Playa del Ingles – Gran Canaria
While Playa del Ingles is a resort spot, there’s no doubt that the beach here is actually quite beautiful. The day that we visited, the sun was shining but the beach was not too busy. There were plenty of people lying out on the beach soaking in the sun, children playing in the sand and people playing paddle ball, but there was plenty of space to move about and not feel as though you are stepping on people or getting stepped on.
Americans should keep in mind that this is a European beach and the people here treat it as such. Don’t be shocked to see topless woman and girls as well as men in speedos. Everyone’s here to soak in the sun and have fun and that’s all. There’s nothing more to it than that.
Considering it was early April, the Atlantic Ocean was quite chilly. While there were people and children playing in the water, it was rather cold for swimming for our tastes. We got our feet wet in the waves and occasionally a big wave would wash in and give you more than you bargained for. Along the rock harbors, people were fishing and you could also see black crabs crawling about, not something you would see at every beach on the island.
Playa del Ingles is on the South tip of the island next to Masopalomas. It’s sunnier in the South part of the island than it is on the upper East Coast near Las Palmas. If you’re looking for sun and swimming, this beach is an excellent choice.
One thing to note is that the resorts and walkways to the beach are high up on the cliff with beach below, so there’s several stairs that must be climbed up and down and it’s something to keep in mind for older individuals or those with small children.