Once you run out of interesting sights to see, which usually takes longer than the time most travelers have to spend on the island, there are a variety of activities on Rhodes, some organized and
some you can do on your own. You can swim in the beautiful calm
seas of the east coast and body surf when the wind is blowing on the
beaches in the west, or lay on the beach or by the pool. You
can go snorkeling on your own or go scuba diving with one of the excursion boats that are in Mandraki harbor. You can take day trips on the excursion boats that leave from Mandraki to Halki, Symi, Kos, or Kalymnos. There are also sailboats to charter for day trips and cruises around the island. Many hotels
have tennis courts and there is a tennis club outside the Naval Society
near Mandraki. There is even a golf course in the village of Efantou.
drive into the mountains and visit traditional villages and drink
souma or wine.
If you like to shop then
you have come to the right place. I can't imagine any island
with a larger selection of stores, some local, some internationally
known. The old city has your usual tourist shops but
also has a large number of eclectic gifts shops, boutiques,
carpets and odditties mixed in. The new city has a northern
European feel to it rather than a Greek one and is comparable
to shopping on Ermou Street in Athens in terms of variety.
Rhodes has a Virgin Record store which is impressive in itself but even more impressive is Manuel Music Center at 25 of March Street
#11. This is not only one of the best CD shops I have
found in all of Greece but I was able to find recordings
here that I was unable to find in the USA. More amazing I found
CDs that I could not find doing internet searches.