Complete with a sunny Mediterranean climate, shimmering turquoise waters, and a dramatic backdrop of forested mountains, Marmaris is tailor-made for a beach vacation—whether you want to sip cocktails at a beach bar, cruise around the bay, or try adrenaline-fueled water sports. Here are some of the best beaches in Marmaris.
Marmaris’ most popular beach is Long Beach (Uzunyali), and with golden sands, clear waters, and striking views across the bay, it’s a great choice. A short stroll from many Marmaris hotels and home to the huge Atlantis Water Park, visitors to Long Beach can enjoy water sports like windsurfing, Jet Skiing, wakeboarding, and parasailing, while the seafront promenade is lined with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.
Just south of Marmaris, Icmeler Beach is less crowded than the main beach, but just as lively, fronted by resort hotels, beach bars, and seafood restaurants. As well as calm waters ideal for swimming, there are opportunities for scuba diving, water skiing, and banana boat rides, as well as outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, and quad biking in the surrounding forest.
A boat trip along the Dalyan Delta makes a popular day tour from Marmaris and one of the highlights is a stop at Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach). A slim sandy beach stretching between the waters of the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean Sea, Iztuzu is a protected environmental area known for its population of rare loggerhead turtles (caretta caretta).
Boat tours around Marmaris Bay and the Adakoy peninsula stop at many of the hidden beaches and secluded coves along the coast, but none are as enchanting as Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island). The island’s pure white, silky-soft sands are made from naturally ground seashells, although legend has it that Marc Anthony had it shipped in from Egypt to impress Cleopatra.
The next beach down from Icmeler, the Blue Flag beach of Turunc is easily accessible from Marmaris and offers miles of pristine sand, calm waters for swimming, and activities to suit the whole family.