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- All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came... John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

- I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me... Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)

- Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm... Publilius Syrus (~100 BC)

 Iztuzu Beach
Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach is a long beach seperated from Dalyan by the reed beds that are along the river feeding into the sea from Köyceğiz Lake. It is world famous as one of the rare breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. (Caretta caretta) The greatest threat to the survival of the loggerhead sea turtle is on these sandy beaches where its life begins, which has triggered an international conservation effort that began in the 1990s. The effort to protect loggerhead sea turtle eggs and to assure a safe breeding ground for this endangered species has made international headlines. June Haimoff is an English environmentalist who settled in Dalyan after her retirement and launched a successful campaign for the conservation of loggerhead sea turtles. She realized that the sea turtles unique to the locality were lethally menaced by the buildings that were starting to rise like mushrooms on the beach with the development of tourism. Since then, she dedicated her efforts to assure conservation of the site as well as attracting international attention to the fate of the turtles. She relates the struggle and the victory for the preservation of these species in her book titled Kaptan June and the Turtles published in 1997.

 Aşi Bay Beach
Aşi Bay Beach

Aşi Bay is located just south of Dalyan. Day trips on boats out of Dalyan offer a day on the beach along with a barbarque. The bay has many caverns and caves, and an island where fish gather. It is a popular lay-over point for private and charter yachts plying the coastline. Aşi Beach has a restaurant on the beach where you can order meals and drinks. Aşi Beach can also be accessed from Dalyan and this is usually by booking a jeep tour.

 Bakardi Bay Beach
Bakardi Bay Beach

Bakardi Bay is just south of Aşi Bay between Dalyan and Sarigerme. Above the rough mountains of Gökbel and within a 45 minute walk your are on the deserted Bacardi beach. A very queit and very secluded beach more for nature lovers than sun-bathers who wish to lie on a beach chair in the sun. The clear aquamarine blue water is certainly inviting for those who would like to swim or snorkel. Many of the Dalyan Boat Tours like Ali Özalp make trips to Bakardi Beach for a picnic on a daytrip.

 Turkish Beach
Calis Beach

Calis Beach is a small beach resort with stunning views and spectacular sunsets across the Bay from Sovalye Island and Fethiye. Should you seek a holiday of lazing in the sun on a beach or by the pool, than Calis Beach is for you. The shingle beach stretches for 4 kilometers with hotels, bars and restaurants on the beach front road. The atmosphere is very informal and relaxed, making it an ideal holiday destination for sun-worshippers and family holidays. If you want something a little more lively, take a dolmus ride, or alternatively the very pleasant water taxi, to nearby Fethiye, with its colourful harbour, shops, and party til you drop nightlife. Windsurfing, waterskiing and scuba diving are available along the beach, and a surf school for certification. There is also an aqua park with pools, slides and entertainment. Outside of Calis Beach there are boat trips, a trip to Dalyan and the mud baths, paragliding from Babadag Mountain in Olu Deniz, a trip to Kayaköy a deserted village, Saklikent where you can walk through the gorge, and many others.

 Ekinçik Beach
Ekinçik Beach

Ekinçik is located on the western entry cape of the inlet of Ekinçik and covered with green pine forests, is an area of priority because it is close to the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos. Yachts can drop anchor in the area where there are motorboats and along the wide sand beach, and also in the wonderful inlet exactly opposite the lighthouse. A cooperative of tourboats incorporated by the villagers of Ekincik will take you from your sailboat and carry to Dalyan and to Kaunos. There are restaurants in Ekinçik as well as limited hotel accommodation.

 Gemiler Beach
Gemiler Beach

The early Christian Island of Gemiler was dedicated to St. Nicholas and can be visited from Gemiler Beach below Kaya village or while on one of the daily boat trips out of Oludeniz. The beach on the opposite side of the Island - Gemiler Beach can be reached by boats from Oludeniz or from the road that follows from Kaya Village. This small beach provides a place to relax, sunbathe and swim, away from the crowds.

 İçmeler Beach
İçmeler Beach

İçmeler is set amidst stunning scenery at the foot of a range of black pine-covered mountains which drop down to the sea where they form a huge cove. It can be a good place to spend a day or two because of its close proximity to the hustle, bustle, and nightlife of Marmaris. Compared to Marmaris, İçmeler still has a village-like feel to it with big resort amenities of its own. It has course slate-coloured sand with parasols and beach-bars. It is situated in a setting looking out to sea and snorkeling is a popular pastime especially around the rockier sections of the coast.

 Kaputas Beach
Kaputaş Beach

Kaputaş Beach is at about 10 minutes from Kalkan, on the road that goes to Myra. Kaputaş Beach is a long beach between Kaş and Kalkan in southwestern Turkey. It is situated at a distance of 20 kilometers from Kaş and 7 from Kalkan, at a point where an extremely narrow valley towered by steep cliffs and forests joins the sea shore in the cove of the same name as the beach (Kaputaş). There are no fixed amenities at Kaputaş Beach, with only ambulant vendors who set up small stands selling snacks during the day. The beach is reached by stairs descending from the road and is guarded by the municipality of Kalkan. It's difficult to find a place to park along the road, and hard to access if you go by bus. It is a favorite stopover for yachts along the Blue Cruise.

 Kizkalesi Beach
Kizkalesi Beach

The main beach at Kizkalesi has a castle dating from the Crusades lying less than 200 meters offshore. The eastern Mediterranean beach resort town of Kizkalesi in English means "Maiden's Castle," and on the shore at the eastern end of this fine beach is another castle named Korykos which makes Kizkalesi a two-castle holiday resort. Both castles were a link in the chain of coastal fortifications eastablished by the Byzantine Admiral Eugenius in 1104 to defend and protect the borders of Byzantium. Next to Korykos Castle, across the road, lies the ancient necropolis of Korykos. Some strong swimmers can swim out to the castle on the island, but if you're not quite that daring, you can hire a small cruise boat to take you there.

