Bodrum Tourist Traps

  • Points of interest in Bodrum Peninsula.
    Points of interest in Bodrum Peninsula.
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    Gumbet, Bitez and Karaincir Beaches

    by voyageur2 Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    Points of interest in Bodrum Peninsula.

    Nightlife in Gumbet is quite entertaining. But I cannot say the same thing for beach. Sandy coast is well arranged. But sea is not proper for swimming. Especialy during high season pollution increases because of crowd and boats. Bitez have similar problems too. Sand quality is very low. In addition to stray dogs walking along the seaside and sometimes swimming, muddy sea base and unwanted objects (excrement) are noticeable. Hence the sea may cause health problems. Karaincir is a scene of robbery(like Bitez). After parking your vehicle next to a beach, a boy comes and asks you for parking fee. Parking place is not worth to pay actualy, you see only dust and pebbles. Then you go to take a deckchair and another boy asks for another payment and adds that if you have a lunch costs TL25-30 (Euro12 approx.) you will not pay for deckchair. It is hard to understand this mentality. They limitates our activities and joy surely. They have not the right to define our spending habit. Anyone who is new to Karaincir may easily fall into this trap. Beach deserves far more than the brains of restaurant owners. Anyway don't be pessimistic about all the peninsula! You will have many alternatives. There are free and clean beaches ragning from Akyarlar to Turgutreis.

    Unique Suggestions: Stay at land or go to other beaches of Bodrum. There is a pretty public beach in Akyarlar(a few kilometers ahead). If you want to sunbathe on a deckchair anyway, try Camel Beach (Deve Plaji) in Kargi. Atmosphere is good with friendly staff and crystal clear water and real sands. Deckchair fee is TL5 (Euro 2.5 approx.) and personnel is quite friendly. Beauty of the sea will be always in your memories when you go back home...

    Fun Alternatives: Akyarlar Beach-Public and free place, beware of waves.
    Torba Beach-Small pebbles, clear waters.
    Ortakent-Cool but crystal clear waters.
    Kargi-A good sandy beach with camels. I strongly recommend Akpinar Restaurant. You can also experience camel riding.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

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    Emotional Selling

    by Lyndra Written May 22, 2007

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    Try not to be too taken in by the large numbers of street sellers that wander round Bodrum from early evening into the wee small hours. Cute children and old ladies try to sell you flowers and bracelets and the young children in particular can be quite intense. Some bar owners will get rid of them if they are harrassing you but others encourage the practice. It can be quite overpowering, especially when the children are often dressed very shabbily and look in need - there is a pressure to buy. They appear at the bars near bar street every evening and often the bars a little outside the centre.

    Unique Suggestions: The best way we have avoided the continued hassle is to buy one bracelet early on in your trip and have it handy to wear when the sellers are lurking. This way you can say no without being too grumpy about it and show them you have bought already.

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    Excursions

    by Lyndra Written May 16, 2007

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    Try to book your excursions (to Dalyan, Ephesus, Pammukale etc) with your tour operator or a travel agency recommended to you. There are so many people in Bodrum offering to sell you excursions at a fraction of the price of the tour operator but all is not what it seems and you may find that you see less of the site and more of the carpet warehouse or Jewellery discount store!! Ask lots of questions about insurance and what you get for the money before you book. Avoid paying all the money up front unless you really have to. The Turkish urge to sell often belies the hidden flaws (such as taking you to the Jewellery store you didn't want to go to and leaving you there in the hot sun for ages while the grumpy guide tries to find the coach etc). Stick with the tour operator - it will cost more but will invariably be better quality!

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    Forget peaceful shopping

    by Martino100 Written Jan 24, 2004

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    You can forget windowshopping or just go in a store and have a look when you go shopping in Bodrum.
    From the instant you stop before a store salesmen come out and want to drag you in their store and make you buy stuff. You will here the phrases 'Hello where you from' and 'I will make a nice price for u' a lot.
    The same in most restaurants and bars.

    Unique Suggestions: If you're not intrested in buying something just walk away when they start talking to you and say you're not intrested.

