The Costa Tropical Beaches

The Best Costa Tropical Beaches

The Costa Tropical Beaches Are... A Place of Spectacular Natural Beauty...

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The Costa Tropical beaches are special, I can’t even begin to describe their natural beauty. But I will try...

Imagine the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains that soar to the clouds, blanketed in snow; this is the backdrop.

Now, imagine sandy beaches with deep blue and turquoise water protected by the high cliffs that drop down from the Sierras. The cliffs are natural and untouched, and each boasts a small window into the past with the “torres” or watchtowers that sit on top. These torres are a constant reminder of the people who once lived here, starting with the Phoenicians and later, the Romans and the Moors.

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Now imagine the flowers; the pinks, oranges, purples and blues of the bougainvillea that climb and wind around everything. Picture thousands of palm trees lining the beaches and towns, the majestic Phoenix Palm exploding in a firework-like display of color and palm tiers, and the Date Palms that soar ever higher with bright bursts of orange dates hanging from their trunks.

Now imagine scuba divers bobbing in and out of the waters around the coral reefs, wind surfers dotting the sea and colorful parapentes dotting the skies, sail boats anchored around the natural coves, and swimmers splashing in the waves or just relaxing on the sand and enjoying the perfect weather.

Can you imagine anything more amazing? If not.... it's time to visit the beautiful Costa Tropical Beaches.

The 10 Most Beautiful Costa Tropical Beaches

1. Playa Berengueles - La Herradura

Costa Tropical Beaches - La Herradura - Berengueles

Located at the bottom of the Marina del Este urbanization, just next to the marina itself, is playa Berengueles. It is a small bay with one large rock jutting out on its eastern end, while the Punta de la Mona forms the arm of its western end.

The beach itself is wide and sandy and planted with beautiful palm trees from one end to the other. Clinging to the cliffs above the beach, views can be seen of the striking Aldea urbanization and the Punta de la Mona lighthouse.

The Berengueles beach is known for its bohemian, laid back feel and popularity with scuba divers. On any given day, during the summer months, you will see divers and snorkelers bobbing in and out of the waters of this pretty bay.

The chiringuito, that sits on the eastern end of the beach, also has a very “chilled-out” atmosphere and stays packed all summer long.

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotel Best Alcazar (shuttle that runs to and from the beach -- also runs to the Playa La Herradura beach).


TOP ACTIVITIES - COSTA TROPICAL BEACHES

Rent a sailboat in the Marina del Este beside Playa Berengueles

Costa Tropical Beaches -  Tours
Private Sailboat Tour (3 Hours) - Sail along the cliffs of Maro for three hours, includes drinks, snacks, stopping for a swim in coves and snorkeling equipment. Minimum group for departure 4 people.

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2. Playa Tesorillo - Almuñécar

Costa Tropical Beaches - Almuñécar - Tesorillo

Playa Tesorillo is another one of the prettiest “Costa Tropical Beaches”, this one is in the town of Almuñécar. It’s one of its smaller beaches, but beautiful because of its unique setting.

Tucked into the rocks at the end of Playa Velilla, this beach is headed by an old Moorish tower that sits on the rocks above. The beach itself is surrounded by two rocky points so it feels very private and secluded.

There are two lively chiringuitos that sit right at the entrance of the beach. They play music during the summer months which gives playa Tesorillo its fun and festive vibe.

Recommended Beach Hotel: Hotel Bahia Tropical - Just in front of Playa Pozuelo and Playa Tesorillo, this elegant hotel is one kilometer from the Old Town.









3. Playa Calabajio - Almuñécar

Costa Tropical Beaches - Almuñécar - Calabajio

Yet another beautiful "Costa Tropical beach" that can be found on the outskirts of Almuñécar, is Playa Calabajio.

This beach is special because of the immense Mediterranean garden has grown up all around it with paths leading up the cliffs on both sides of the beach. Because it's located a bit further from town, it also tends to be quieter and more secluded than the others.

A great 4-star hotel is located just at the top of the cliffs, overlooking Playa Calabajio and its neighbor Playa Cabria. It has an enormous infinity pool that enjoys incredible views of the entire coastline.

Recommended Beach Hotel: Hotel Playacalida Spa - Located on top of the cliff overlooking Almunecar and the Cabria and Calabajio Beaches. Features an infinity pool, lazy river, spa and much more.


4. Playa Cantarijjan - La Herradura

Costa Tropical Beaches - La Herradura - Cantarijjan

Playa Cantarijjan is included on most people’s list of the "Most Beautiful Costa Tropical Beaches", not only that, it often makes the list for one of the BEST beaches in Southern Spain.

