykonos from Santorini and the other Cyclades islands. If you find yourself in a position where you have to travel on these days, ask your travel agent for help with another route. There are now highspeed boats from Pireaus and Rafina as well as Lavrion that can get you to Mykonos in about two hours.
Try to book a room in advance. Yes, it is possible to find rooms on your own when you arrive but difficult in July and almost impossible in August, particularly during the August 15 holiday.
If you do not book, as you arrive by boat, there will be people waving pictures of their rooms where you might stay. There is also a tourist information office that will help.
Mykonos is a great example of Cycladic architecture and is a maze of streets and alleys so that you never know where you will end up.
Along the way you will see things that may surprise you; a branch of your favorite boutique that you thought only existed back home, to expensive french restaurants, traditional churches, gold shops, tavernas, to an internet cafe.
Best shops on the island: the Fruit Center, which of course, sells fruit and the International Press Center where you will probably be able to find your favorite newspaper, magazine or book, no matter where you come from.
Nearby, the Island of Delos is uninhabited. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. It was once a thriving port and commercial center.
According to mythology it is the birthplace of Apollo. The Delian games were held here and the ruins of the city are quite extensive – well worth a visit. Come especially in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom. There are numerous taxi boats and tours to the island advertised in the port of Mykonos.
The best beaches are found by taking the bus to Platyialos, which is more of a family beach, restaurants, beach umbrellas, and the small boats that can take you to the other beaches. The first beach is Agia Ana, which is usually quiet and still relatively undeveloped.
The next stop is Paraga and then Paradise beach where there is a campsite, music, water sports and a restaurant or two. The next beach is Super Paradise which was a nudist beach. The last beach is Elia which was also a nudist beach and now has a couple of luxury resorts.
It is small and quaint, near town and has a few hotels including the Princess of Mykonos. A nice little fish taverna overlooking the sea called Taverna Vasoula is right at Agios Stefanos.