Cyprus is a favourite year-round beach holiday destination. Although the winter months are much quieter, and you won't see many locals on the beach, foreigners generally still find the climate amicable for sun bathing during many of the winter months. It should be noted that some beaches have strong currents, and so care should be taken to look for warning signs before swimming.
In 2015 Cyprus was once again awarded with Blue Flag status for 57 beaches. Cyprus also has some of the cleanest coastal bathing water in Europe. Beaches vary from being small quiet shingle beaches to very popular long sandy beaches. There are currently 33 beaches which have facilities and access for handicapped / disabled people, although these facilities are not generally available during the winter months. Blue Flag beaches must adhere to the safety requirement of providing sufficient lifeguards or lifesaving equipment to ensure response to an emergency anywhere on the Blue Flag beach. This is usually only provided during the summer months, and generally between the hours of 10:00 am to 18:00 pm. As well as this, recreational activities on the beach must not endanger any beach user, and the access of dogs and domestic animals to the beach must be restricted and controlled.
Cyprus does not allow dogs onto beaches at any time, accept on offically designated dog beaches. So far, beaches officially designated as dog-friendly are;
Koradjia off Kato Pyrgos
Louma opposite the Waterworld water park in Ayia Thekla
Spyros Beach south of Larnaca airport
The beach northwest of Paphos airport in Acheleia
Kampos tis Foinitzias off Neo Chorio in Paphos
And hopefully coming soon (in 2015) will be a designated dog beach at Monagroulli in Limassol
There are many beach and water activities available, but these are mostly only during the summer months of May to October. Below is a list of most of the beach / water activities that you will find available in Cyprus, however, not all beaches will offer them, and not all activities will be available at any one beach.
• Sunbathing • Swimming • Parasailing • Paragliding • Kite-surfing • Snorkeling • Scuba diving • Windsurfing • Speed boating • Dinghy sailing • Canoeing • Water ski • Jet ski • Banana boat ride • Tube ride • Relaxing boat cruises • Party boat cruises • Sea fishing trips • Yacht trips • Glass bottom boat trips • Submarine trips • Undersea walks • Basketball • Volleyball • Football • Mini football.
There is also a good selection of water parks around Cyprus which offer a variety of fun water slides, wave pools and shutes to keep both adults and children entertained during the hot summer months. All water parks provide changing rooms, showers, food and drink, shops and bars, as well as lifeguards.
Sea fishing trips can be taken from most of the tourist areas, as well as leisure boat trips, party boat trips, yachting trips, glass bottom boat trips, submarine trips, and undersea walks, however many of these are restricted to the summer months only.
If you plan to live in Cyprus and you own a small vessel or recreational craft, you must register it. Read information on registering small vessels in Cyprus.
Cyprus has more than 100 dams. Download information about the dams of Cyprus.(in pdf format, may not be compatible with mobile devices)