Bodrum's Harbour and Marina
Bodrum's harbourfront and marina are full of hustle and bustle with bracing sea breezes to counteract the hot sun, The boats are packed tightly like sardines and a sea of masts and red flags sway in the wind. From luxury yachts to small speedboat, every conceivable type of craft is here but mostly it's the gorgeous wooden Turkish gulets, used for cruises up and down the coast. These are really magnificent, full of gleaming polished wood and smart navy awnings and having a trip on one, however short,is an absolute must. Round the corner are the ferries and hydrofoils for Kos and Rhodes and you can buy tickets from several places along the pier.
This is an ideal place to stop for a drink and soak up the atmosphere. It's also a good place to shop around and compare prices for boat trips. Prices vary along with destinations but most of them go to some of the neighbouring islands and make several stops for swimming.
Packing for Bodrum!
Try to leave a wee bit of space in your case for any bargains you might find (leather goods are everywhere in Bodrum). Weather starts to rise from mid 20's in June to low 40's in August. Beach wear obviously required but take cool clothes for the evenings as even a short walk makes you "glow"! No rain at all in the summer months along the Aegean so leave the brolly and raincoat at home. Bodrum has a couple of excellent pharmacies and some very large well stocked supermarkets so I would say to bring the bare minimum of toiletries (unless you have a particular taste in sun screen). You can get many famous brands but beware the fake stuff from smaller shops. You can buy very cheap toys (lilo's etc) from the beach front shops. Food shopping in Bodrum is fine. Many UK branded foods are available so if you are self catering there is plenty of choice.
Actually there is no obvious gay life here in Bodrum but it is a summer meeting place of gay&lesbian people from all over Turkey.. There is no social pressure except "typical strange looks" but again it is better to be more cautious.. just as you wish...
Transport from Bodrum airport
If you arrive in Bodrum airport on your own without pre-arranged transportation through a tour company, expect to pay a lot to get to your hotel. Havas does run busses from the airport, but if you have 3 or 4 people it is just as “cheap” to take a taxi. In 2006, a taxi from the airport to our hotel in Gumbet cost us 60 USD.
A secret garden...
Now in its 6th year, has one of the best reputations in town and are to be found down a small street opposite the Marina. The tasty food prepared by the English owner\chef, Helen, is Mediterannean. The sort of dishes you are likely to find are frogs legs in garlic, moules marinieres, grilled goat's cheese with tapenade, lamb with garlic, chicken with wild mushroom risotto, baked sea bass followed by their famous chocolate nemesis, creme brullee or rose icecream. The comfortable chairs in the romantic garden allowing you to sit for hours enjoying every last morsel down to the home made chocolate truffles.