There are several beautiful beaches not to be missed in the area surrounding Kalkan;
Kalkan Town Beach
Located to the east of Kalkan’s harbour. Awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness, this pebbly beach offers crystal clear waters and very pleasant surroundings. There are numerous cafés nearby where you can sit and watch the world go by. Sun beds and umbrellas are available for rent on the beach.
This lovely beach is nestled at the foot of a striking mountain gorge and can be reached in about 10 minutes via a dolmuş (shared taxi/minibus) ride, from the Kalkan bus station. Kaputas beach is often used in travel brochures for Turkey due to its outstanding beauty. The turquoise waters are ideal for swimming, but please note that it gets deep rather quickly. There are just under 200 steps which lead you down to the beach. Umbrellas can be hired and there is a cafe and toilet facilities.
Patara beach is simply not to be missed. Its 18km stretch of sand and dunes forms part of a national park, and is a breeding ground for the giant loggerhead turtle. Because of this vital conservation project, and the fact that Patara is a National Park, you will be charged a small entrance fee per person; however, you will not be disappointed, Patara has been voted as one of the top beaches in the World. There is a small café serving food, drinks and ice cream, there are also toilet and shower facilities. Umbrellas and sun lounges can be hired for a fee.
Please take care when swimming as there are strong undercurrents at Patara. Children should be closely supervised at all times.
Whether you are after swimming, sunbathing, water sports or a great lunch, these popular clubs can offer something for everyone. Beach clubs generally consist of man made platforms constructed on the water’s edge with ladders down into deep water.
Yali Beach Club
Located next to Caretta Caretta, there are a great range of water sports on offer here and a lovely cafe serving food and drinks. Swimming is accessed via ladders which lead from the rock platforms down into the water.
You will pay a charge per person for the sun beds, parasols and towel but the cost of sun beds is deducted if you eat and drink at the Beach Club.
Indigo Beach Club
Situated on the rear of Kalkan harbour wall, Indigo Beach offers some great views of the harbour and village. Numerous water sports are available, and the restaurant provides a good selection of lunches and refreshments.
The sun beds are charged per person.
This lovely beach club is situated on the far side of Kalkan Bay. There is a large wooden decked sunbathing area, hammocks, cushioned platforms amongst grassed areas, easy to find a nice spot to relax. Lovely restaurant for a lazy lunch or if you feel more energetic swim out to the water trampoline, or take advantage of the many water sports on offer in the peak summer time.
This beach club is reached by water taxi down at the harbour, this is a free shuttle service.
Zest Beach Club
Zest is a new addition to the beach club scene in Kalkan and has a laid back, barefoot vibe. Similarly to Palm, it sits on the far side of the bay and is either just a hop on a water taxi from Kalkan harbour or a short stroll on foot along a coastal path.
Extensive spacious terraces tier up from the sea front and are furnished with comfortable day beds ensuring there is always a quiet spot to relax and unwind. The sea is only within stumbling distance making it easy to dip in and out. If sea swimming isn’t your thing there is also a salt water swimming pool with far reaching views across the bay and towards mouse and snake islands.
A waiter- service to pool and day beds is available and there is also a restaurant providing light bites and main meals. There is a bar and lounge area perched on the lowest deck boasting an extensive cocktail list, Zest is definitely a cool spot to sit and watch the sunset serenaded by chilled house tunes.
Kalamar Beach Club
Take a taxi to Kalamar Beach Club and the club will pay the fare for you but you pay a fee per person to include use of sunbed and parasol, showers, pedalos and kayaks. Food and drink are reasonably priced, and this beach club is especially popular with families with children or young adults.
The Kalkan Dive Centre www.kalkandiving.com and Aristos Water Sports www.kalkanwatersports.com can be found here, offering everything from scuba diving to jet skis and private boat hire to trampolines.
Mahal Beach Club
The Mahal Beach Club is on the site of Kalkan’s first and oldest beach club, Likya Beach – consisting of platforms built into the hillside and under the shade of olive trees there are ladders which take you down into the deep water. Sun beds and parasols are dotted around on stone platforms connected by stone steps. Mahal is not recommended for families with small children. A restaurant provides refreshments throughout the day and water sports are available.
To get to Mahal you need to take the water taxi from the harbour for the short ten-minute journey across the bay alternatively you can get a taxi. MASSAGE THERAPY is also available at Mahal.
Kalkan Beach Park
This beach club is very popular and offers free water taxi’s from the harbour and free sunbeds. There is a small beach area where you can walk into the shallow waters and there is a water slide to keep the children entertained.
Water sports are also available in peak summer time. A restaurant serves homemade chips and pizza and plenty of chilled drinks. Beach club facilities are free.
Patara Prince Beach Club
This is one of the largest beach clubs and has shoreline sunbathing platforms, two sea water swimming pools (including an adult only pool) and a sea front restaurant. Visitors can get a water taxi from the harbour and they will take you straight to the beach club (there is a charge for the taxi and for the use of the Club facilities).
A lovely 5 minute walk from Kalkan harbour along the coastal path will bring you to this delightful little beach club and Boutique hotel. A perennial local favourite for its isolated swimming platforms, excellent home-style cooking and warm welcome from owners. Situated on the water’s edge, the family who run it will charm you with their warm hospitality.
Caretta offers free sun loungers. It features terraces with hammocks, a panoramic restaurant and a spa bath almost at sea level. Complimentary parking is available (though very small area) as is free water taxi from Kalkan harbour.