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Review of Vai Beach

Vai Beach
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Vai
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We were there in May and the beach was not crowded wich was good. The beach is beautiful but we didn't really enjoy swimming there since it wasn't sand on the bottom of the sea.
There is a restaurant but the menu was a bit "so so". We had lunch at the beach bar instead.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank ElizaSL
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106 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“They way to Vai is the best attraction”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Basically we expected a tourist attraction and got it .... it was nice, but too much touristic. On the other hand, the way there was terreific. You will see a lot of the Cretian island, drive through very nice places and be able to make a lot of pictures. So ... the way is the finish .... here it is exactly like this.

Visited October 2013
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Hamburg, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Tourist Hotspot Vai - Perfect Bay Ahead”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went to Vai after seeing other beaches like Elafonissi and Triopetra and were a bit disappointed. The beach is long, but full of sun beds, water sports and snack bars. Also you have to pay for the parking lot and you have no possibility to avoid this.

As we like it a bit more private we looked for another bay right a short walk away.

If you take the path to the look out on the right side of the beach and walk over to the next bay you can find more peace, less people, but also crystal clear water. (Okay you will have no palm trees)

Vai gets 3 stars, the bay next to Vai 5!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Mads H
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St. John's, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outrageously touristy”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Would have been a fantastic location if it weren't so horrendously over-exploited. The palms were beautiful and I'm sure the beach was beautiful too, except we couldn't see it because it was littered with tacky sunbeds and boardwalks and overpriced tavernas. A classic example of "paving paradise". We enjoyed the day but it was nevertheless disappointing. Be prepared to pay for parking, pay to use the bathroom, pay for a shower... seriously, get adventurous -- there are millions of incredible, hidden beaches on Crete!

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Mariah M
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Berkshire, England
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2013

A little out of the way but stunning once you're there. We went in quiet season and there was hardly anyone around. Crystal clear waters! If you're anywhere nearby it's well worth a visit

Visited April 2013
1 Thank TA78
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