There are a great variety of beaches of outstanding natural beauty, from long sandy stretches, to intimate rocky coves and pink fringed lagoons all with crystal clear turquoise water. You can choose from those with facilities, sunbeds and parasols, showers and beach bars or those as yet untouched by tourism.
Mavros molos is the central town beach of Kissamos, sandy and very pleasant with facilities, tavernas, cafes and shallow water.
Damiali is a small pebbly bay with rocks and crystal clear sea a few kilometers west of the town centre. It is named after the church of St.John Damiali set in the rock face and is reached on foot through a small tunnel that leads from the courtyard of the church.
Livadia is not a beach exactly but a sandy area a few kilometers from the centre of Kissamos with access via a dirt track.
Telonio is the central seafront promenade in Kissamos and during the summer months is the main focus of the town. The beach is pebbly and despite its great position is not an organized beach.
Balos – The lagoon of Balos is an area of outstanding natural beauty with shallow turquoise waters and white, and in some places, even pink sand. It was created when Crete lifted in the west by approximately 9 metres and tipped down in the east thousands of years ago. Reached by a daily boat trip from the port of Kissamos the journey there also includes a visit to the island of Gramvousa. Alternatively you can drive on an unmade road from the village of Kaliviani and walk the last 30 minutes down to the beach on a path.
Viglia is a beach a few kilometers west of the centre of Kissamos and has crystal clear sea and a combination of sand and stones. Although the beach is not an organized one it now has a dive centre operating from it.
Falasarna – Together with Elafonissi, Falassarna is probably the most famous beach in Crete and indeed Greece. Well deserved of its fame due to the vast expanse of fine sand and crystal clear open sea. It is 15km from Kissamos and lies on the far west coast of Crete. It has various different beaches all with fine sand and some with rocks, and there are facilities, cafes and tavernas. In recent years Falassarna has also hosted an annual beach party on the first Saturday in August which has become famous throughout Greece and Europe.
Sfinari on the west coast is a pebbly beach with a wild beauty and fabulous sunsets.
Elafonisi – One of the most famous beaches on Crete, Elafonissi has an exotic feel with its white and pink sand, lagoons and shallow crystal clear turquoise sea. It is a beach with facilities and small beach bars for snacks and drinks.
Korfalonas is an extensive pebbly beach with a few beach tavernas.
Nopigia is sandy and in some areas organized.
Drapanias is sandy and organized with a few cafes and tavernas.
The above three are east of the centre of Kissamos.