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The Beaches of Fuerteventura
A page seems hardly sufficient to cover the beaches of Fuerteventura, after all there are around 125 miles of beach on the island. In this page there is a summary of some of the magnificent beaches to be found here on Sunny Fuerteventura. Naturism, or nudism is acceptable all over Fuerteventura, but with so much beach available they tend to use the quieter stretches of beach away from the general family holidaymakers.

Costa Calma: This beach is part of the Playa de Sotavento (Leeward beach) de Jandia. It is a long wide beach with a narrow band of scrubland between the beach and the rise where the buildings begin. This area is popular with naturists. The beach is cleaned daily to remove weed that washes up there. The sea is pleasant for swimming and there are a couple of sanitary blocks on the beach itself. Naturists in this area tend to frequent the area where there are some shrubs, for privacy.

Corralejo Grandes Playas: The beaches to the south of Corralejo, along the east coast, are situated in the Parque Natural de Corralejo. Those between Corralejo and the two large hotels are used for umpteen things. From beach to beach the conditions vary and sports enthusiasts use them for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding. Naturists use the quieter parts of the beach about 200 metres either side of the large hotels. There are some large circular rock constructions that can give shelter or privacy. When the tide is out there are rockpools and small waders come in to feed. The bus between Corralejo and the hotels runs every 30 minutes in either direction, and a walk along the beach is a lovely way to pass a couple of hours; more if you like to stay a while.

Corralejo: Corralejo is at the northern tip of the island and is built around what was originally a small fishing port. There are several beaches in the immediate area. The ones closest to the town centre are family friendly as they provide a safe environment, and they are also close to the facilities that a family may need. A family beach with no naturists.

Caleta De Fuste / Costa Caleta: Caleta De Fuste is a purpose built resort. It is based around the large horseshoe shaped cove. The natural features of this cove, or caleta, mean that there is a gentle slope into the sea, it is protected from waves, and there are no dangerous currents. The beach has been created from imported sand, and other bathing areas have been made around lagoons created by digging into the rock behind the shoreline and then importing sand, the new beaches going down toward the Atlantico centre, are now completed. As Caleta is a family resort, there is only a little naturist activity in the quieter area toward the Atlantico centre.

Sotavento: Sotavento beach is quite different in nature depending on whether the tide is in or out. When it is out it is a an expansive beach where you tend to be sand-blasted. When it is in the beach disappears to be replaced by a spit that runs for a couple of kilometeres.

Playa Blanca, Puerto Del Rosario: Playa Blanca is a short walk from the centre of Puerto del Roasario. The white sand stretches for about half a mile and at the far end of the beach there is a warning sign about the nature of the currents, however during the summer ther is a flag system to show when it is safe to bathe. There are also lifeguards there at busy periods. It is used by the locals when they fancy an hour at the beach and by surfers as there is usually some surf there. There is very little topless bathing, so naturism is probably not acceptable here.

El Cotillo Beach: The white sandy beaches stretch for miles to the south of El Cotillo. They are on the west coast of the island and therefore the waves tend to be larger than average. The size of the beaches means that even on a busy day it is possible to have lots of space to yourself. You can get the number seven bus from Puerto Del Rosario, or the number eight from Corralejo. The beach to the south of El Cotillo is huge and so it is easy to find a quiet spot for naturist bathing.

Morro Jable: The beach at Morro Jable is also known as the Playa del Matorral. The beach has the usual water sports activities going on and it is possible to go sailing in a hired boat. The beach at Jandia is informally divided into a naturist section to the left of the lighthouse when looking out to sea, and a clothed, but not many, to the right. There are sunbeds available on both sections and the sea is pleasant for swimming. Morro Jable's naturists tend to frequent the area to the left of the Lighthouse as you are looking towards the sea.

Cofete: The beach at Cofete is a white sandy beach that is about 5km in length. It is not easily reached and this means that there is plenty of room to get away from other people, if you wish to do so. We found the surf to be a bit on the rough side and would recommend taking great care if bathing. As the beach is huge there is pleanty of room for naturists.

Ajuy: Ajuy has a long black sandy beach, where you can see some interesting geological features. There is a nice walk along the cliffs to a cave and a viewpoint looking out to the sea. The restaurant on the beach and those close by are Spanish owned. The day we went there we didn't do any bathing and we didn't see anyone else bathing either so we are not sure what the water is like.

Lobos Island: A trip to the Island of Lobos will give you access to a beautiful sandy beach which has a gentle slope into the water. We can recommend this for bathing and there are plenty of fish to be seen if you fancy trying snorkelling.
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