It is a nice clean sandy beach in most parts (some pebbles in parts) and very close to the cafes and restaurants in Platanias. Beaches cluttered up with sunbeds is a very European thing that doesn't exist in Australia so I just don't love it. There are more gorgeous beaches in Crete but you have to travel much further in...
The beach is huge and goes on for miles. However the sand in some places is coarse and pebbly. The beach is spoiled in my view by hordes of sunbeds ,however it is possible to find pleasant , peaceful spots
It was near our stay,so we wanted to see.Realy nice,there was no wind,no waves,big big sandy beach.There are sunbeds and sunshades to rent,but we did not,so I do not know price .but it is about 8e for two as I heared.Good beach for swimming and relaxing.
Very nice beach-Platanias& Agia Marina. We liked it so much that once we returned from Heraklion to Chania only to enjoy one more day in this area. Very beautiful with sandy beach and sea. I prefer sandy sea and not deep , so this was simply the best for my preferences.