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Old 4th June 2008, 13:07   #1 (permalink)
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Question Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

My husband and I will be spending a week in Yalikavak in September with a couple of friends and their 1 year old. We will be staying at the 4reasons hotel, which is situated on a hill with what appear to be magnificent views of the peninsula. However, we are looking for suggestions on sandy beaches, with easy access, from the hotel. From what we have seen, many hotels and beach clubs have piers built on the water for sunbathing. Otherwise, all we have found are pebbled/very narrow beaches, neither of which would be ideal for small children. We have been advised against renting a car since we are really not used to the Turkish traffic so ideally we would like to walk from the hotel or catch public transport.

Any suggestions of sandy beaches in Yalikavak would be much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

Miu

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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

The beach at the village end is sandy, but I'm not sure how far the walk from 4reasons would be.

The hotel web page has info on services to the beach
http://www.4reasonshotel.com/amenities.htm

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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

hi Miu-girl

the beach isn't as sandy as the beaches in Spain etc, but it is very child friendly - we have a (now) 3 year old and it suits him. Your hotel looks lovely. Yalikavak is good for children as cars can't access most of the streets in the centre.
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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

We stayed at 4 Reasons a few years ago. Its a long walk to the village but you have to walk down a hill to the main road to catch a dolmus or get a taxi. Coming back is worse as it's all uphill. Hotel is lovely though. Ask Damon what she thought - she was there same time as us with her grandchildren.
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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

Thanks ever so much for your helpful responses. I am even more looking forward to our trip now!

Just a couple of final questions- the beach that you mention in your responses, is it the Yalikavak public beach? If it is, then is it equipped with sun loungers and other facilities?

Also I am assuming that taxis aren't equipped with childseats but if we call for a taxi, is there the possibility of requesting a childseat? Probably a silly question but thought I'd ask anyway.

Thanks again for all your help!

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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

dont be put off driving.......its not as scary as you may be led to believe - and a car with child seat is really useful to see the area, especially as taxis are quite expensive and dolmus' often packed, hot and not really young child friendly. The beach has loungers which are often attached to bars or restaurants - buy a drink or two and they are happy to let you stay as long as you need..........and have a great time whatever you do.

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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

I agree with greensman. Don't dismiss a car too easily. Just take it steady. You will find it easier to visit various other places along that coast such as Gumusluk (narrow pebbly beach but our kids love it there and great waterside restaurants) and Turgetries or Torba or even Bitez near Bodrum (very commercial but nice safe beach). I find an automatic easier to drive in Turkey as I don't get so disorientated with using the gear stick with the wrong hand - one less thing to bother about! I assume you will fly to Bodrum and the road round to Yalikavak is generally pretty good. Suggest you use Dolmus if you want to travel into Bodrum though to avoid traffic and parking hassle. Have a great time!
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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

Yeah, you might find some good info about sandy beaches on viamigo(dot)com.Hope this helps!!
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Re: Desperately seeking advice about Yalikavak please

the beach at turgetreis is nice sand ,and a car will cost you about 50 ytl a day . i have heard of a beach called camel beach which is supposed to be real nice ,not sure where it is . the kids will love gumusluk especaially the wade through the sea [low tide ] to rabbit island. good restaraunt at gumusluk is bati,s [far end ] right by the sea . i hate fish ,and bati,s is about the only one i know that does a wide menu that includes other than fish . you have a big car park at gumusluk as it is pedestrianised , the dolmus goes from yali and stops at the dolmus stn at gumusluk . for you history buffs ,gumusluk is where the guys who killed caesar hid out after the killing .

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