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“Best beach of the island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Playa de Maspalomas

Playa de Maspalomas
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
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Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Maspalomas
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Aalst, Belgium
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“Best beach of the island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

The beach offers all you can want of a beach. It's wide enough to lay in a less populated areas, or you can stay at the shops who sell drinks at very good prices or some even food.
you can get to the beach from "Faro de Maspalomas" and walk till the section that you love most. (this way is the best: you'll be able to walk just alongside the sea and on a bit firmer sand)
Or you can go to the RIU hotel in Playa del Ingles and walk trough the Dunes. (You should try at least once) Bit of warning there is a bit of gay cruising in the Dunes but you hardly notice it. The walk is hot and long but you'll see the beauty of the dunes this way.
The walk ends at beach post 7 (the gay section of the beach).
When you start at Faro you'll first have the family beach. If you keep walking around beach post 4 it will change to a nudist beach (still a lot of families there) and around beach post 7 you'll find the so called gay beach. There are just some more gay persons there you'll still find families between them. The atmosphere is a bit more relaxed in this part we found.
Sunbeds and parasols are for hire. 7,50 euros for two beds and a parasol. Keep in mind that at 5pm the service ends and the parasols are taken away. So don't arrive to late cause you have to pay the full amount, even if you hire at 4pm
The bars will close around 5:30pm.
Showers are only available at the start of the beach (Faro). Taxi's are available at Faro and at RIU. We never went further then beach post 7 so I don't know what to find there.

Visited October 2012
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“beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

nice beach but an upmarket shopping area not everyones cup of tea,we took our own food drink might cost a bit in the stores

Visited October 2012
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“nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

wlak from playa del ingles took you through 2 nudist beaches that can be inappropriate for families.
free bus is efficient

Visited September 2012
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“a good central situation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

A fab beach with all amenities. Lots of bars and restaurants for all tastes. Had a fab meal in Chinese & Japanese restaurant on the strip, all you can eat for 7.50 euros pp.

Visited September 2012
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“Sun, Sea & great Views -Visit early morning to get Sunbeds & Parasols”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

What a beach, it caters for all types of relaxing with its fine dunes and vast views across the mountains. if you join the beach from Maspalomas de faro (lighthouse) then keep walking towards Playa de Ingles the beach area is in areas to suit all. they have families then onto the nudist & then the Gay/Lesbian and finally at Play de Ingles the families & young couples. So if you don't want to see naked bits swinging then avoid the middle of the beach areas.

There are a few Kiosks along the beach, serving drinks, but we took our own as these are pricey.

Sunbeds & parasols, If you want a set then suggest you head towards the beach long before 10am otherwise sunbeds available but no umbrella. Don't be fooled with the sun, its hot and you can easily burn but not know it due to the winds that travel along the beach.

If you feel like a stroll through the dunes, be careful and wear some sort of shoes/sandals as the sand and thorns are present in the sand. there are also people sunbathing naked around these areas as well.

Overall a fantastic beach with sand that goes on for ages and ages. the sea can be rough as part of the Atlantic so be careful that you don't get swept under and do your neck in !

Visited September 2012
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