The closest sand beach to Ia is handy when you don't feel like making trip to more famous beaches on the south end of the island. It's not that there's anything second-rate about this beautiful spot: the cliff-backed strip of sand is rarely crowded; the sea floor is sandy, too, providing nice wading for kids and a pleasant experience when splashing around in the surf; and the cliffs provide welcome shade. A downside is the summertime meltemi winds, which churn up the surf and sand. Islanders used to grow fruits and vegetables down here, and the name comes from the Turkish word for garden, "baxes." Amenities: food and drink; parking (free). Best for: swimming; surfing (at times).
on coast below town, Ia, Santorini, 84702, Greece