Estepona is fast becoming one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular residential areas thanks to its charming old town centre and its array of amenities for every age group. But residents and tourists alike are also drawn to Estepona because of its fantastic, family-friendly beaches, several of which have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for cleanliness. With 20 kilometres of golden, fine-grained sand, there is a beach in Estepona for every person’s preferences.
This Blue Flag beach is situated only a few steps away from the centre of Estepona town and is one of the best known in the area. It is long and backed by the seafront promenade for its entire length (2.6km). La Rada has several chiringuito beach bars serving fresh seafood and drinks. It also provides better disabled access than some of the other beaches in Estepona. The beach has an excellent lifeguard service, making it ideal for families, and there is ample provision of sun loungers as well.
Playa del Cristo
Another of Estepona’s Blue Flag beaches, del Cristo is located west of the marina. It is situated in a pretty, sheltered cove and is a great favourite of families with children. The beach boasts two chiringuitos and is a mecca for sunbathers. Thanks to the cove, the waters are warmer here and the beach gently slopes into the sea, making it safe for younger children. It also has a lifeguard station. Live music at the beach bars adds to the jovial atmosphere and it can get quite busy on summer weekends.
Playa Bahía Dorada
Located west of Estepona town, this beach fronts the Bahía Dorada urbanisation. The beach is about 700 metres long and 40 metres wide. It now has a promenade but there is no car access to the beach.
Playa Arroyo Vaquero
Arroyo Vaquero is about a kilometre in length and 50 metres wide and peaceful, with ample parking space and a chiringuito. Located east of the Bahia Dorada headland, access is near the Fuerte Estepona Suites Hotel.
Playa El Padrón
This popular Blue Flag beach finds itself near the Kempinski Hotel, east of Estepona town. Not only does it have a large car park and two beach chiringuitos, it also fronts Laguna Village with its fashion boutiques, stylish cafés and restaurants, as well as the exclusive Puro Beach Club.
If you are looking for something completely different then Estepona also boasts Spain’s first purpose-built naturist complex. It is located to the east of the town and is an extension of the Arroyo Vaquero beach. Day membership is available for tourists and there is sunbed hire and a kiosk serving drinks as well as a restaurant in the Costa Natura resort.