Famous for its windmills, Mykonos is a gem of a Greek island tucked among the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Mythological legend says it was formed from the bodies of the giants slain by Hercules. It is named after the grandson of Apollo.
Paradise Beach is one of several stretches of sand that Mykonos is known for. It is located six kilometers (roughly three-and-a-half miles) southeast of Chora.
This world-renowned nude beach is packed day and night in summer. Full nudity was once common here, but today, more Paradise Beach sunbathers tend to keep their swimsuits on. Although it is still common to go topless, nudity has taken second place to the beach's continuous party atmosphere. That's not to say that going nude is illegal or discouraged. It's accepted—in fact, it's largely ignored—but it's just as common for sunbathers to wear swimsuits as to strip them off. Consider Paradise Beach "clothing optional" in the truest sense of the phrase.
The Party Scene
If you like to party—with or without clothing—Paradise Beach is for you. Its reputation as a nude beach has given way to hordes of young people and wild ragers after dark. Partying is common while the sun shines, too. There's live music, DJs, and plenty of bartenders. The Paradise Beach Resort has two seaside bars, and the Tropicana Beach Bar staff takes regular forays onto the sand for food and drink orders.
They also have sun beds and lounge chairs available for rent.
Don't confuse Paradise Beach with Super Paradise. Both are lovely, but Paradise Beach is the one known for its party atmosphere. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities while you're here. Paradise Beach is not just for university students—the likes of Paris Hilton and Boy George have been spotted having a good time on these sugar-soft shores.
Keep in mind that things tend to calm down considerably in the off-season (fall through spring), but it's shoulder-to-shoulder partygoers from June through September—and they're typically clothed.
Where to Stay
A campground behind the beach provides an affordable place to stay, making this strip particularly popular with budget-conscious, young travelers. Several hotels are located nearby Paradise Beach as well, including Paradise Beach Resort, the Almyra Guest Houses, and the San Georgio Hotel. Many of these hotels along Paradise Beach offer seasonal discounts and deals, so keep your eyes peeled for lower rates to save yourself a few bucks.