Gocek is a town that everyone should see in their lifetime. I love this small fishing town and always stop to refresh myself whenever I pass through this area.
Gocek is a small town in the Fethiye province of City. This small town has an incredible nature where pine forests meet the crystal blue Mediterranean sea.
Gocek is a favorite stop for yacht owners, and Gocek has many islands to explore.
Gocek is a bit more expensive than other places in Turkey because it attracts the most elite tourists. Gocek Bay is full of multimillionaire’s yachts.
As a Turkish local, I will give you a few travel and safety tips on visiting this magical city with maximum fun and zero hassle.
Is Gocek Safe? How Safe is Gocek?
Gocek is small, safe, and has something to offer to everyone. Yet, you will not find crazy parties in this town. There are some beach clubs, but everything is slower, more private, and special here.
I was always pleased by the service quality that this town offers. I always stop on Gocek to drink a coffee in its bay and enjoy the tranquil environment even in winter.
Is Gocek Safe at Night
I love to dine out in Gocek, and there are many fantastic restaurants. Gocek Bay, where the restaurants are located, is a place where you can let your kids play around, and you can enjoy Turkish raki and many fantastic Mediterranean side dishes.
Gocek is a family-friendly and safe place, especially at night time.
The Rixos Premium Adult Only Hotel has the most basic rooms starting at 2000 USD per night.
Is Gocek Safe to Travel for Solo Female Travelers?
Men or women, I would come to Gocek solo unless you want tranquility. Gocek is a fantastic place to finish a book or write a book, but it would be much better to enjoy this paradise with your romantic partner.
Gocek is one of the best honeymoon destinations I can recommend.
Is it Safe to Drive in Gocek?
Driving in Gocek is fairly safe. In the summertime, when using intercity roads, be careful. There can be drivers with unpredictable behavior. Drive defensively.
The road conditions are near excellent in the town center and transit roads. Many forest roads around the area are not paved. Please take necessary precautions on rural roads.
If you wish to learn, check my articles on
- Driving tips in Turkey and how you can use foreign driving license in Turkey
- Renting a car in Turkey
Dangerous Parts of Gocek
There is no dangerous part of Gocek. Yet, forest fires are a reality, where settlements are placed close to the forest. If you are planning to venture into a trekking adventure, please have a plan for emergencies.
Is Gocek’s Tap Water Safe to Drink?
You can brush your teeth, take a shower, or use tap water to clean your body.
You can also drink tap water without any major problems. Yet, the tap water is heavily mineralized and chlorinated. For this reason, some people may be sensitive to it. Also, locals usually don’t drink tap water either because it does not taste good.
Some good hotels have their own filtration systems, and the tap water in those tastes a lot better.
If you wish to know more about tap water in Turkey, you can read my guide, A Father’s Review – Is Turkish Tap Water Safe to Drink?
Security Risks (Terrorism) in Gocek
Gocek is a lovely tranquil town far away from stress and world politics. This small haven is far from all conflict zones in the world, and it is probably one of the safest places in the world that you can find.
Please do not ruin your holiday, thinking near impossible possibilities like this.
Natural Risks in Gocek
Heat is the real danger in Gocek. The temperatures around 40°C (104 °F) are common. Especially at midday, do not expose yourself to much heat and sun. Use sun protection if you are not used to this much sun.
Always carry a water bottle with you and consume liquids to avoid dehydration.
Mosquitoes and Insects are other dangers. Tough, not major threats, but they can make your trip unbearable.
Mosquitoes and Insects do not carry any serious poison or illness in Turkey. Yet, they can cause annoyances and complications that can be easily treated.
Mosquito sprays are highly recommended and easily obtainable from any pharmacy.
How is Healthcare in Gocek?
Gocek has adequate health services for its population. There is 1 public and 1 private health clinic. Also, there are 5 pharmacies in the town center. Additionally, hospitals in Dalaman and Fethiye are within 15 minutes’ driving distance.
Most of the medicine you can buy with prescription in the UK and USA, you can buy it without prescription in Turkey.
Pharmacists are good and knowledgeable.
Is Food Safe in Gocek?
Besides being safe, the food is excellent in Gocek. Many seaside restaurants offer Turkish and English dishes. It is one of the best places to enjoy excellent English and Turkish breakfasts at the same time.
In Gocek, you can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with an English touch. You can also enjoy many local fresh vegetable dishes. Fried green beans are my favorites.
Check my other guide if you wish to learn more about Turkish Food and What to expect in Turkish Cuisine.
Are Taxis Safe in Gocek?
Being a small town, there are limited taxis in Gocek, and taxis are safe in Gocek.
You can rely on taximeters instead of bargaining. You can request taxi drivers to open the taximeter, and they are by law obligated to use their taximeters.
Check my other guide if you wish to learn more about Taxis in Turkey and the cost of taxis in Turkish cities, common taxi scams, and more tips.
How Much Taxis Cost in Gocek
The starting fee of taxis in Gocek is 5,22 TL (0,62 USD), and you will pay an additional 5,75 TL (0,70 USD) per kilometer. The minimum fee applied is 15 TL (1,80 USD).
Gocek is a district of the Municipality of Mugla. In Mugla, cheaper fares will be applied for your longer taxi rides. Source
The Turkish Lira value will change due to inflation, but you can always calculate a rough estimate of your taxi travel.
You can check the distance with Google maps and use the USD numbers above to calculate your rough taxi fare.
Example cost taxi calculation.
A 5 km taxi ride inGocek will cost you around 4,12 USD. 0,62 (starting fee) plus 3,5 USD (5 km x 0,70) for 20 km.
Taxi fees do not change day or night or for any other reason.
Last Word About Travel Warnings about Turkey
You may also wish to check the United Kingdom, United States Government, Australian Government’s travel warnings.
Remember, these warnings are not prepared city-specific, and they are written for Turkey as a whole.
I do not agree with them, especially for Gocek. Some of those warnings are appropriate for Gocek, but I believe they lack the most basic and crucial warnings and exaggerate rare possibilities.
I tried to give you a local’s perspective on safety in Gocek. If you liked this guide, you wish to check other guides about Gocek.