Gümbet is the closest beach to Bodrum and offers a long, sandy beach lined with hotels and pensions, as well as a wide choice of lively bars and restaurants. If your kids (or you) are keen on watersports, Gümbet is a great destination, where you’ll find parasailing, ringo, waterskiing and more.
GümüSlük is very popular for its secluded setting. After it was designated an archaeological site, no major buildings have been allowed to alter the landscape, which makes for a very pleasant place to stay, with unspoilt scenery, a long sand and gravel beach and a excellent fish restaurants right on the seafront.
Turgutreis boasts a new marina complete with exclusive cafes and boutiques. Though not very sandy, the beach is popular with families, as the sea is shallow quite a way out, making it safer for young children. For a more peaceful alternative, there is also a long, sandy beach near the lighthouse on the way to Akyarlar.
Yalıkavak is positioned on the north-western corner of the peninsula, 18km from Bodrum, meaning it is one of the least-developed spots in the area. With fewer hotels and self-catering apartments, and it’s a great destination if you’re looking for a holiday away from the crowds.
Formerly two separate neighbouring seaside villages, Gölköy and Türkbükü, Göltürkbükü is famous for its array of exclusive hotels, excellent seafront restaurants and trendy bars. Its beachfront cafes and hotels are havens for the jet-set, with fantastic views of the beautiful bay.
On a bay a few kilometres west of Bodrum, is Bitez, which attracts an older, more upmarket crowd. The gently sloping beach has wooden piers for swimming, and is also home to a popular windsurfing and sailing school; its sheltered cove and shallow water is perfect for beginners.