Karpaz Peninsula is dubbed as the most unspoilt region of Northern Cyprus, and as an "untapped beauty". From remote golden beaches to luxurious 5-star hotels, and from wild donkeys to a picturesque marina, and with its slow pace, Karpaz has certainly much to offer and is an important destination.
Turkish is the main language used throughout, Turkish Cypriot dialect common, but you will find some accents of mainland Turkish at the placed inhabited by mainlanders. A Greek-speaking community is present at Dipkarpaz. English is widely understood at the big hotels, though in the less touristy places the level of communication is worse.
The general unreliability of public transport in Northern Cyprus applies here. There are daily buses (mostly depart twice a day) to big villages such as Mehmetçik, Yenierenköy and Dipkarpaz from Nicosia, Kyrenia and especially Famagusta. There are no high schools in Karpaz with the closest one being in Famagusta, so the ties with Famagusta are stronger. The big hotels in Bafra have their own services from the Ercan Airport and Nicosia. You can also find shared taxis/dolmuş that will take to the area. Getting into the area using taxis would be quite costly. You could try hitchhiking. But the most comfortable and reliable mode of transport is renting a car.
There are some bus services between the villages, but these are highly unreliable. By far the most comfortable and reliable means of transport, especially if you want to go to Dipkarpaz the Cape and the Golden Beach, and other places off-the-beaten-path, is renting a car. There is only one rent-a-car service in the area, Zag Rent-a-car in İskele (phone number: +905428510603)
Alternatively, there are taxi services that operate in the area (the phone numbers may have changed):
Karpaz National Park - famous for its wild donkeys, but also home to some very beautiful scenery. Do not miss the opportunity to take photos with the donkeys, who are so free that they can sometimes block the roads!
Karpaz Gate Marina - a picturesque recently-built marina near Yeni Erenköy, a beautiful place that attracts many visitors with yachts, restaurants and sometimes exhibitions
Cape Apostolos Andreas - the geographical endpoint of Cyprus
Unspoilt Karpaz has widespread existence of rare species, such as the sand lily
Beaches - Karpaz is famous for its beautiful golden beaches, below are some of them:
Golden Beach - the most famous and perhaps the most beautiful beach in Cyprus, this remote idyllic beach is at the tip of the peninsula. With the colour of the sand and the sea, the cleanness and the length of the beach, it could be mistaken for a stereotypical Pacific island paradise! Has very limited facilities, so go there prepared.
Bafra - a stark contrast to the Golden Beach in terms of the facilities, home to some world-class 5-star hotels, and also a free facility of the municipality, this beach is also beautiful and clean with its golden sands
Boğaz - good beaches, good restaurants, good hotels, a classic for Cyprus! There was some pollution here in July 2013 due to a recent oil spill, so take care, look at the colour of the sea and ask if the pollution still exists
Makenzi - operated by the İskele Municipality, this beach has some simple but sufficient facilities and golden sands
Kaplıca - again, not strictly Karpaz, but a beautiful beach with a nice hotel, spectacular views of the sunset
Water sports - sports such as jetskiing are available in Bafra and Kaplıca.
The Mehmetçik Grape Festival, takes place every year at the end of July and beginning of August in Mehmetçik. Local bands give concerts, a beauty concert is held, traditional folk dance shows take place and several other activities occur.
Eco-day, the expanded version of the Sunday market in Büyükkonuk, held yearly in May or June, with local bands giving concerts and traditional folk dance shows.
Karpaz is one of the most conservative places in Cyprus, many mainland Turkish people reside there with some women wearing the headscarf, however, this does not mean that it is not a tolerant and liberal place. Clothing, such as wearing shorts, tank tops and bikinis is not a problem - Cyprus can get very hot in summer! Homosexual displays of affection will certainly draw unwanted attention and stares.