On the southwest end of Skiathos island lies a large sandy bay of Koukounaries. This beach was voted 10th in the world. The sand is golden and the water clear. During July and August, the bay is a hub for water skiers and all sorts of other water activities, but the nights are usually peaceful. There is a small harbour tucked away in the eastern corner. You will find good shelter from wind and swell here with great holding.
Anchor: in either far east or west. The most common option is to anchor one hundred metres or so from the small harbour. Anchor in 5-15m, mainly sand with some weed, mainly good holding and reasonable shelter.
Ashore: there is a large hotel at the eastern side of the bay. The main town has a number of great tavernas and a stunning steak house so it is worth the trip... Ashore it is a fifteen minute walk to provisions and tavernas.
Don't miss: Koukounaries has a forest reserve behind the beach and beyond that there is a lake/lagoon connected to the sea by a river that emerges at the little harbour, which can be explored by dinghy.