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Where to stay, eat and dance the night away in Greece's party capital.

* STAY

Aqualiving villas

No, it's really not a good idea to find a Mykonos vacation property on Craigslist, as one acquaintance of mine discovered recently. Aqualiving, mentioned as a top villa specialist in Conde Nast Traveler, specializes in Mykonos and offers more than 70 properties on the island. Not only that, the concierges will organize dinner reservations, yacht trips, private chefs, or whatever your heart desires (and your pocketbook can afford). (mykonosvillas.com)

* EAT

Hippie Fish

Specializing in authentic Greek and Mykonian cuisine--try the horta, wild-foraged cooked greens--this spot, away from the crowds of Mykonos Town, is friendly and relaxed. Have a long European-style lunch al fresco and then continue your cocktails on the sand, just steps away. (hippie-fish-mykonos.com)

Blue Ginger

Surprisingly good Thai and Chinese food served on an open-air terrace on the hill above the port of Mykonos. Baby-friendly, and with many vegetarian options, this was the only restaurant our big picky group agreed to visit twice! (blueginger.gr)

Kalita

The back garden of elegant and trendy Kalita offers a relaxing respite in the middle of Mykonos Town, which can be crowded and frenetic. Specializing in Greek dishes, seafood and pasta, Kalita also offers an extensive wine list and spot-on service. It can be difficult to find any specific place in Mykonos Town--legend has it that the labyrinthine town was built in such a way as to deter pirates--so ask for directions as you walk. Perfect for date night. (kalitamykonos.com)

* DRINK & DANCE

Sadly, the one longtime lesbian(ish) bar, Diva, closed its doors just a couple of years ago, but lesbian, gay and straight labels don't mean a lot in Mykonos, where everyone just seems ready to have a good time. That said ...

Lola

This colorful lounge bar in Mykonos Town attracts straight and gay alike for pre- and post-dinner drinks. Quiet enough for conversation, it's a great place to start your night.

Coco Club

Situated on the cliff above Super Paradise Beach, this friendly queer club attracts almost equal numbers of men and women--at least it did on the evening I visited. It's more of a bar by day, but the dance party starts rolling here about 4 p.m. Revelers often pop across the beach to Super Paradise Beach Club for a bit of scene before retreating back to the Coco.

Super Paradise Beach Club

Beware: Once you arrive, you may not leave. More than just a sprawling disco, this complex offers a clothing store, a self-service restaurant, and hillside rooms for rent. Billing itself as "the most alternative and anti-conformist beach [club] in Mykonos," this place attracts a young, mostly gay clientele, but all orientations are represented, sex on their minds. (superparadise.com.gr)

Paradise Club Mykonos

The largest of the Paradise Beach megaclubs that Mykonos is known for. All the big names have hit the decks here: Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, Kaskade, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, Tiesto ... even Boy George. (paradiseclub-mykonos.com)

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