It’s no secret that the no shoes, no shirt, no problem kind of lifestyle is one of the best ways to spend your days.
The thing is, some people only get to enjoy the beach like this when they’re on vacation. They pack a bunch of bathing suits and flip-flops to spend a week in paradise, then store their summer favorites away until the following year.
But, imagine if you could live like a beach bum every day! While you’re at it, picture it as one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen. When you live in Marbella, that’s exactly what’s in your backyard.
The beaches in the Costa del Sol are some of the most breathtaking in the entire world, and you can visit them in less than an hour as a Marbella local. Here are the 15 best beaches in Marbella you absolutely have to see for yourself.
1. La Malagueta
La Malagueta is many new locals’ first beach stops in Marbella. It has a fun, iconic sand sculpture that welcomes you to the beach and plenty of space for you to lay out on the soft sand. You can also rent sunbeds and parasols, which are great if you want to spend the whole day in the sun.
Don’t worry about packing food for the day, either. There are all kinds of vendors and chiringuitos on the beach available for your pleasure. Chiringuitos are small beach bars. They’re popular on many Marbella beaches.
Although Malagueta has a certain charm to it, Cabopino is arguably one of the most popular beaches in Marbella. This is likely due to how large it is. Running 1200 meters long, it’s easy for Cabopino to fit many families, couples, and solo beach-goers comfortably.
3. Dunas de Artola
Just around the corner from Cabopino is Dunas de Artola. This is where the beach starts to get a little more “European”, in other words, nude. Dunas de Artola is the place to go if you want to get the most even tan of your life or you just want to see what all the fuss is about in terms of nude beaches.
4. Las Chapas
Up next is Las Chapas. Located on the east side of Marbella, Las Chapas is a nice place to go if you only want to spend a few hours at the beach.
This beach is very urbanized so it’s a good starting point if you’re looking to dine or bar hop after your tan and swim time. Keep in mind it’s one of the busier play in Marbella options. Don’t be surprised if you show up and see a large crowd.
5. Carvajal Beach
Head to Carvajal Beach if you like the fun and excitement of beach crowds. This is another urbanized area just 30 minutes away from the center of town.
It’s a nice place to take the whole family or to explore on your own. The sand is nice and soft and the waves are a good height for adults who like to splash and swim and little ones who are a little shy, too.
6. Estrella del Mar
Another beach worth going to is Estella del Mar – the star of the sea. The water here looks like glass and the sand feels like soft pillows under your feet.
All around you, there are locals and tourists alike enjoying the scene and splashing around. Estrella del Mar is also a place that is fairly urbanized and pretty popular.
7. Playa Malaspequera
The thing about being the life of the party at popular beaches is that it gets really hot. At some point, you’re going to need some shade and cool off.
Playa Malaspequera is the best place to go for beach-lovers that like to hang out from dawn to dusk. It’s a fun, upbeat beach destination with plenty of shade all around.
Plus, it’s an award-winning part of the Costa del Sol. Playa Malaspequera is known for its environmentally-friendly efforts that preserve the beauty of the area without compromising the enjoyment for all.
8. Playa de la Carihuela
Still interested in seeing more beaches? Put Playa de la Carihuela next on your list.
This is one of the bigger Marbella beaches, which is nice if you want to walk the coast or get to know other locals. The water is clear and shallow and there’s plenty of room on the beach for you to have your own space. Go here if you want to relax but also socialize a bit.
9. