With year-round sunshine, a warm climate and beautiful sandy beaches, it's easy to see why Cyprus is such a popular honeymoon destination.
The eastern coast of Cyprus offers fine, white-sand beaches that shelve into shallow turquoise waters as well as deep-water bays framed by rocky outcrops that offer good snorkelling and diving.
The south coast offers long, golden-sand beaches, while the western coast offers secluded coves.
Each resort offers a good choice of beaches.
Nissi Beach – Unwind on the golden sands of Nissi Beach, which shelves gently into the calm waters of Nissi Bay.
The beach is sheltered from the wind and is one of the most attractive beaches in Cyprus.
Facilities include loungers and sun umbrellas for hire as well as various watersport activities including waterskiing, windsurfing, parascending or jet skiing.
Lively beachfront bars make this a popular spot with the clubbing crowd during the high season.
Nissi Beach is located 2km west of the town centre.
Makronissos Beach – Also known as Golden Sands, Makronissos Beach is located 1km west of Nissi Beach (and is linked to it by a walkway and cycle path).
Unwind on the golden sand, go swimming and try out some of the many watersports options at hand.
Behind the beach lie excavated Hellenec and Roman ruins. Quad bikes are also available to hire should you feel the urge to explore cross-country.
Pantahou Beach – Dig your toes into the golden sand of this popular kilometre-long beach that stretches east from the fishing harbour of Ayia Napa.
The calm water is clear and ideal for swimming. Facilities include lifeguards during the season and several beachfront restaurants and bars.
Agia Thekla Beach – Unwind on the golden sands of this 300 metre-long beach that shelves into the typically calm sea of a tiny cove. The beach is named after an old church situated nearby.
Facilities include lifeguards the season, watersports and a beachfront convenience store. The beach is located 3km west of Ayia Napa and is easily accessible from the main road leading to Ayia Napa.
Konnos Beach – Unwind on the golden sands of this picturesque 200m-long beach that sits between steep pine-covered slopes and the protected shallow and calm waters of this small sheltered cove.
Facilities include sun beds and umbrellas, lifeguards during bathing hours as well as beachside restaurants and convenience stores.
Konnos beach is located east of Agia Napa between Cape Greco and Protaras and can easily be reached by boat from Protaras oand Ayia Napa.
Protaras Beach – Unwind on the fine, golden sand of one of Cyprus’s best beaches that is perfect for sunbathing, swimming and pursuing a variety of watersports from paddle boats to jet skis.
Located in the popular town of Paralimni, the beach is also known as Fig Tree Bay, and takes its name from a single, solitary fig tree that has been there since the 17th century.
Facilities on the beach include toilets, changing rooms, sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities, with a variety of accommodation, restaurants and food kiosks nearby.
The beach also offers disabled access, including a special wheelchair at the lifeguard tower to help disabled persons enter the sea with assistance from the lifeguards. Lifeguards are stationed at the beach from April to September.
Pachyammos Beach – This narrow sandy beach is sits in front of the hotels on Poseidonos Avenue.
Facilities include lifeguards, watersports, sun beds and umbrellas with a wide range of bars, restaurants and telephones nearby.
The quality of the water is tested frequently and the beachfront is cleaned everyday.
Coral Bay Beach – Relax on the golden sands of this popular beach, located around 13km north of Paphos. The beach is easily accessible by bus.
Facilities include a variety of watersports from pedalos to windsurfers and parasailing.
Latchi Beach – Although covered in pebbles, Latchi Beach offers the best conditions in the region for diving or snorkelling.
The nearby laid back Cypriot village of Latchi provides some of the best fish tavernas in Cyprus.
Lara Bay – Pick your own secluded spot on this quiet and unspoilt beach, located just north of Paphos.
The beach is the site where endangered green and loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. You may also be able lucky enough to see endangered monk seals here.
Petra tou Romiou – Long considered to be the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Greek Goddess of Love, and ancient patron goddess of Cyprus, Petra tou Romiou Beach offers stunning sunsets from a rocky coastline.
It's also a great spot for a swim and a picnic. Located along the road from Lemesos to Pafos.
Geriskopou Beach – This popular pebble and sand beach is just a couple of kilometres from the harbour at Paphos.
Facilities include nearby accommodation options, beachside restaurant, volleyball court and various water sports as well as sun bed and umbrella hire. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season.
Lady's Mile Beach – Pick a secluded spot on this 8km-long beach that gently shelves into shallow, clear water. Located a few kilometres from Limassol, this beach is mostly deserted.
Pissouri Beach – Sunbathe on the golden sands of this pristine beach and swim or snorkel in the clear, warm waters. Beachside restaurants are renown for great seafood.
Kourion Beach – Although a stony beach, Kourion is popular for windsurfing and hang gliding from the nearby cliff top.
The long and curving beach has splendid backdrop as the dramatic ruins of Kourion are perched on the top of the cliff overlooking the beach.
Finikoudes Beach – Pick a spot to unwind on this 500m-long golden-sand beach that borders Larnaka’s palm-lined beachfront promenade. The beach gentle shelves into clean and calm waters.
Facilities include toilets, showers, changing rooms, access for the disabled, sun beds and umbrellas, a variety of water sports and lifeguards during the bathing season.
The beachfront area hosts a range of cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels.
The beach is easily accessed on foot and by bus and car. The area is the venue for the two-week Larnaca Kataklysmos Fair, usually held in June.
Latest update: Best beaches in Cyprus: 24 April, 2022