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1. Kilyos Beach
The little village of Kilyos, backing a fringe of sandy shore that laps the Black Sea, is still officially a district of the greater Istanbul metropolitan area despite being 41 kilometers to the north of the central city. For Istanbul residents, Kilyos is one of the best places to visit for a day trip focused on sun and sea during the summer months. In July and August, try to plan your Kilyos trip for a weekday, rather than a weekend, or prepare for the sand to be packed with fellow beachgoers.
Just a nine-kilometer drive west along the Black Sea coast from central Kilyos, and 42 kilometers north of Istanbul, Burç Beach is a private beach club known for its kite surfing and wide strip of groomed yellow sand.
Due to its excellent facilities and the water sports on offer, it’s a great option for both travelers looking for more things to do at the beach than sun slothing and swimming and those seeking a resort-style day on the beach with everything at your fingertips.
It’s a favorite with chic Istanbul locals due to its stylish vibe that’s all about chilled-out and sleek seaside living.
The beach club has a range of restaurants and cafés directly backing the sand, plentiful platform and terrace areas set up with beanbags and hammocks, lifeguards on-duty, and a kitesurfing operator where you can learn or rent gear.
During August weekends there’s often live music and other entertainment here as well.
3.Florya Güneş Beach
Florya Sun Beach 800 m. It serves as two parts in length. Florya Güneş Beach has 2 lifeguard towers, 1500 sun loungers, 1500 umbrellas, 42 WCs, 234 changing cabins, 48 showers, 1 security cabin, 2 buffets, 228 safety cabinets and a parking lot for 300 cars. Beach volleyball and music broadcasts are also available at Güneş Beach, which is a cool holiday corner for Istanbuls during the summer months. On the beach, security and cleaning work is routinely done every day.
Little Burgaz Adası (Burgaz Island) sits between Kinali and Heybeli islands in the Marmara Sea’s Princes Islands group. Burgaz is the second island the ferry stops at on the Princes Islands ferry route. There are small beaches dotted all around the island’s coast.
For many Princes Islands beach fans, Burgaz’s beaches rate the best out of all this island group’s sun-and-sea opportunities thanks to their laid-back vibes.
Two recommended public beaches (no entrance fees) are Burgaz Halk Beach on the eastern shore, just a 500-meter stroll south from the ferry terminal, and quieter Madam Marta Cove near the northwest tip of the island (a 1.5-kilometer walk west from the ferry).
Both have shingle and pebble shores, rather than sand, with sun loungers and shades for rent, as well as cafés and bathrooms on hand.
5. Büyük Ada
Büyük Ada (Büyük Island) is the largest of the Princes Islands and has a few different sandy strips for day trippers to choose from if they’ve chiefly arrived here to enjoy a day on the beach.
All of the beaches on the island have entrance fees. The main beaches all have shuttle boats, which wait at Büyük Ada’s ferry terminal to whizz disembarking beachgoers direct to the sand.
The most popular choice is Nakıbey Beach, which has a narrow strip of yellow sand beside a large sunbathing platform packed with sun loungers and sun shades built on top of the rocks with direct access to the sea.
There’s a restaurant and bathrooms on-site, too. The sea at the shore edge is shallow here and great for families with little ones in tow.
This island is the farthest east of the group and the last stop on the Princes Islands ferry route.
6. Caddebostan Beach
The closest stretch of sand to central Istanbul, Caddebostan Beach rims the shore of the Marmara Sea on the city’s Asian coast. The beach areas are connected and surrounded by the long shorefront swath of Dalyan Park, with its cycling and walking trails through the gardens and great kids’ playground areas.
There’s a fee for entry to the central curvy bay of grey sand, and sun loungers and sun shades are rented at very reasonable rates. A couple of cafés are on-site for snacks, drinks, and lunch.
Don’t expect a peaceful beach experience. Caddebostan Beach is a lively place on hot and sunny weekends from June to September, and the holiday vibe continues with Turkish pop music being blasted across the shore.
The water here is shallow, making this a safe choice for families with kids who want a day of splashing around in the sea.
By public transport, there are direct ferries to Bostancı (next to the very eastern edge of the park) from Kabataş and Kadıköy ferry terminals.