Just outside Bodrum you will find the small bay of Bardakçi (the local Turkish word for water seller). Bardakçi has some luxury hotels, smaller friendly hotels and varied seaside restaurants surrounding a really beautiful sandy beach. There is a local daily boat service to Bardakçi and it is only a few minutes walk over the hill between the marina and Gümbet if you feel that way inclined!
sleeping under the sun... the sound of waves take you to a mysterious trip to its depths... it is a cheerful "ninni" of the fairies... can you hear the songs of stirring muses? with the endless blue and green..
for a fresh breath
Bitez lies 7 km west of Bodrum, in the bay next to Gumbet. The winds here are particularly favorable for windsurfing and several water sports operators are based here.
The beach is sandy, with plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas for sunbathing,
Away from the beach it is possible to wander through mandarin orange groves where oxen plough and life continues as before.
The village itself is a 15 minute walk, or short drive, inland and remains totally unspoiled by tourism...
First time I stayed at Torba, and only went to our hotel beach in Torba. All the other times I have been in Bodrum I have stayed inside the town.
To my surprise (aug. 2004) they have gotten the beach back next to the main(walking)road before you get to Halikarnasos (walking from the Castle). There is also a beach down at the other side of the hill where Halikarnasos is. (Bathing opportunities also at Halikarnasos, but you might be a guest there?). I haven't been to the west side of Bodrum harbour.
Around the peninsula there are a lot of bays with bigger or smaller beaches.
I'v been to most of the beaches and can't complain on none of them. Even the few beaches with a bit “mud” in the sand is quite clear, and doesn’t scare me off bathing (I’m scared of the sea!).
If you’re going to any resort, I guess the most important thing is the beach. In Turgutreis, each hotel has its own private beach, so you won’t really have any problems. Many of the bars also have private beaches which are very nice, and of course you have public beaches. One thing I didn’t like about public beach is that are some Turkish man likely to stare at girls! Don’t get me wrong, they are not dangerous or anything like that, just can be really boring sometimes.
This was a funny thing… There were a lot of lifeguard towers on the beach, but I haven’t seen any lifeguards there!