What can I say about Mykonos. There were things we saw on the island that we’d never be able to write about. If you want to party, Mykonos is the place for you. We visited the island with five other friends, and it was the perfect party weekend getaway. Mykonos is a frequent stop on a host of Greek ferry cruises, as tourists see this as a must-do party spot in the Greek islands. And if you’re here for the party agenda, head no further than Paradise beach.
This is going to be a shorter post than our other articles on Kefalonia, Santorini, Syros, or Aegina, because, frankly speaking, we didn’t do much else during our weekend trip to Mykonos than enjoy the sun and party.
If you’re there to party, do: stay on Paradise Beach
There are plenty of overpriced rooms and campsites (yup, you read that right!) right by Paradise beach. We stayed literally five feet from Paradise beach, which was perfect for those hung over mornings and beach party evenings. The beach is pumping with music all day, every day, with plenty of bars, and outdoor beach clubs and bars. If you want two days of non-stop partying and dancing on tables, look no further. The rooms are pricey but clean, and you pay for their party-worthy location. And remember, basically anything goes on Mykonos!
Consider staying in Platys Gialos if you want a more restful stay
There is another side to Mykonos, however. Our friends weren’t able to find last minute accommodation on Paradise Beach so they ended up on the other side of the island, at Artemoulas Studios, which was a beautiful spot. If we were to visit Mykonos again, personally, we would stay closer to Platys Gialos!
This is a quieter side of Mykonos (no music even!) and you CAN spend a restful weekend relaxing by the pool if you prefer. We highly recommend Platys Gialos.
Don’t: Underestimate taxi fares
The only downside to staying away from Paradise Beach is that you’d have to take a taxi or bike to enjoy the party scene. Taxis tend to be extremely expensive on the island, and drivers tend to capitalize on the fact that most people leaving Paradise Beach are pretty wasted. So take care of yourself, and your belongings, and discuss prices before you get into a taxi in Mykonos.
Do: Visit the supermarket
Standard upscale restaurants and breakfast places are few and far between so we recommend hitting the supermarkets for budgeted breakfasts. Speaking of, the beach bars and clubs are open and have no cover charge, while the more upscale clubs tend to be quite pricey.
You can consider renting a car if you prefer to drive around and explore the island a bit. Mykonos is in the end a party island so you’re better off visiting here if you’re into the party scene, and visiting other Greek islands such as Santorini, Syros, Kefalonia if you’re into more cultural experiences.
Do: Stay in Paradise Beach if you’re there to party literally 24/7. Stay in Platys Gialos if you need a respite from the parties.
Don’t: Underestimate taxi fares if you’re traveling around the island. Negotiate prices before you get in.
Do: Visit the supermarkets for snacks and breakfasts on the cheaper end.
A note on conscious tourism in Mykonos: From what we saw and experienced, there is a lot to be desired in terms of conscious tourism in Mykonos. Since it is geared towards the party-culture, there are enormous amount of litter around the hot spots such as Paradise Beach. We would argue that partying while traveling consciously is possible, and would hope that party-goers would be more conscious (about where they put their beers, where they stay etc.) during their days (and nights) partying on this beautiful island. These types of areas are exactly where conscious travelers are needed most!
Thank you to my friends Katharina and Sani for their pictures of our trip!
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