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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 Koycegiz 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 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. It can also be accessed from Dalyan and this is usually by booking a jeep tour.

Bakardi Beach

Bakardi Bay is just south of Asi Bay between Dalyan and Sarigerme. Above the rough mountains of Gokbel 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.

Ekinçik Beach

Ekinçik is located on the western entry cape of the inlet of Ekinçik and covered with green pine forests, is a place of priority because it is very near to the ruined remains of Caunos. Yachts can drop anchor in the part 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 here, will take you from your sailboat and carry to Dalyan and to Kaunos. There are restaurants in Ekinçik as well as limited hotel accommodation.

Ölüdeniz Beach

Ölüdeniz is a breathtaking bay, with a laid-back atmosphere, and one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Turkey. The main beach is bordered by an attractive promenade lined with small shops, cafes and restaurants making it ideal for a wonderful beach holiday.

The Blue Lagoon of Olu deniz has calm, crytal clear waters which makes it ideal for a variety of water sports and a very safe place for children to swim. Part of the lagoon is now a protected area and is a beautiful inland bay that stretches behind the cape - there is a small entrance fee to enter.

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. Olu Deniz 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.

Günlüklü Beach

Günlüklü is a beautiful cove that is approximately 19 kilometers from Fethiye. To reach the beach requires a jeep or car. Generally, while traveling on the highway between Fethiye and Mugla, it is easy to pass by this enroute to Hisaronu from Dalaman and miss out on a great secluded beach with no tourists other than those Turkish that know about it's location. It is an ideal place for camping in a tent under the moonlight and stars and enjoy the less traveled Turkey. Be forewarned that the beach tends to get very crowded on weekends with local Turkish day-trippers from Fethiye, and the facilities can be a bit rough and ready.

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.

Içmeler Beach

Içmeler 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 it still has a village-like feel to it with big resort amenities of its own. 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.

Marmaris Beach

Marmaris beach, home-away-from-home for big tattoo man, 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

Sarigerme Beach

Sarigerme Beach is beautiful and safe for children. As a privately run beach there is a small charge for this beach. 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 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.

Çalis Beach

Çalis 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 Kayakoy a deserted village, Saklikent where you can walk through the gorge, and many others.

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.

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

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