Cyprus is already famous for its sandy beaches and leisure opportunities. Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca or Ayia Napa are only a few of the resorts that attract millions of tourists every year. Coral Bay is one of these beautiful sandy beaches in Paphos with scenic rocks and turquoise waters.
In this article, I take a closer look into Coral Bay Cyprus, its geographical location, how to reach it from major cities like Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol, and Nicosia, a selection of nearby hotels, and a curated list of activities to make the most of your visit.
Where in Cyprus Is Coral Bay?
Coral Bay is a very beautiful coastal area on the western side of Cyprus. Located about 12 km north from Paphos, Coral Bay is easy to reach by bus or car.
If you drive from Coral Bay to Paphos, you can take a detour to visit Aphrodite Baths and the Akamas National Park of Cyprus.
Click here to see Coral Bay on the map and to get its geographical coordinates.
Hotels near Coral Bay Cyprus
Coral Beach Hotel & Resort
Coral Beach Hotel & Resort in Coral Bay is the biggest hotel in the area. It overlooks the bay and the beach and it is so big that you can’t miss it.
The Coral Beach hotel features one indoor swimming pool, a spa, two outdoor pools (one of them with water slides), as well as 4 bars and 6 restaurants. Most of their guests seemed happy with their choice. Nonetheless, it seems that the rooms are outdated, with not enough power outlets to cater to all of the gadgets modern guests may carry.
The location, though, is fabulous. Click here to see Coral beach Hotel & Resort, to check out the reviews and to see the price for your desired period.
Panareti Coral Bay Resort
Panareti Coral Bay Resort isn’t located right on the Coral Bay but at about 1 km distance. If you have a car, you’ll be fine. however, if you need to walk to Coral Bay beach, you’d better make sure you’re fit and willing to put in the effort.
One of the best things that recommend Panareti Coral Bay resort is their heated indoor swimming pool. You’ll be fine even in case of rainy weather or during shoulder seasons when sea water is a bit too cold to swim comfortably.
Arya Seaview Apartment in the heart of Coral Bay
Arya Seaview is a beachfront vacation home comprising one bedroom, one living room, one kitchen and one bathroom. The apartment also has a garden for the guests to relax.
Click here to check out the prices and to book your stay.
As there are limited things to do in Coral Bay, I had chosen to stay in Paphos and to visit this sandy beach by bus.
Things To Do in Coral Bay Cyprus
Here are a few ideas to help you make the most out of your time in Coral Bay.
Enjoy the beach and the sea
The sandy beach at Coral Bay is excellent but too small to cater to the large number of people willing to grab a spot in the sun here.
I’ve been on Coral Beach in June and I found it crowded for that time of the year. Nonetheless, the crowd was mainly in the organized beach section, where sunbeds and umbrellas are.
A few meters away, near the rocks, there are fewer people. It was easy for me to find a place to lay my sheet on the beach.
You don’t need to have accommodation in the area to find food and drinks. Also, there are public toilets on the beach and they are very clean (or at least they were spotless during my time in Coral Bay).
Watersports: Canoe, jet-ski, parasailing etc
There’s a water sports center right on the beach. You can choose your favorite entertainment such as banana rides, sofa rides, jet-ski, parasailing, and canoe.
I’m a big fan of canoe, but this time I had to pass, because I was traveling alone and I had my camera with me.
See the Edro III Shipwreck
There’s a basic road leading to this place where the Edro III shipwreck is.
From the end of the road where you leave your car, you need to walk for about 200 m more to get to the shore and to see the shipwreck. As you arrive to Oniro Restaurant, take the footpath to the abandoned shipwreck.
Unfortunately, swimming to the ship isn’t possible, due to extremely strong currents in the area.
See the Sea Caves of Paphos
The best thing to do is to book a table and have dinner at the Sea Caves Restaurant in Pegeia (alternative spelling Peyia).
You’ll need a car, as the sea caves are outside Kato Paphos. However, if you’re in Coral Bay, you can walk along the coastline, as there’s a path to one of these caves, the Seal cave (spilios tis fokenas).
The tall rocky shore features lots of caves and stone formations that look like creative sculptures. Photographers will love it here, as the scenery is truly impressive.
Visit Maa Palaiokastro & the Mycenaean Settlement of Cyprus
The Mycenaean settlement that costs 2.5 Euro to visit. Dating back from 1200 BCE, it was built by Greek refugees from the Aegean islands.
The building is interesting, but keep in mind that there are no artifacts inside it. You’ll only see a big, empty space with pictures hanging on the walls, depicting the colonization of Cyprus by Greeks.
If you don’t have too much time on your hands, you may skip Maa Palaiokastro in favor of other things to do.
The beachfront restaurant seems to be the favorite of young couples willing to make their vows in a romantic setting. Wedding party tables are set under a white canopy that makes such a nice contrast with the blue of the sea!
I had to leave before the guests arrived, but I can easily imagine how cool it is to get married in such a beautiful venue.
How To Get to Coral Bay from Paphos
There’s a bus line going directly to Coral Bay from Paphos.
The bus stop is near the Tombs of the Kings. Buses come every 10 minutes. The ride takes about 35 minutes and it costs 2 Euro.
If you drive, expect to get to Coral Bay in about 15-20 minutes. There’s a big parking at Coral Bay, but I’m not sure whether that’s free of charge.
How To Get from Paphos Airport to Coral Bay
If you want to go to Coral Bay straight from the airport, I recommend you to take a shuttle. This costs about 15 – 20 Euro and the ride takes 30-40 minutes.
It is possible to go by bus, but you’d need to change lines in Paphos, the total journey duration being more than 1.5 hours.
This is my travel guide about Coral Bay Cyprus. I liked the beach very much, but only as a day trip from Paphos. The highlight of my trip was the Kato Paphos Archeological site with the coastal walk (which I understood is closed for now).
Another big favorite of mine is Larnaca, with its lovely cats and great food. Here’s my guide to Larnaca, should you intend to visit this beach resort in Cyprus.
However, if you want an isolated spot without the nightlife and the city vibes, you may give Coral Bay a try.