La Puntilla beach is the city's smallest but with clear water sheltered by the harbour wall and enough golden sand for the whole village and a few visitors, it's got atmosphere. Swimming is safe but stay away from the harbour entrance or the fishermen will shout at you.
If the beach is busy (as it is at weekends and during school holidays) just walk south along the rocks and you'll find a patch of pebbles all to yourself.
There are no facilities at La Puntilla but the ice cream van visits on weekend afternoons.
For food, head into the village and pick a fish restaurant: San Cristobal has some of the best on the island with fish delivered daily by Las Palmas' artisanal fishing cooperative.
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but still has enough golden sand for the whole village and a few visitors.