Got a sun worshipper, beachcomber, snorkeler or beginning swimmer in your family? Looking for a Mediterranean destination that will make everyone in your family happy? Then head to Turkey’s Blue Lagoon, the ideal spot for a family beach vacation.
While the beauty of the Turkey coastline speaks for itself, the center of Oludeniz (OH-loo-DEH-neez) and its promenade have their own charms. Here are five free or low-cost activities to keep your family happy on your trip to Turkey’s Blue Lagoon:
Rent a paddle boat or kayak in Oludeniz National Park and explore the inland bay. Bring along your snorkeling gear so you can jump ship and do some underwater sightseeing when the mood strikes.
Light up the night sky with kid-friendly toys. Along the broad walk street vendors sell an assortment of dime-store-type trinkets and toys — light sabers, illuminated key chains, and, my kids’ favorite, a rubber-band-operated rocket that zips into the air with a flick of the wrist. For the equivalent of a few dollars you can treat your kids to some low-tech fun without breaking your beach budget.
Hop a dolmus, or shared taxi, to nearby Fetihye and enjoy an evening stroll around the marina where you’ll see all manner of sea craft. Take a peak at the luxury yachts or try your luck at bargaining with a local skipper for a tour of the Mediterranean coast.
Sip a cocktail while watching the incredible sunset from one of the surf-side beach bars. Our favorite? The one with the bean bag chairs and the laid-back music! But, remember, even though kids are welcome almost everywhere in Turkey, a quiet evening at the beach might be just what your inner romantic needs.
Marvel at the para-gliders descending from Babadag (ba-ba DAH), the 6460-foot high summit that towers over the resort area. Each day around mid-morning and later at sunset these aerial artists spin, glide and float down to grassy landing spots along the broad walk. Watch long enough and you just might work up the courage to take the leap like I did.
So, if you’re looking for a family beach vacation that combines first-rate accommodations with a relaxed family-friendly vibe, check out Oludeniz and the Blue Lagoon.