With all natural and almost white sand, sheltered Pasito Blanco beach is one of the best in south Gran Canaria. However, because it's a pain to get to, it's often almost empty. Unsurprisingly, the yacht and property owners in the marina, Gran Canaria's poshest, are keen to keep it that way.
The sand is for everyone
Thanks to Spanish law, even Gran Canaria's elite can't stop you from walking through the marina to the sand; all beaches in Spain are public (except for those in military bases).
To reach Pasito Blanco beach by bus, get off at the Pasito Blanco stop on the GC 500 between Maspalomas and Arguineguín. To drive, turn off at the Pasito Blanco roundabout and park before you get to the marina security gate.
Walk down the access road and turn left (east) once you pass security. The beach access is at the far end of the marina.
Intrepid coasteers can also walk and wade to Pasito Blanco from Meloneras beach to the east. Start the three-kilometre trek two hours before low tide and never attempt it on rough days. To return, it's best to walk through the marina and get the bus rather than try to walk back with the tide rising.
Pasito Blanco beach, also called El Hornillo, is a long south facing strip of pale sand with a small cliff behind. It's clear water is sheltered by Pasito Blanco's harbour wall so it's a great swimming spot.
It has no facilities, although there's a Spar supermarket just by the boat yard inside the marina.
Alex says: You can drive into Pasito Blanco if you plan eat at the La Punta Restaurant on the harbour wall. It's members only at weekends, fiesta days and during the easter and summer holidays. Security won't let you drive in on private days.