The Beaches: Ornos, Paraga, Paradise and Super Paradise
Now a holiday wouldn't be a holiday without a trip to the beach. There are many different beaches in Mykonos which you can access by foot, bus, water taxi or cab depending on where your staying on the Island. On my second visit to Mykonos, I stayed in the town of Ornos at Dionysos Hotel which was less than a stones throw from the beach itself (pool side photo below). If your staying in Ornos make sure you head to the Greek Tavern and try a chicken gyros. Consisting of grilled chicken, tomato, red onion, chips and tzatziki wrapped in a what can only be described as a cross between a pitta and a naan, it's a tasty way to eat affordably. They were less than €3 and I ate about 5 during my stay in Greece! You can also get these to take away which is handy if your on the move or want a snack before heading back to your hotel.
One disadvantage to visiting the beaches of Mykonos is that you have to pay for the sun beds. With that said, they are super comfortable and you get them all day. Sophie and I payed €16 for two beds at Ornos beach so be sure to bring some extra cash with you.
One of the prettiest beaches I visited had to be Super Paradise beach. I mean just look at that view. Both Paradise and Super Paradise beach are renowned for their beach parties which tend to kick off from about 4pm. Most people spend the day chilling on the sun loungers and then party into the early hours of the morning at the beach bar. Whilst I didn't do this at Super Paradise, Sophie and I did visit Paradise beach twice where we had lots of fun. I would hands down recommend going to Tropicana Beach club anytime from 5pm onwards where you can party until the early hours of the morning. If you walk along the beach a few seconds you will end up at the beach bar Guapaloca. With UV lights and neon paint you feel like you've arrived at a Thailand style full moon party. As Mykonos is notorious for being a party island (some often say its better than Ibiza) the clubbing scene can be pretty hardcore. The night is still considered young at 3am. Usually I'm tucked up in bed after a night out in London at this hour, so getting your head around the time difference can be strange. With that said, if the party scene isn't your thing you can take it down a notch and just enjoy dinner and cocktails.
Club Paradiso and Paradise Club are two big clubs located on Paradise beach boasting DJs from the likes of Benny Benassi to Skrillex. I only went to Club Paradiso and I must say it's a really good night. We were actually approached by a promoter during the day when we were at Ornos beach and bought our ticket for €15 which included a free drink on the night. This is very reasonable and you often end up paying a lot more on the night so if you can snap up this deal during the day I would definitely recommend it. Sophie and I got the bus from Mykonos town after pre drinking at the likes of Skandinavian bar but got a cab back to our hotel. As a rule the clubs are generally smarter and most people do tend to dress up. The same goes for Mykonos town, where girls tended to wear dresses/playsuits and wedges.
Next on the list of beaches to visit is Paraga beach. I don't think I have seen water so crystal clear in all my life. I mean just look at that water! Paraga beach is great if you just fancy a chilled day, soaking up the rays and having a dip in the sea. Again, this beach can be reached by water taxi, which costs around €8 or bus depending on where you are staying. Whilst at Paraga, head to Kalua beach bar where you can have a bite to eat or some mid day cocktails. Like most places you do have to pay for a sun bed at the beach. You can take a towel and position yourself by the water but bear in mind that its quite pebbly so the sun loungers definitely tend to be more comfortable.
For those of you planning a trip to Mykonos this summer or in the foreseeable future, I really hope you have found this blog post useful. I have tried to include as many tips as I can think of and the best places I would personally recommend to you all. If you have any specific questions, then do just leave me a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you. Mykonos is such a beautiful island and I really would encourage each and every one of you to visit at some point. It is quite an expensive holiday destination but as long as you're prepared for this you'll be fine. The average price for a cocktail is around €14-€20 and dinner depending on where you are eating out can be a little bit more. The beaches and views are breath taking and I hope that I've encouraged a few of you to visit soon.