The beach itself is located within the “Los Acantilados de Maro Cerro Gordo”, which is a huge natural park between the towns of Nerja and La Herradura. The area is protected by the Spanish government so little to no development is allowed. It is an absolutely stunning area.

If you’ve never been, I would also highly recommend the drive between the two towns... magnificent beaches, soaring cliffs and Roman watchtowers line the way.

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotels in La Herradura and Hotels in Nerja are both close enough to spend a day at this beach.









5. Playa Muerto - Almuñécar

Costa Tropical Beaches - Almuñécar - Muerto

Playa Muerto is one of the “naturalista” beaches in the Costa Tropical, another way to say nudist beach. It is located at the western end of Almuñécar, under the Cotobro urbanization.

Muerto gets a vote for “Best Costa Tropical Beaches” due to its spectacular and untouched natural beauty.

While on the beach, you will quickly notice that it's completely void of any development. There are no restaurants, no services, no kayak or paddle board rentals… only the sand, surf, cliffs and beautiful views of the marina in the distance.

Because this is a nudist beach, access has also been restricted to a winding stone pathway that wraps around the cliffs edge. This makes it very secluded and quiet.

Recommended Beach Hotel: Hotel Playa Cotobro - Located just in front of the Cotobro and Muerto Beaches, Hotel Playa Cotobro is a good choice for a quiet, and relaxed holiday.


TOP BEACH ACTIVITIES - COSTA TROPICAL BEACHES

Costa Tropical Beaches -  Tours
Rent A Boat (No License Needed) and Explore the Costa Tropical Coastline - Enjoy with family and friends an unforgettable trip through the Cerro Gordo National Park past the La Herradura caves, Maro waterfall and Nerja's Balcon de Europa. Read More...

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Jet Ski Tours - Jet Ski rentals in the Marina del Este. There are 4 jet skis available, each with two seats. Explore the Spanish coastline on your own for up to 30 min.

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Kayaking & Snorkeling Tours - Experience the natural beauty and explore the caves of the Cliffs of Maro-Cerro Gordo while getting a good snorkeling and kayaking workout with this tour.

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6. Playa La Herradura - La Herradura

Costa Tropical Beaches - La Herradura

The town of La Herradura is one of the most stunning towns along the Granada coastline.

Playa La Herradura, is the towns longest beach that runs the entire length of its beautiful bay. It is jam packed with chiringuitos, shops, bars, cafes, diving schools, boat rentals... the list goes on and on.

The beach is surrounded by two points, Cerro Gordo and Punta de la Mona. It is almost 2 km in length, but the eastern and western ends of the beach are arguably the nicest. The sand is finer and the water is very clear, perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotel Sol Los Fenicios (on the beach) | Pena Parda Bay (on the beach) | La Caleta Bay (on the beach) | OYO Hotel Almijara (2 min walk to the beach).

For more information on this beach, see the La Herradura Beach Guide.









7. Playa Guardia - Salobreña

Costa Tropical Beaches - Salobreña - Guardia

Located in what some would call the “Jewel of the Costa Tropical” (the town of Salobreña), Playa Guardia is the long sandy beach that stretches the length of the western end of town, up to the great Peñon.

It is backed by a lush sugar cane plantation and the Salobreña castle in the distance.

The beach itself has all the amenities, including great restaurants and bars, water sports and a new promenade that is great for walking and biking.

Playa Guardia is more touristic than some of the others on the list because it’s so close to Salobreña, but it's usually less crowded than the beaches in Almuñécar and La Herradura.

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotel Avenida Tropical (3-star) and Hotel Miba (new, highly recommended) are the two closest hotels to the La Guardia beach area.

There are also some great apartments available even closer to the beach: Garrido Apartments (closest to La Guardia Beach) and the Salobreña Primera Linea de Playa (which are just behind the Peñon, on the beach and very highly rated).


8. Puerta del Mar - Almuñécar

Costa Tropical Beaches - Almuñécar - Puerta del Mar

Yet another of the "Best Costa Tropical Beaches" is Playa Puerta del Mar, one of Almuñécar's main beaches, and its second longest.

It is strikingly beautiful with jetties forming smaller coves that are perfect for swimming. From anywhere along the beach you have wonderful views of the Almuñécar Peñon jutting into the sea, and the mighty castle that sits behind it.

This is a great beach for families as it is close to the town center, and all the hotels. It has all the necessary amenities; restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, water sports, etc.

During the summer months the beach bars on Playa Puerta del Mar play lively music.

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotel Bahia Almunecar - Located 150 m from the Puerta del Mar Beach. It offers a spa, rooftop pool, and views of the sea and mountains. Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel - This hotel is on San Cristóbal Beach and .5 kilometers from the Old Town. BEST LOCATION!









