The island is located about 47 kilometers southwest of Rhodes, in the part of the Mediterranean which is called, after it, the Carpathian Sea (Latin: Carpathium Mare).
The beaches of Karpathos island can be divided into four large groups: the beaches on the east coast are smaller and gravelly but without wind; the beaches of the southern part of the island, near the airport, area made of fine white sand; the sandy beach on the west coast are the most exposed to the Meltemi and they are only available in low wind conditions; the beaches of the north of the island, accessible only by sea and partly by a jeep.
- East Coast: Amoopi, Karpathos Beach, Achata, Kato Latos (reachable only by foot), Apella.
- South Coast – Damatria, Diakoftis, Devils Bay, Agriopotamos (nude beach).
- West Coast – Lefkos beach, Mesohori Finiki, Arkasa Leucadius.
- North Coast – Diafani, Vananda, Forokli