The most famous of all of Mykonos’ beaches, Paradise is what essentially brought tourism to the island in the 1970s. It’s no longer the beach of hippies of the 70s, and also no longer mostly gay like about a decade ago -- it now attracts young straight crowds, who dance, drink and lie on the sand all day and night, to the sound of music playing at the several bars and restaurants.
There are umbrellas and sunbeds everywhere, and the summer parties usually start in the middle of the afternoon and last until sunrise! If you’re looking for the beach party experience, this is the beach for you; if you’re looking for peace and quiet, go somewhere else. Paraga beach is just right up the cliff.
Up on a hill overlooking the beach is a large club, Cavo Paradiso, perhaps the most popular night spot in the entire island, attracting major international DJs throughout the summer.
How to Get to Paradise Beach
Paradise is just 20 minutes from the center of Mykonos Town, and is accessible by bus, departing from the terminal of Fabrika. For more information about how to take the bus in Mykonos, look here: Mykonos Buses
This beach is within walking distance of four others: Paraga, Agia Anna, Platys Gialos and Psarou.
Hotels on Paradise Beach
Most of these apartments have a sea view, and are less than a 10-minute walk from the beach. They’re in a traditional Cycladic building, and have a simple classic décor. Guests can prepare their meals in the kitchen and enjoy them outside on the terrace.
Paradise View Hotel
The “view” in the name could be of the sea or the mountain. This hotel is found in a quiet location, high above the beach, but less than a 10-minute walk away. It has a swimming pool in a relaxing terrace and rooms with balconies where you can sit in the sun.
San Giorgio Hotel
Right up on the cliff above Paradise Beach, on the way to Paraga, this scenic design hotel is made up of small whitewashed buildings with spacious rooms. Several of them have a balcony or patio, and sea views are always right outside the door. A good breakfast is served by the pool, where you can also enjoy drinks as you lie in the sun throughout the day.
There are several types of units at this hotel, ranging from twin rooms to an entire apartment, making it suitable for couples or groups. Many have a sea view, and a couple feature an outdoor Jacuzzi. They're just a few feet from the beach, but many guests stay at the pool all day, and enjoy drinks and meals at the bar and restaurant.