Famous for its windmills, Mykonos is a gem of an island tucked among the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea off Greece. Mythological legend says it was formed from the bodies of the giants slain by Hercules. It's named for the grandson of Apollo.
Paradise Beach is one of the several stretches of sand that Mykonos is known for. It's located six kilometers southeast of Chora. This world-renowned one-time nude beach is jammed day and night in summer.
Full nudity was once common here, but more Paradise Beach sunbathers tend to keep their swimsuits on these days. Although toplessness is still common, nudity has taken second place to the beach's continuous party atmosphere. That's not to say that it's 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.
Cap'n Barefoot's Mykonos page keeps up on details of the changes for nudists headed to Paradise Beach.
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 parties after dark. Partying is common while the sun shines, too. There's music complete with a DJ 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.
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 white sandy shores.
Keep in mind that things tend to calm down considerably in the off-season, 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 a cheap place to stay, making this beach particularly popular with the young and poor – or those who are just cheap. Several hotels are nearby to Paradise Beach as well, including Paradise Beach Resort, the Almyra Guest Houses and the San Georgio Hotel. Several offer discounts and deals. The Paradise Beach Club claims dibs on being the "17th best club in the world."