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So this is going to be an ongoing project which we started back in the summer of 2013 to cover all of the main beaches of Gran Canaria, whether it be a man-made tourist beach in the touristy part of the south or something more natural and deserted on the west coast perhaps. 

Maspalomas Beach

Gran Canaria has more than 80 beaches (more than 100 if all the smaller, rocky coves are included) to choose from, many are golden sand, dark volcanic sand, pebbles .... we have pretty much all types of beaches here. The beaches in the towns and resorts are developed for the mainstream/tourism whilst those more secluded remain (for the moment) unspoilt havens to discover.

Have a look at the map below and where you see "Playa" then there's a beach. The map's split into 4 parts for easier viewing

North West - North East

South West - South East

Before I get started, a few things to bear in mind that perhaps you didn't know about beaches here :-

  • All beaches are public. If a hotel decides to spend a small fortunate improving one of the beaches, it still has to remain accessible to the public.
  • Saturdays beaches get much busier than normal as many locals use them and Sundays they get very, very busy as most locals are using them.
  • All ball games should be played 100 meters back from the shoreline. Of course nobody really pays much attention to this rule but if you're playing by the sea and someone complains, they are right and you are wrong.
  • No camping or BBQ on any beach. Again , on some more secluded beaches this rule is often broken but should the police come along there'll be problems.
  • Puerto Rico, Amadores and Mogan beaches are mainly non-smoking each with its own smoking zone. Also on these beaches swimming after dark is not permitted.
  • A sun bed is 2.50 / 3.00 euros for the day and an umbrella is another 2.50 / 3.00 euros (price depends on which beach)
  • Here is a nice link to check the sea temperature and as it's aimed for surfers, you can also check the wave forecast & other conditions.
There's a little extra info also in our blog section here

Playa Morro Besudo (El Pirata)

Hidden away between San Agustin and Aguila Playa, the only way to get here is via the cliff-top walk then stairs down to the beach itself. You won't see it from the road and other than the serious walkers who hike along the promenade leaving San Agustin you're not likely to find it by accident so when you do get there, chances are (especially mid-week) there are very few if any other people to share it with.


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Playa San Boronbon

A secluded and large dark sandy beach located on the northern most point of La Garita. During high tides it's easier to get access from the north part of the beach as the smaller to the south cove can be lashed by waves.

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Pozo Izquierdo

Whilst yes, there is a pebble beach here I can assure you that nobody ever comes here for a day on the beach.... ever. It is the windiest place on the island, one of the windiest places on earth and is hugely popular with wind surfers to the extent that world championships are held here in July of each year.

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Puerto Rico

This is a golden-sand beach (sand imported from the Sahara) with full facilities including showers, toilets, access for the disabled, lifeguard, sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach is protected by large breakwaters that make this one of the safest beaches on the island especially for the kids. There's never any swell and its a very slight incline for getting in and out of the water. 

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San Agustin

Another one of our blue flag beaches, the conditions and facilities on this darker, volcanic sand beach are excellent with plenty of parking, beachside restaurants, an impressive promenade that goes on for mile after mile ......


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