First and foremost beaches are associated with swimming and sunbathing. Quite a few of them are scenic or outstanding at a special time. Share your favorite beach which you already experienced.
May, June and September it is less crowded. If you go by car morning and afternoon are more enjoyable. Daily boat tours are offered from mid May until mid September from Kissamos. It's only a short stop at Balos. In spring many different flowers are in bloom.
Very crowded! Try to be there as early as possible or later in the evening for a walk. Crowds are even worse in the high season.
Summertime, if you are hiking the trail along the bluffs you'll be in and out of shaded areas. The bugs won't be too bad because of the breeze off the lake.
Wharariki Beach is truly a stunning place. The beach got more popular due to the Windows 10 Wallpapers. Anyhow, it's pretty remote and far to drive, the reason that's still not overrun. It's a 2 hours drive more than 100 km from Kaiteriteri and an hour from Kataka. If you are looking for one of the most breathtaking beaches with view people only except during summer from December to February, you should come here for a whole day or at least a couple of hours. Most people visit the beach for the awesome sunset!
When the tide is going out, you can hike along the entire beach and getting access to several caves. It's very rare that you get pretty close to all of the Archway Islands during low tide. It depends on the sea level. Be aware it's not safe for swimming due to rip currents. Bring a windproof jacket it's extremely windy! Tide times
Where to Stay
Either you can stay next to the Beach at the Wharariki Holiday Park which is quite basic but beautifully situated or chose The Innlet, Country Apartments, Cottages, and Farmhouse Villa Hostel. The location of the property is excellent while you visit Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit look no further.
All year round, beach and nature exploring. Best time to visit during the dry season Nov./Dec. until April. Avoid weekends it is a popular beach for the locals. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.
De Hoop is a year-round destination. From October until March it is great to swim in tide pools at low tide. Summer is also the time with little rainfall. The chance of increasing precipitation starts in May and lasts until September with its peak in August. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot summer, mild winter and most rain occurs in the winter time.