 Kidrak Beach
Kidrak Beach

Kidrak is in a cove located about one kilometer to the east of Oludeniz Beach. With an pristine natural beauty, it has become one of the most popular camping areas around Fethiye. The beach is beautiful and the water reminds one why this is called the turquoise coast. Upon reaching the end of the road at Olu you will need to take a taxi or car to the left of the lagoon. About 15 minutes later you will arrive at Kidrak. This beach is very easy to get to and rarely crowded whatever time of the year you go.

 Kleopatra/Damlataş Beach
Kleopatra/Damlataş Beach

Kleopatra/Damlataş beach is situated on the western side of the peninsula which splits Alanya into two. The beach is said to be Alanya’s best. The sand is finer and there are not many rocks or stones but the water does deepen more quickly than at the eastern beach. When Queen Kleopatra of Egypt was given the area around Alanya as a present from the Roman general Antony, she bathed at the foot of the cliff every day. Originally there was a tunnel, leading from the castle directly to her private beach, through which she was carried whenever she wanted to swim. The 3.5 kilometre long beach is also known as Damlataş beach because of the Damlataş dripstone cave on the western side of the peninsula discovered in 1948. Today the cave is one of Alanya’s many tourist attractions.

 Marmaris Beach
Marmaris Beach

Marmaris beach, home-away-from-home for thousands of British holiday visitors, is a couple of miles long with a traffic free promenade stretching all way round the bay to Içmeler. Good place for beer and 24 hour a day satellite soccer on wide screen monitors in the bars. The beach is mostly black sand and a bit gritty. The beaches are not very wide and the top half is covered in sunbeds and umbrellas which you can rent for a nominal fee if your hotel does not provide them. Many hotels have private beaches and some even ship in very good sand from other areas. The sea is warm, crystal clear and perfect for swimming. There are some fabulous beaches like Cleopatra Island where the sand is said to be the best in the world

 Ölüdeniz Beach
Ölüdeniz Beach

Ölüdeniz is in a valley surrounded by black pine covered mountains on three sides and facing the Mediterranean Sea. The Beach is a mixture of pebbles and fine shingle/sand. The Lagoon end of the beach is a protected National Park Area and costs about a lira to enter. and is probably the most photographed beach in Turkey. There are numerous activities on the beach like waterskiing, snorkeling, scuba diving,para sailing, peddle boats, and canoes. There are many bars and restaurants along the beach and on the various roads leading from the beach. At night the bars offer a diversity of music and entertainment. Ölüdeniz has become a mecca for Paragliding enthusiasts and many people come from all over the world to enjoy the sport. Near the end of the season, sometime in October, there is a Paragliding competition and it is possible to take a beginning flight with an experienced pilot from the top of Babadag mountain and down to a landing on the beach.

 Palamutbükü Beach
Palamutbükü Beach

Palamutbükü has one of the best long sandy beaches of the Datca peninsula. Palamutbükü is located on the peninsula between the historic city of Knidos and Datça. Knidos is 12 kilometers to the west and Datça 25 kilometers to the east. There are two ways to get to Palamutbükü from Datça. One way is via the road through old mountain villages amidst pine, almond and olive trees. This road goes in the direction of Yakakoy and Sindi. The second option is through Mesudiye towards Palamutbükü along a coastal road. Between the shades of green and the clarity of the blue water this route affords the most beautiful views of the sea and the coastal mountains. Upon arriving at Palamutbükü see one of nature's most beautiful long beaches only about 12 kilometers from the ancient city of Knidos.

 Petara Beach
Patara Beach

Patara Beach lies 75 kilometers south of Fethiye and is undoubtedly the crème la crème of Turkish beaches. It is a secluded beach, ideal for those who seek solitude and those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beach will remain this way because of the Patara archaeological ruins. The government places restrictions on construction and this should keep encroachments of urban civilization from overwhelming it. This sandy strip, running for 20 km has another claim to fame as the birthplace of Santa Claus. Visitors to Patara Beach can stay in the low-end hotels and inns in the village of Patara which is 3.5 kilometers south of the coastal highway. These hotels charge as low as US$25 or sometimes even less for a double-bedded room. However, accommodation is not plentiful and you should make enquiries in advance. The beach is quite barren when it comes to greenery or shrubbery and you should come prepared to get very tanned on your day out at Patara Beach.

 Sarigerme Beach
Sarigerme Beach

Sarigerme Beach is beautiful and safe for children. As a privately run beach there is a small charge for this beach (around one lira). Sarigerme Beach has a small childrens zoo with birds, goats, rabbits, and other small animals. There are a number of watersports available on the beach, as well as showers and toilets and a couple of small cafes for snacks and drinks. There is also a public beach, but the beaches connected to many of the hotels, including the Pegasus Palace, are private. The beach is just about 400 meters away from the main street of Sarigerme. At the Magic Life - Sarigerme there is lifeguard-lifesaving equipment available 09.00-18.00, 2 handicapped toilettes. The Sarigerme Environmental Education Association organizes environmental education activities.

 Sarsala Bay Beach
Sarsala Bay Beach

Sarsala Bay is 11 kilometers from the town center of Dalaman. It is a public open beach with a Restaurant, dressing places, shower and W.C. You can pick up fresh fish from the fishermen on the beach or choose Kebab's from the restaurant menue. The friendly staff arround the restaurant is always very helpful. Boat trips are available, but you need a transfer to and from Sarsala. Contact the White Table (Beyaz Masa) under the Council (Belediye) building.

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