Mykonos is a gem of a Greek island tucked among the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. It is named after the grandson of Apollo, and mythological legend says the island was formed from the bodies of the giants slain by Hercules. Mykonos may be famous for its windmills, but it is also home to spectacular beaches—some of which allow nude sunbathing.
Nudity at Paradise Beach
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 clothing-optional beach is packed in the summer months, and while full nudity is no longer as common here, you are likely to see some topless sunbathers in the crowd. Nudity is largely ignored here, so you don't have to worry about it being illegal or discouraged if you choose to strip down to your birthday suit.
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 dancing after dark (although partying is common while the sun shines, too). 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. There's also live music, DJs, and sun beds available for rent.
Make sure not to confuse Paradise Beach with Super Paradise, a beach in a nearby cove.
Both are lovely, but Paradise Beach is the one known for its party atmosphere. You may even see a few 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.
Getting to Paradise Beach
Where to Stay Near Paradise Beach
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 near Paradise Beach as well, including Paradise Beach Resort, the Almyra Guest Houses, and the San Georgio Hotel. Many of these resorts also offer seasonal discounts and deals, so keep your eyes peeled for lower rates to save yourself a few bucks.