Platys Yialos is a small family beach noted for some its many beach tavernas, soft sand, shallow water and as one of the main staging posts for water taxis along the south coast.
Just four kilometres from Mykonos Town, the bus stops close to the beach above some steep wooden steps and near some shops. Services run every 30 minutes through the summer season.
A small jetty provides moorings for the daily water taxis that shuttle holidaymakers to the various south coast beaches.
The back of the beach is an almost continuous line of tavernas offering a wide variety of food. Visitors praise the good food on offer at reasonable prices and enjoy the waiter service from the sun loungers.
The beach has pebbles in parts but is mainly good, soft sand and holiday visitors note the brilliant blue of the shallow water, exceptional even by Greek standards.
Expect to find the sunbeds jammed together in the high season (some complain of barely enough room to breath) but loungers get more spread out in early and late season and despite the crowds the beach is usually kept very clean.
The shallow shoreline makes Platys Yialos an ideal family beach and the wide range of watersports includes water skiing, jet skis and paragliding.
The bay is full of luxury yachts in the summer while smart hotels are jammed the hills behind. Footpaths over the headlands lead west to Psarou beach and to Paraga beach in the east.
One of the biggest problems with Platys Yialos is the number of beach pedlars and visitors report growing irritation at hawkers patrolling the beach and pestering sunbathers with 'designer' clobber.