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Beldibi is a seaside resort town in Antalya Province on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, west of the city of Antalya. It is located halfway between Antalya and Kemer.
Beldibi is centered around tourism. Most of the town is laid out such that resorts are located along the sea side of Ataturk Caddesi and strip malls are located on the side of the Taurus mountains. The strip malls contain clothing stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, and restaurants.
Beldibi is accessible from Antalya via the D400 highway which runs along the coast. There is a turn off for Beldibi which connects to Ataturk Caddesi which is the main street through Beldibi. The drive takes roughly 25-35 minutes depending on traffic, which can be heavy close to Antalya. Traffic police patrol the road more frequently than south of Kemer, so avoid speeding.
The cheapest access from Antalya airport is to travel via the public bus (such as line 202) to the bus stop north of the traffic circle near the Migros shopping center located at the intersection of Antalyaspor Altgecidi, Yuzuncu Yil Bulevardi, and the D400 highway. Walk south to the traffic circle and catch the public no. 28 bus towards Kemer (as of 2010, the cost was 2.25TL per person). Alternatively, Sahil buses also travel via Beldibi to Kemer at roughly twice the cost. The public buses are equipped with Google Maps and GPS on a monitor at the front of the bus so it is easy to track your progress. Each leg of this trip takes roughly 45 minutes.
The no.28 bus is operational between 0600 and 2330. The frequency is roughly one bus every 10-20 minutes.
Havas buses can also be taken from the airport, which are faster but cost 17TL/person as of 2010. The last stop on the line is at a taxi/dolmus lot near the Migros shopping center. The return trip can be picked up at the same location, though it starts on the hour at the PTT near the Anafartalar and Konyaalti Caddesi on the Antalya waterfront.
A dolmus from the Migros to Beldibi costs roughly 25TL/person split between 3 passengers.
Beldibi is not very large, and only has one major street, so it is possible to walk across the entire town. Since most of the business located in Beldibi carry similar selections, it is not necessary to walk more than 10 minutes in any direction from.
Public transportation is via bus no. 28 which travels between Kemer and Antalya and Sahil buses. Taxis and dolmus are also available.
Beldibi is focused on the resorts located in the town and does not have attractions itself. There are seaside public parks located nearby the town along the D400.
Phaselis (or Faselis), is an ancient city (now only ruins) located south of Beldibi, past Kemer. Switch to a Sahil bus headed for Tekarova in Kemer and ask the driver to stop at "antique Phaselis".
Goynuk, which is several kilometer south of Beldibi, has additional shopping and also is the starting point for a hike into the Taurus mountains along the Goynuk Canyon.
Antalya to the north contains many attractions as well as the local airport.
Termessos, which is north-west of Antalya, is an ancient mountain top Lycian city. Most of the city is not in good condition, however the amphitheatre is relatively intact and has an excellent view. Be prepared to do some hiking and climbing. The Karain caves which were inhabited by stone age humans, are located several kilometers away.
Like in much of Antalya Province, it is possible to make most purchases (including bus fare) in Turkish Lira (TL), US Dollars, and Euros. Conversion rates are not always up to date, so check the vendors exchange rates before completing the transaction.
Garansi and other bank ATMs are located along Ataturk Caddesi. Note that these ATMs are on raised concrete platforms which are not wheelchair accessible.
Prices in Beldibi are inflated compared to nearby Kemer and Antalya. For example, as of 2010, a jar of jelly costs roughly 6TL in Beldibi, while it costs around 1.5TL in Antalya.
There are Turkish restaurants along Ataturk Caddesi which provide a pleasant change from the pricey resort restaurants. Memo Restaurant, located across the Club Med south of the main area in Beldibi, has an English speaking proprietor. A main entree costs 7-14TL as of 2010.
Efes beers are available at the convenience stores located in Beldibi. Also, restaurants serve Efes and sometimes Becks beer, as well as local wines.
Kemer, to the south, is more dense and can be used to connect to buses traveling further south. Antalya to the north is a major city with a major bus terminal (otogar) and international airport.