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Is a bay located 2.25 NM east of Dökükbaşı Burun. There is a small island to the east (Karacaören Adası), which has numerous ancient ruins strewn over it, helping to protect the east to north east facing bay. To the south are a cluster of island reefs which also help to protect Karacaören. It is best to approach by passing Karacaören Adası to the east.
There is a large restaurant set on the north side of the bay, built 20 feet above the waters edge, on stilts with a long veranda style seating area giving magnificent views to the east towards Ölü Deniz and the enormous mountain of Baba Dağ thrusting up 1,969 metres. You can witness some stunning colours reflecting off the mountains steep scree sides when the evening sun sets giving a number of different golden sheens.
The restaurant has laid several mooring buoys which have 1.5 litre water bottles marking their positions. You can pick any of these buoys and you will find a loop tied into the end with which to slip over your cleat. Most of the time a restaurant member of staff, in a dinghy, will guide you to one of these moorings and hand It to you. It is advisable that you take a line ashore, but more often than not the lad in the dinghy will take the line ashore for you. A slight swell will works its way round the headland and back into the bay which can be a little uncomfortable. So if you are there early enough then try and select one of the mooring buoys located in the west to south south west corner and take a line ashore to be in line with any slight swell.
Once you are moored up you can enjoy swimming or snorkelling in crystal clear blue waters and watch an abundance of fish around the bay. When you are ready for a meal at the restaurant you can either dinghy ashore or call the restaurant dinghy to come and collect you. The restaurant has toilets and showers for you to use.
The food is delightful and their salads accompanying the main meal and meze are delicious. You may find the owner will serenade you during your meal with his violin. Freshly baked bread is available in the morning before you move on. The restaurant also has its own day tripper boat and a number of water sport toys you can sample if you so wish.
If you are sailing to Kalkan or Kaş from the Fethiye Göcek bays then this restaurant’s bay is a great place to stay overnight before you leave early next morning.
To the top
Karacaören Bay anchorage
Evening sun setting on Baba Dağ (mountain)
Karacaören Restaurant on stilts
Special ride from Karacaören
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