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    Gumbet Money Exchange

    by Lyndra Written Nov 21, 2007

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    Be very, very careful when you change money in some exchange offices that promise no commission. My sister was cheated by the exchange office at the bottom of bar street in Gumbet (opposite Central Bar). I had no difficulties here but my sister lost YTL on a bad exchange - she didn't realise until we walked away and compared our transactions but by then it was too late to rectify the mistake.

    Unique Suggestions: Check the exchange rate and if possible calculate the expected amount on a calculator (I used my mobile phone) - this way you can tell them what to give you and it avoids all confusion and possible loss of money on your part.
    Check the money you receive in front of the exchange office teller.

    Fun Alternatives: Use your credit or debit card in Turkey (although this does incur a charge)
    Change money at a recommended and reputable office or your hotel

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  • THE BODRUM MUSEUM OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY

    by arthur40 Updated Apr 29, 2003

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    MUSEUM OF UNDERWATER ARCHAELOGY in BODRUM:
    Fifty-two museums from all over Europe were entered in the "European Museum of the Year Award "95" competition; forty-five were declared eligible to compete and twelve went into the final round. The Bodrum Underwater Archealogy, representing Turkey, survived the initial selection process, bekam one of twelfe finalist and was awarded a "Certificate of Special Commendation 1995" at the competition finals held on June 10 in Sweden.

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    Always negociate about the price

    by Nelson1979 Written Apr 24, 2005

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    In Turkey there is no law on copyright which means that on the street you will find tons of shops selling fake designer clothes, bags, shoes, etc. Still some will try to tell you its the real one (since some copies are perfect) and will try to sell it to you for nearly the same price as the original!! Never buy something expensive at those shops, you can better buy it in the real shops for a bit more money and be assured that its real. If you wanna buy a fake designer shirt for example then always try to get down the price, they start high and its normal to discuss the price till its lower. Try it, it works!!

    Unique Suggestions: Discuss the price and when you are in a doubt just dont do it! There are more shops and more occasions where you will be able to buy the same!

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    Always negociate about the price

    by Nelson1979 Written Apr 24, 2005

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    copy-cats

    In Turkey there is no law on copyright which means that on the street you will find tons of shops selling fake designer clothes, bags, shoes, etc. Still some will try to tell you its the real one (since some copies are perfect) and will try to sell it to you for nearly the same price as the original!! Never buy something expensive at those shops, you can better buy it in the real shops for a bit more money and be assured that its real. If you wanna buy a fake designer shirt for example then always try to get down the price, they start high and its normal to discuss the price till its lower. Try it, it works!!

    Unique Suggestions: Discuss the price and when you are in a doubt just dont do it! There are more shops and more occasions where you will be able to buy the same!

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    The airport 'Shopping Mall'

    by adelinemmc Updated Aug 24, 2007

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    Once you have passed passport control at Bodrum Milas airport, the prices are all in euros and they are incredibly high, both in the cafeteria and the souvenir shop. I cannot comment on the duty free shop prices as I did not buy anything there.

    Examples in July 2007:
    one large beer = 12 euros!
    a crap plastic toy: 15 euros!
    a box of Turkish delights= 6 euros! (price in Bodrum = 5 or 5 liras i.e almost half the price)

    Unique Suggestions: Ask to pay in liras, it will be cheaper than euros. Do not buy any food, it all looked greasy and pricey.

    Fun Alternatives: Buy what you want to bring back in Bodrum in liras. You will have a better selection and save money. If you have forgotten to buy souvenirs, then buy something in the little shop near the toilets BEFORE passport control where the selection is almost as good and prices are in liras and more realistic!

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    Paradise Bay near Atami hotel - expensive trip...

    by dd99 Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    We read a tip about the amazing bay "Paradise bay" near the atami hotel (near Golturkbuku). We drove to the village and following a tough uphill road (jeeps are an advantage here...) for 15 mins until we got to the hotel. The bay (I assume) is accessible via a path from the hotel - but the receptionist from the hotel ran after us, asking for 15 YTL (~10 euros) each for the privilege of entering the bay. We skipped.

    SO maybe a stay at the atami is worthwhile. However, if you only want to visit the bay in my opinion the price is a rip-off.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to one of the many free beaches instead !

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