Family and resort beaches In the south, the large resort of Puerto del Carmen has very popular long beaches called Matagorda and Playa Grande, with safe swimming conditions, sun parasols and loungers for hire. Pedalos, surf and windsurfing boards are available here to keep all members of the family amused, and the tapas bars and restaurants of the old town are close by. A short walk towards Playa Honda on the so called Ruta del Colesterol – a promenade much used by walkers, cyclists and joggers – leads to numerous small bays and coves. These coves have excellent snorkelling in the warm waters. Playa Honda close to the airport is backed by a large area of residential units and has five kilometres of sandy beach with good access to the restaurants and hotels of the capital Arrecife.
At Punta Papagayo, within the confines of the Monumento de Los Ajaches Nature Park there are a variety of wide sandy beaches, small coves and secluded inlets, some of which are used by nudists. Here sheltered coves, wide sandy beaches and small rocky lined inlets offer enough choice to satisfy everyone. Further along the coast towards Puerto Calero, Playa Quemada is a natural beach of black sand beneath a few old fishermen’s houses and is a private and peaceful place to swim. Within Playa Blanca itself the manmade beach of Playa Dorada is popular with visitors staying at the large resort hotels close by. Further north at Costa Teguise Las Cucharas beach is excellent for windsurfing, and there is good safe swimming from the wide sandy beaches. To the north from Costa Teguise at Arrieta there is a long sandy beach and a jetty plus play area for small children close to the old fishing village. Heading north again there are numerous small white beaches with plenty of large rock pools with sun warmed water which make perfect safe bathing areas for those with young families.
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