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My top three beaches on Zakynthos

If you’re looking for beautiful beaches on the Greek island of Zakynthos (also known as Zante), you’ll be spoilt for choice, but I’m only going to share with you my personal top three. Even at the end of the season when it may not be hot enough to swim, it’s great to walk along them and feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes.

Bear in mind that I normally visit the island in low season and this October I practically had the beaches to myself. If you’re there in July and August you’ll get a different experience, as all the beaches are busy, but some are more packed than others.

Gerakas beach
At the south-east tip of the island, this beach is part of the Marine park of Zakynthos and is known for the Carretta Carretta turtles that nest there. No building is allowed above the beach and sun-loungers are kept well away from the nesting sites. If you’re lucky you may see turtles while swimming from the beach. There’s a nice taverna nearby and an information centre for the turtles next door, run by the Earth, Sea and Sky conservation network.

Gerakas beach

Dafni beach
The steep and winding dirt road down to Dafni beach is not for the faint-hearted and personally I’d not risk it on a moped. Because of the difficult access and the fact that it is also protected for the turtles, this is likely to be the least crowded, even in high season. It’s a wide and long beach and there are just two or three beach bars where you can sip your cool drink in the shade while gazing out to sea.

Dafni beach on Zakynthos

Porto Zoro beach
This is a smaller beach with easy road access near Vassilikos but I like the fact that it is not too developed, with just a couple of beach bars. The large rocks at one end are great for swimming and snorkeling around.

Porto Zoro beach, Vassilkos

Because I’m visiting my sister in Argassi, all these beaches are at the south-east end of the island, but there are plenty more lovely ones along the north-east coast. The best way to explore them is with a hire car, although there are also public buses that run to most of them a few times each day.

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    The best Zakynthos beaches
    December 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I liked Gerakas beach so much, but i think that beaches like Navagio (Shipwreck) or Makris Gialos and Ksigia beach is also amazing with crystal blue waters! Don’t loose also Limnionas!His beauty is unique!!!
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      Heather Cowper
      December 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      @ Best Zakynthos Beaches – I think Limnionas was our favourite place to swim although it’s not really a beach

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    Best Zakynthos Beaches
    December 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I agree with you maybe you cannot tell that is a beach, but how else can we include this place for swim in Zante? 🙂
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    Grecia
    November 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    That is what is so wonderful about Greece, no matter how often you visit, you will always discover something new.

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    Patricia Jackson
    August 28, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Hi,
    I’m loving your blog pages, so helpful!
    Please can you tell me how far it is to the nearest sandy beach from Windmill Bay, we have booked 4 weeks from end of July 2016. The Gerakas beach looks like an adventure for my boy’s aged 11,12 & 16
    Kind regards,
    Patricia

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