beaches and beach clubs
The Kalkan area has several beautiful beaches. A very pleasant pebbly public beach with crystal-clear water is located adjacent to Kalkan’s harbour; it (and the surrounding water) has earned a Blue Flag award for cleanliness. The water depth drops off close to the shore, so you don’t have to walk over the pebbles for long. Many cafés are nearby and sun beds with umbrellas are available for rent.
Otherwise, hop on a “dolmuş” (a Turkish minibus – cheap, frequent and very convenient) and head for one of the two beaches near Kalkan
Gorgeous Kaputaş Beach is a lovely sandy swimming cove nestled at the foot of a striking mountain gorge, about 10 minutes from Kalkan. This is the beach often pictured in travel brochures for Turkey, although it doesn’t get crowded as one would expect. The water is always a brilliant colour of turquoise. Umbrellas can be hired here and a few enterprising locals sell snacks and cold drinks. Dolmuþes (shared minibuses) make frequent runs to this beach daily from the centre of Kalkan. Quite a few steps lead down to the beach, so take this into consideration if you have a walking problem
Another option, Patara Beach, part of a national park, is a beautiful 12 kilometre stretch of sand backed by dunes with only a small snack shop/tea house built upon it (it also rents out umbrellas and sunbeds). It was voted one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online – Best of 2005Some very nice Lycian ruins are a short stroll away, part of the national park. Patara was once an important port city of ancient Lycia and the ruins there are quite extensive. The beach is closed after sunset as it is one of the few places in the world where the endangered Loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. Dolmuþes (minibuses) make frequent runs to this beach daily from the centre of Kalkan
Beach Clubs and Swimming Pools - Kalkan has several beach clubs, making it easy to enjoy the sea, with wonderful paved platform terraces and gardens cut into the bottom of the mountainside, with ladders going into the sea. They offer everything from swimming and sunbathing to water sports and restaurant/bar facilities, with sunbed and umbrellas for hire. The beach clubs across the bay have free water taxi service that you can pick up in the harbour.
You can find water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, Ringo and Banana near Kalkan’s beach clubs
Kalamar Beach Club - (located in a quiet turquoise cove of Kalamar Bay) take a taxi to Kalamar beach club, and the club will pay the fare for you, and when you are ready to go home, the club's minibus will take you back to your accommodation. There are kayaks, pedalos sunbeds and showers available for use included in the entry fee. Food and drink are reasonably priced and this beach club is especially popular with families with children or young adults. Snorkelling is pretty good here – you can see some beautiful fish, starfish and other creatures (snorkles for rent),
Kalkan Dive Centre and their joint company, Aquasports offer everything from scuba diving to jet skis and private boat hire to trampolines. Book a diving trip with the team and find stingrays, turtles and starfish around reefs and islands, with visibility of up to 30m in clear blue water and sea temperatures between 18 - 30C
Indigo Beach Club located just past the harbour wall and walkable from the old town is now a modern beach club with a restaurant, sunbed platforms and water sports and there is an entrance fee. The upper terrace holds the restaurant and the lower terrace, with direct access into the sea, has sunbeds and parasols. A great place for a late afternoon drink watching the boats coming back to harbour. Water sports are available to book such as ringoes, bananna boat& jet skis. Club facilities are free
Yali Beach Club - with a restaurant, bar, sun beds and beautiful views across the bay, A great place to spend a day chilling out. Perched on the rocky mountainside above the water, has swimming platforms with direct access to the beautiful clear blue sea, comfortable sun loungers and an Ottoman seating area where you can hide away in the shade with a glass of chilled wine. So when you feel like spending a day by the sea without the sand on your feet, take a short stroll down the hill and experience peace and tranquillity at its best. The platforms are made of decking and they are set at different levels for added privacy. Open 7 days a week from morning until night and the restaurant serves everything from breakfast to evening meals. Yali Beach Club is more suited for couples/adults.
Palm Beach Club - just across from the harbour, is a contemporary, family friendly club with a restaurant and bar facilities. Free water taxis operate from the harbour during the day, and they also offer free taxi pick up and return from your accommodation in Kalkan. They will open a tab for you when you arrive and the sunbed charge will be put onto the tab. There are platforms for sunbathing, cushioned sunloungers, table tennis, shower facilities and they offer a range of watersports. A trampoline in the warm sea keeps children entertained throughout the day and weekly BBQ evenings with fresh fish and a choice of meat bring families together. It is a great place to watch the sunset behind the mountains and Kalkan light up in the evening whilst enjoying a chilled glass of wine or a cool Efes.
Patara Prince Beach Club - one of the largest beach clubs, with shoreline sunbathing platforms, two sea water swimming pools (including an adult only pool) and a sea front restaurant. Visitors can get a water taxi from the harbour and they will take you straight to the beach club (there is a charge for the taxi and for the use of the club facilities).
Villa Mahal Beach Club - to the left of Kalkan bay, further up the coast, offers a waterside restaurant and water sports. Sunbathing platforms lined with olive trees offer space to relax and soak up the sun, and ladders from the terraces go straight into the sea. There is a water taxi from the harbour which takes you across to Mahal and there is a charge for hiring sun beds.
Kalkan Beach Park - very popular and many locals offer free water taxi services from the harbour and free sunbeds. There is a small beach area where you can walk into the shallow waters and there is a water slide to keep the children entertained. Water-sports are also available in peak summertime. A restaurant serves homemade chips, pizza and other snacks and always has plenty of chilled drinks.