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Fuerteventura Beaches

Fuerteventura's coastline is a paradise for sun worshippers, watersports enthusiasts and naturists. There are a total of 152 beaches offering something for everyone. Some are wild and lonely, like something out of Robinson Crusoe, while others bustle with tourist activity.

There are child friendly beaches, surfing beaches and remote spots favoured by nudists, nature lovers and birdwatchers.

With 50 kilometres of fine white sand and 25 kilometres of black volcanic sand, Fuerteventura has the biggest selection of beaches of all the Canary Islands.

Corralejo in the north of the island is the most popular tourist spot where you'll find several white sandy beaches, most with tourist facilities such as sun beds and shades for hire and various watersports.

The beaches flanking the town are ideal for families as they're well served with toilets, rubbish bins, bars and restaurants etc.

Some of the beaches in this area with their seemingly endless stretches of white sand and crystal clear water are frequently used for fashion shoots and TV commercials

 

From Corralejo you can take a glass bottomed boat ride to the Island of Los Lobos (island of the wolves) which is virtually uninhabited except for a few local fishermen.

The horseshoe shaped beach at Caleta de Fuste, on the east coast, is also good for families with its gently shelving beach and wealth of activities. Sports and leisure facilities here include diving, sailing and boat excursions.

In contrast, the wild beaches of El Cotillo on the west coast will appeal to those wanting to get away from it all. This section of the coastline is perfect for fishing, surfing and windsurfing and the village has some good seafood restaurants.

Some of the island's best and most unspoilt beaches are to be found at Jandia and Sotavento in the south where you'll find 20 kilometres of white sand, lagoons and dunes.

The Trade Winds blow all year round making this part of the coastline a windsurfers' paradise. World championship speed and slalom windsurfing events are held here every August attracting the cream of the windsurfing fraternity.

These beaches are also popular with naturists as there are always quiet spots to be found, some of which can only be accessed by jeep or on foot.

There are no official nudist beaches but topless sunbathing is accepted more or less everywhere and naturists can do their own thing (as long as they do it away from the main tourist centres where the less free and easy might lodge a complaint!)

The wonderful climate, volcanic sea beds and rich marine life of the waters surrounding the island attract scuba divers, big game fishermen and sailors from all over the world.

Play it safe and take a boat ride to see the whales, dolphins and turtles or take the plunge and explore the magical underwater world of dramatic rock formations, wrecks and reefs inhabited by rays, moray eels, sharks, barracuda and a myriad of other marine life.

Try your hand at big game fishing. You don't need any experience.the world record Mako shark, weighing in at a staggering 488 kilos, was caught in these waters by an Englishmen who'd never picked up a fishing rod in his life before!

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