9. Playa Calahonda - Motril

Costa Tropical Beaches - Motril - Calahonda

Calahonda beach is another beach that always makes the "Best Costa Tropical Beaches" list. It is a wide, sandy beach that juts out into the sea on one end, and has a pretty little cove on the other, it's also popular with scuba divers.

The area around Calahonda (going east) is known for its rugged cliffs that fall dramatically into the sea and create breathtaking views around every corner.

If you want a nice photo, the best place to view Calahonda beach is from above. You can see the entire length of the beach, it’s pretty cove full of boats, and swimmers bobbing in and out of its turquoise waters.

Playa Calahonda has been designated as a “Blue Flag” beach of excellence.

Recommended Beach Hotel: OYO Hotel El Ancla - El Ancla is a very BASIC hotel located 150 m from the beach in Calahonda.


10. Playa La Rijana - Motril

Costa Tropical Beaches - Motril - La Rijana

Playa Rijana is my all-time favorite of the “Costa Tropical Beaches” and the most beautiful.

It’s just past the small coastal town of Calahonda on the old coastal road. After you get past the more commercial area around Motril, the coastline going east is just incredible.

Playa Rijana is part of a national park, it is very natural and undeveloped. The beach forms a small bay with the ruins of an old Moorish tower on one end with three large rocks that jut out into the sea.

I would definitely recommend this beach for a day out, and then a drive further down the coast going east is well worth your time.

Recommended Beach Hotel:

TOP HOTELS - COSTA TROPICAL BEACHES

Costa Tropical Beaches -  Hotels
Playa Granada Club Resort - Motril - This 4-star resort is located in Motril and is one of THE BEST in the area. Free amenities include 6 tennis courts, outdoor pools and evening entertainment. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea with private beach access. This is the perfect place to stay with kids!
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Three EXTRA Beautiful Costa Tropical Beaches

11. Playa La Joya - Motril

Costa Tropical Beaches - Motril - La Joya

La Joya beach can be found just after the small town of Torrenueva going east from Motril.

The beach itself is quite nice with a huge boulder on one end that gives it a very dramatic look. It’s a favorite among locals and always makes the list for the "Best Costa Tropical Beaches".

Access to the beach is via a steep flight of stairs on its western end. This can be a bit challenging for some, but once you reach the bottom you have only the beautiful sea views, the surf, sand and seagulls soaring overhead to enjoy.

Recommended Beach Hotel: Playa Granada Club Resort - Motril - This 4-star resort is located in Motril and is one of THE BEST in the area.


12. Playa Cabria - Almuñécar

Costa Tropical Beaches - Almuñécar - Cabria

Cabria beach is another beach in the resort town of Almuñécar that has made the "Best Costa Tropical Beaches" list. It’s located on the far eastern end of town at the end of a dry riverbed, so it also has a very remote and secluded feel.

The overall vibe is very bohemian and sporty, so this beach tends to attract the youth more than others.

On the eastern end of the beach there is a stone pathway that leads to yet another of Almuñécar’s gorgeous beaches, Playa Curumbico. This beach is small but even more private and is often used for nude sunbathing.

Recommended Beach Hotel: Hotel Playacalida Spa - Located on top of the cliff overlooking Almunecar and the Cabria and Calabajio Beaches. Features an infinity pool, lazy river, spa and much more.









13. Playa Calaiza - La Herradura

Costa Tropical Beaches - La Herradura - Playa Calaiza

This beach is rarely on anyone’s list as one of the "Best Costa Tropical Beaches", but I think it deserves to be. The reason most people don’t include it, is because most people don’t know about it.

Calaiza is just a tiny little cove on the western-most side of the La Herradura bay, tucked away between the rocks and the cliffs. It’s a favorite among kayakers, who often stop off for a rest, and snorkelers who enjoy the colorful fish species that live among its rocks.

The only downfall (or maybe it’s one of the best things about Calaiza... because its less crowded) is the access to the beach. The only ways to get to Calaiza are to hike in from the Pine forest above or arrive by boat. Sounds like an adventure!

Recommended Beach Hotels: Hotel Sol Los Fenicios (on the beach) | Pena Parda Bay (on the beach) | La Caleta Bay (on the beach) | OYO Hotel Almijara (2 min walk to the beach).


How to Arrive to the Costa Tropical Beaches

From Granada: Drive south on the A-44 for 45-50 minutes to reach the Costa Tropical Beaches.

From Málaga: Head east on the A-7 for 50 minutes to reach the Costa Tropical Beaches.

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I hope you find these beaches as beautiful as we do!! ;-)

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