“ Country: Cyprus / World Region: Europe „
Coral Bay is a beautiful place to visit. The sea is clean and a clear blue.
When I was there last August 2007, I stayed in my apartment which is situated only down the road from Coral Bay in a small place called Peiya. Every day we drove into Coral Bay which took only five minutes. There are lots of water sports available on the beach, such as para-gliding, scuba diving, glass boat trips (which is a must), jet skis, banana rides, water skis, speed boat hiring, pedaloes, windsurfing and lessons and canoeing.
There are also plenty of places to eat and drink just up the road from the beach. In the evening we went to a taverna and bar where there was a pool table for the kids and the owners let them play on this free of charge. The people there were very polite and generous.
Coral Bay, also, have a few shops which do come in handy too, especially the supermarket. It is not a place for night life. It mostly caters for families and couples and is generally a quiet place to stay. Generally, I like a quiet and relaxing holiday and that is what this holiday was.
There is transport in the form of a bus but this only runs in the day time. I would recommend hiring a car so that you can get around and see more of the fabulous sights of Cyprus. From Coral Bay you can visit Paphos, which is the next major town. There you can visit shops, tavernas and bars. There is a harbour at Paphos where you can take a stroll in the day or night. We sometimes come here and have an ice cream whilst taking a stroll. There is a water park in Paphos too and this is an excellent day out.
Of course, the best part is the weather and when I was there in June the year before it was still hot but pleasant in the evening. I have visited Cyprus many times and rarely have I seen rain. I have not yet experienced a wet rainy day there, but I do hear that rain does fall there but only during the winter months, which is January and February. We went in March once and the weather was like English summer, but it never rained once.
As we stayed in our apartment, we only had to pay for our flights, which we booked via the internet and paid £150.00 per person. You can actually book an apartment or villa separate to your flight if you want a self catering holiday on the internet using a Cypriot Estate Agent. They rent properties out much more cheaply than booking it as a package holiday. You can check out this website, which is www.cyprus-realestate.net
If you travel earlier in the year you can actually get flights and accommodation a lot cheaper. When we went in March 2005 our flights booked with British Airways (booked via the internet) was a total of £585.00 for four of us for two weeks.
This review that I have written was also posted on ciao website by myself under the same name. Also, I have written this review on E-zine website under my own name.
My Husband and I visited Cyprus last September and found it to be one of the best holiday destinations around. The whole resort is so laid back it is untrue, the people are so friendly and always willing to help. Ayia Napa is only a short bus ride away, it too has lovley beaches, but can get a little over crowed by sleeping clubbers. We stayed in the hotel ODESSA (through Thomson) which over looked the beach, cost approx £850 HB for 2 weeks. The beach itself is great if you have children, white sandy beaches, shallow warm water, and no rocks. If you are going there for self catering you will be over welmed by the amount of places to eat in, they even have a MacDonalds. All in All Protaras is a wonderful place to go and relax on holiday. Highly recommended.