Before meeting my husband I worked as a marine biologist on a Sea Turtle project in Costa Rica. For 3 years I patrolled the beaches and protected the leatherback sea turtle nests from poachers. It's greatly influenced where we go when we travel because if we discover there is a turtle project we try and make a visit to see what is happening to the populations around the world. Lara Beach in Cyprus has such a project and is an amazing beach and destination to visit with the kids. Read about our experience at Lara Beach with the kids and their learning about sea turtles there.
Lara Beach Cyprus
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Lara bay is located north of Paphos heading towards the Akamas Peninsula.
It is "off road" so either visit on an organised tour or have a hire car that is suitable for the journey.
Past the turning to the Avakas Gorge and the restaurant at the headland for Lara Beach and Bay, you head off-road until you come to a car park at the top of some steps leading down to a sandy beach.
With golden soft sand and clear blue waters it's easy to understand why the sea turtles have chosen this beach to nest on for centuries.
Facilities at Lara Beach
There is a car park at the top of the beach - however that is the only facilities there.
You will need to bring everything with you and take it away again too!
The restuarant that find on the road before heading around and down the beach is the last one to get food and drink.
Although I have read that you should take an umbrella with you to provide shade I would strongly suggest against this during the sea turtle nesting season as putting the pole in the sand could be harmful to sea turtle nests.
Instead if you wish to provide shade one of the easy pack shade tents is a much better option and will not harm the nests below the surface of the sand.
We took refreshments with us in a cool bag that we had packed up at the villa before heading out to the beach.
What is there to do at Lara Beach with Kids
This was our favourite beach on Cyprus to visit with the kids.
With a bucket and spade they were able to be kids on the beach without tripping over sun loungers and other people.
We found that people that had made the journey had done so just like us to get away from the crowds of the main beaches around Paphos.
The kids loved swimming, playing in the sand and learning about the Sea Turtles in the information hut.
Learning about Sea Turtles on Lara Beach
The project at Lara Beach has been going for many years. It was one of the first I remember reading about back in the 90s and they have a lot of data to show the impact that it is having on the nesting population.
Two species of sea turtle nest on the beach - the green turtles and the loggerheads. Both of these are common in the Mediterranean.
Along the beach, you can find protected nest during the nesting season so make sure that you stay away from these.
On the beach, you can find an information booth which one of the project volunteers manned to give more information about the project, the work that the volunteers do and the sea turtles.
T loved this and asked questions to find out more about the sea turtles that nest on the island and the work that the project has done over the years.
We were lucky enough that a nest had hatched at dawn and to ensure that the hatchling turtles had the best possible success they were kept until dusk to be released to the ocean. Which meant seeing the sea turtle hatchlings in person during the day.
What to see and do around Lara Beach on Cyprus
Our top thing to do is visit the Avakas Gorge. Read all about this amazing natural wonder and the short journey we took into it and what the kids thought of it.
Looking to explore the area more then check out these tours below from Get Your Guide. The Beach Buggy tour will take you right to Lara Beach so that you can explore the area as well.
Lara Beach with Kids
This was our favourite beach on Cyprus. Unlike the others, we visited it was empty of crowds and sun loungers. The kids loved to learn about sea turtles and swim in the waters.
- Less crowded than other beaches on Cyprus we visited
- Wild and beautiful
- Soft golden sand
- Learning about Sea Turtles
- No facilities
- A bit of a trek to get there (which is why it's less crowded)