Naxos really has some of the most wonderful beaches in Greece. There are beaches for all tastes. White sandy beaches, beaches with thicker "stony" sand as well as beaches perfect for sports like windsurfing, beach volley, etc.
Agios Prokopios, is 6 klms from Naxos town. It can be easily reached by bus (bus departs every 20-30 mins during the season). It is the second popular tourist area on the island after Naxos town and the 3rd best beach in the whole Greece due to its marvellously crystal clear water and the great quality of the sand, mostly composed of rice sized grains of creamy marble.
Agios Georgios is the main holiday beach, just to the south of the town. It's a long stretch of sand flanked with bars, restaurants and hotels so tends to get crowded in the summer months. The water is extremely shallow and you can wade a long way out without getting out of your depth so it's an ideal beach for children. Here you'll find the Flisvos Watersports Centre where you can learn windsurfing or hire a catamaran.
In a distance of 19 klms from the town Mikri Vigla, a masterpiece of nature is located. It's a small cape framed by 2 beaches. The beach to its north, Panagia Parthena (Virgin Mary), is clear and ideal for Surfing and swimming. The beach to its south, Sahara, is about 4 klms long and magnetizes the fans of the sea sports due to the strong wind in July and Augst.
Grotta Beach at the north of the town is a good spot for snorkelling but the best beaches are to be found further south. You can take a caique (small ferry boat) from the port of Naxos Town or hop on one of the regular buses which make the short journey south to busy Agios Prokopios and the smaller cove of Agia Anna.
Agia Anna, lies after St Prokopios beach - one can say it is its extension. It took its name from the small white chapel which is located in the top of the hill of Agia Anna. The biggest part is sandy but there are points where it's rocky, the area around the small church is rocky (nudists beach).
Plaka beach, south of Agia Anna, is one of the best on the island - a peaceful five-kilometre stretch of sand served by a handful of tavernas but not over-run with tourists. The beach is a popular with nudists but not so good for small children as the sand shelves sharply into the water.
Pyrgaki Beach , 21 kilometres south of the main town, is at the end of the coastal bus route and offers excellent swimming in a large, sheltered bay.