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Rhodes and the Dodecanese's Best Beaches
The "Twelve Islands" have lured visitors since ancients from around the world came to be healed at the Asklepieion on Kos and medieval crusaders took shelter in Rhodes. Today, instead, sun-worshippers, drawn every year by miles of golden strands, enjoy a sandtastic choice of islands and beach experiences.
A pick-your-pleasure principle applies here. If you want a beach experience enhanced with water sports, head to Kos or Rhodes. Both islands are fringed with soft sands that are the launching pads for jet skiers, water-skiers, and snorkelers. On Rhodes, Elia and Falakari fill this bill; on Kos, Tingaki and Kardamena are action-packed, and just plain packed as well. Symi's and Patmos's low-key beaches suit the islands' peaceful moods. Symi's beaches are pebbly, but most are wonderfully secluded, and many are reached only by boat; the 24 sand-and-pebble beaches on Patmos are accessible by boat, car, or on foot, but they are no less pristine.
Good to Know
On Patmos and Symi, you can reach many out-of-the-way beaches by caïque.
Walk along the main harbors and look for signs advertising beach excursions.
You pay about €15 for the trip, which will take you to the beach in the morning and return in the afternoon.
A few captains will throw snorkeling gear into the deal.
Some beaches have summertime tavernas, but it is best to bring your own picnic lunch.
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