I just discovered the amazingly cheap prices for a flight from Istanbul to Lefkosa, and I just can't pass it up. Cyprus looks amazing! If my husband and I flew down for the day (leave Istanbul early-ish and fly back late-ish--trust me, we can do this!), what is our best (read: good balance of affordable and efficient) option for getting to a beach in the Kyrenia area? Our schedule will probably be landing at 9:00 am and flying out at 10:30 pm. I figure that gives us a solid afternoon of beach time and dinner before going back to the airport around 9:00 pm. (Does all that sound about right?)
And what is your favorite beach open to the public in the area? We are looking for something with calm, blue water. Very relaxing. We might bring snorkeling gear, but it depends on how much we feel like carrying with us for a whole day. Also, the beach would need to have bathrooms and food within walking distance.
Money? We are Americans visiting Turkey and Greece during our vacation, so I imagine we'll have some combination of USD, TRY, and EUR with us. What is the preferred currency?
Does all this sound crazy? Anything I'm missing?