Our Kas Beach Guide
The best beaches in and around Kas
Kas has some interesting beach and swimming options with many quiet and pretty places to swim and relax, alongside some larger beaches with more facilities. Beach clubs provide many swimming options all over Kas and are platforms with sun-loungers and sea access. Some belong to hotels or restaurants, and all of them are free to use and welcome everyone. Facilities are generally good, with sun bed, sun umbrellas, and toilet facilities provided. Establishments do ask that no food and drink is brought in from outside, but they do provide both soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as a tempting menu of light lunches and snacks.
Kas has no sandy beaches but is home to some pebbly/shingle beaches, 'Little Pebble beach' and 'Big Pebble beach'. In Kas centre, is 'Little Pebble Beach' (Kucuk Cakil beach). This is a small white pebble beach, flanked by two beach clubs; Cinarlar and Derya which offer good swimming and snorkelling.
Around 1km from the centre of Kas and a delightful walk East along the marina and waterfront is 'Big Pebble beach' (Buyuk Cakil). The beach is 200m wide set in a pleasant bay and has crystal clear waters with good snorkelling, sun beds, umbrellas, parking and a small selection of cafes. The beach is shallow and usually calm, which makes it popular with families of locals and visitors.
Further out of Kas, About 1.5km on the peninsula road, is Incebogaz beach. Here are 2 small quiet beaches either side of the road, with a small café serving food and drinks. The cafe side beach provides safe swimming in its sheltered waters and the beach is a great place for picnics.
3KM to the east of Kas in a sheltered bay, you will find the Limanagzi beach and its 4 beach clubs. Access to the beach is by boat, with a relaxing 20 minute ride (approx 10TL per person) or by foot (the path from Kaş to Limanagzi is part of The Lycian Way). There are two small coves each with good waterside restaurants, sun beds, umbrellas and safe swimming.
5 km west of Kas on the Kalkan road you will find the Akcagerme beach club with restaurant and bar. The shingle beach is just outside Kas Marina and facilities include sun beds and umbrellas (small charge) a swimming pontoon with protected safe swimming and a children's water park area with slides.
One of Tukey's most beautiful sandy beaches, the much photographed Kaputas beach is around 20 minutes' drive away, and well served by local dolmus services from around Kas. Kaputas is a bay with rock outcrops both sides and a gorge providing a spectacular back drop. There are around 150 steps (not particularly steep) to reach the beach from the road above. Light refreshments are served on the beach, and sunbeds, umbrellas are (at time of writing) available at a charge for beach users.
Further afield, at 42km from Kas is Patara beach.
Patara beach is around 45minutes from Kas by car or the Dolmus services that run from Kalkan (around 10 to 12 ytl each way). Part of a national park, it is a key biodiversity area, rich in birdlife and the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta). The turtles are nearing extinction and the beach has been declared off-limits for development in order to protect the turtles nesting sites on the Turkish coast. Patara is the second most important turtle nesting beach in Turkey and the beach is closed after sunset from May to October to give the turtles peace in which to lay their eggs.
Parking at the beach is free (as of 2014), although there is a charge to enter the national park (around 8 lira per vehicle). A boardwalk leads from the car park across the sand to the sea. This sandy beach has many shells at its shore line and is good for swimming, although care needs to be taken with currents. At 12km long, it is a lovely place to walk, with sand dunes and mountains providing a very scenic back drop.
Voted as one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online in 2005, a visit to Patara beach also enables visitors to look around the major Roman and Lycian historical ruins just 15 minutes' walk behind the beach.
Even in the height of summer it is never crowded. The absence of development and no water sports means that it is always peaceful. There is a café at the end of the boardwalk that sells snacks and drinks, and hires sunbeds and parasols.