Kalives beach resort is located on the north coast of Crete and lies just off the main arterial road about 20 kilometres east of the main city of Chania in the Apokoronas area.
The resort has two beaches separated by a small headland. The main beach is a long sweeping crescent of soft sand with tavernas behind. The sand is good and soft and the sea reasonably shallow.
Taverna tables line the road that runs behind the beach with the odd tamarisk trees to provide shade.
A small harbour sits at the eastern end of the beach while the western end has a small river running between hotel blocks that make up the Kalives Beach Hotel.
The hotel has a couple of picturesque wooden boats moored in the river, a few ducks, a mock lighthouse and a carpeted bridge.
Heading west beyond the hotel is the other beach of Kalives, a long and narrow strip of sand backed by a high sea wall that is much less crowded than the main beach.
A few tavernas sit on top of the wall and there are steps leading up to them. The menus are better and cheaper than those found on the main beach where most tourists go.
Kalives is very much a working village and there are plenty of shops here and more than a dozen tavernas along the main street and around the central square.