Plakias beach (600m from Orama Apartments) is a popular tourist resort, 36 km south of Rethymnon, extends to a length of almost 1.5 km. It is a well-organized sandy beach, with shallow waters, ideal for families with children. Along the beach there is a coastal road with taverns and small hotels. On the beach there are tamarisk trees, umbrellas, water sports, beach volleyball courts, canteens, locker rooms, showers.
Fotinari Beach (3km from Orama Apartments) is found on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Sellia, 37 km south of Rethymnon, on the road that connects Plakias with the beach of Souda. In Fotinari there are two small windless beaches, which are formed at the exit of a green ravine. The seabed is a bit rocky and ideal for fishing and snorkelling.
The beaches are not very organized in relation to the popular beaches of Plakias. The first beach you meet coming from Plakia is Mikro Fotinari or Fotinaraki, as it is smaller than the next beach, named Megalo Fotinari. Both beaches have access to the main road, which is located right next to downhill paths. In Megalo Fotenari, there is a spring with water, where you can find shade under the trees and high rocks.
Souda Beach (4km from Orama Apartments)is a small and picturesque holiday resort on the south coast of Crete (in the Rethymno region), in the south-central part of the island, near Plakias. The beach is located in the bay west of Plakias and near Plakias. The sea has crystal clear water. The beach is located in a fairly deep bay and is covered with fine pebbles. There are taverns, where you can enjoy tasty meals and many apartments or studios. At the eastern end of the bay there is a naturist beach. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities. Souda beach is a seven minutes drive far from Orama Apartments.
Preveli beach (10km from Orama Apartments) is one of the most famous beaches in Crete. The beach is located at the exit of “Megas Potamos” or esle the river which crosses Kourtaliotis Gorge. The majestic rocks along with the Palm Trees offer an amazing landscape. On the eastern side, there is a beautiful rock that looks like a human head coming out of the water. The beach is sandy with cool crystal clear waters because of the river. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular activities. Preveli palm beach is a 16 minutes drive far from Orama Apartments. One can reach Preveli by car, on foot or by boat.
Shinaria beach (7 km from Orama Apartments) lies 3 km west of Lefkogia Village. It is a beautiful place with splendid natural features above and under the sea. You will acknowledge the light blue colour of the sea and the sculpture-like marble rocks. The beach has thin grey-beige sand and pebbles, with deep and clear waters, while its seabed is very rocky. The marine life is very rich. The water clarity here is really stunning out to 40m. Shoinaria beach is thought to be one of the best scuba diving destinations in Crete. Shinaria beach is a 13 minutes drive far from Orama Apartments.
Damnoni (2,6 km from Orama Apartments) is a popular beach near Plakias in Crete. In the 70's and 80's many hippies lived in tents on the beach. Since then, Damnoni beach has changed a lot. There are at least six taverns, a diving school and a water sports centre. The golden beach Damnoni is almost one kilometre long and the water is crystal clear with green and light blue shades. In the season deckchairs and sunbeds are rented.