There are a large number of beaches and swimming coves of diverse
quality all around Karpathos, everything from solitary coves with
white powdery sand to pebbly and gravel beaches with sunbeds. You have
to leave the tourist resorts to get to the really nice beaches - by your
own vehicle or by beach boat. North of Pigadia are four gems in a row:
Achata, Kato Lakos, Kyra Panagia and Apella. Other nice beaches are the
double beach of Diakofti near the airport and Agios Nikolaos near the
village of Arkasa. Do you like to windsurf, head to Makris Gialos, which
attracts novices and experienced windsurfers.
Note that the beaches at Agios Nikolaos, Amopi, Diafani,
Finiki, Lefkos and Pigadia are described under the
heading of Villages.