Thought I would post some hints and tips on my experiences in travelling to Mykonos. I travel to Mykonos every year and stay 2-3 weeks, this year is my 5th trip and even though I know a few locals and what to expect I still learn something new every year! Age wise I travel with friends who are aged 26-36 we are mixed Greek, Italian and Australian backgrounds and we certainly meet others of various ages and nationalities:)
Best time to travel:
Depends what you are looking for, the best DJ’s play July/August and it’s when the party going Italians/Croatians take their breaks:) I have travelled to Mykonos in all months June/July/August/September but my fav time is July/Aug. The locals agree for the party scene July/Aug is best but they also say April/May is nice and not too hot!
My favourite beach to go and relax at is Elia Beach, bed hire is 16EURO for 2 beds and an umbrella but they are the best in Mykonos (obviously you can lay on the sand too with you towel for no cost)
They have an awesome restaurant called ‘Elia’ and it’s great to sit down and watch the sunset after a full day at the beach. If you get beds in the middle area of the beach next to the water sports hire you will hear the BEST music playing in the background throughout the day. NOTE: the right and left side of the beach is mainly for the gay visitors.
For party beaches that turn into clubs late afternoon from around 4ish.
1) Tropicana at Paradise Beach is a must at least once, but be warned it can get crazy...look for Sasa a famous Italian entertainer:) he is funny and the voice of MYKONOSSSS, they have podium dancers which are pretty wild! The Contiki tours stop at Tropicana from around 4pm, for an afternoon/evening of fun times.
2) Kalua Bar at Paraga Beach is classy and I find the crowd is not as young as Tropicana, they have alot of bars and restaurants, one bar has a great outdoor pool area up near the main camping office (yeah they have camping grounds at this beach) bed hire varies from 7-10 EURO per bed.
3) Super Paradise is fun, people always think this beach is for gay crowds only but they are wrong. It’s definitely a mixed crowd and a great beach to go for sunbathing, bed hire is between 6-8 EURO per bed.
All the beaches offer food/drink service, which is nice if you can afford it, but by the time you pay the bed hire etc it can get a little expensive, some people bring there own mixes in water bottles etc (if you get what I mean)
In peak season you do need to get to the beaches by around 11am as all the good spots, at the front are gone.
Some tips for saving money.
* Go to the grocery store for fruit, alcohol, mixes etc and 1 L water is only 1E
* Instead of eating 3 meals have brunch and a late dinner, you will find if your in town and still out at 5am people line up to have a Gyros at Jimmy’s for 3 EURO!
* Pre drink before you go out, this saves you so much. Drinks/cocktails are anywhere between 6-12EURO but they are strong!! look for the specials in bars/clubs as they often have deals to get you inside.
*Clubs/DJs check out the websites of CAVO PARADISO and PARADISE CLUB closer to the time you are leaving, to see which DJ's are playing on the nights you are there, but FYI don't arrive any earlier than 11pm, same as the clubs in town...doesn't get packed till midnight at least!!!
*Clubs in town, anywhere around the Little Venice area you can’t go wrong, my favourite is Galleraki Bar, Scarpa, Remezzo, Astra. All the first timers go to Scandinavian Bar and Space but I enjoy going where the locals are.
Buses are a great way to get around, and if you are staying in town the main bus area (where all the buses are parked together) has schedules of where the buses go and to what beaches. Make sure you buy a return bus ticket as this saves time when you have to queue up at the end of the day – the lines for the return buses at some beaches can get CRAZY, sometimes they only let on people with tickets first (no idea why) so check the time of your return bus and try to line up a good 10-15min before hand. In some beaches like Elia, Paradise etc people will actually follow the bus well it's trying to park just to be nearest to the door when it opens - nightmare:(
NOTE: If you do buy a return ticket DON’T let them RIP the return ticket otherwise it’s invalid! I have learnt from experience they can be a little shifty:) Cost for a ticket is around 1.70EURO one way.
Taxi’s are also good but with only a limited amount on the island you will wait ages, you need to ring the taxi company and book, they give you a ref number and when the taxi comes he asks you to quote it. Reason being if you are in a line with 30 people waiting the cab takes the person who booked first! A tip, share with others if you can. Places like Super and Paradise do have their own bus services that take you back into town but check it out when you arrive, don’t bank on getting a cab at the end of the night.
Mykonos has some great shopping BUT compared to Athens it can get a little expensive. If you are not planning a stop in Athens to shop then I suggest bringing alot of cash! They have some good cheap souvenir places around Little Venice and the Windmills, cheaper shopping boutiques are in the middle of town next to accessorize. If you are in Mykonos late Aug/Sept the specials are great!
On the beaches they have vendors come and try sell you copy watches, bags, CDs etc...I have bought them all and do think the CDs are a great way to save...bargain with them 4 for 10E etc you can’t go wrong!!
It is a tricky one as everyone has different tastes and experiences, my favourite cheap food places are Jimmy’s and the Pelican Restaurant, for more pricey places I like Nobu, Mamacas and Interni.
Well I hope this has helped a little, enjoy your travels to Mykonos.....it’s an amazing destination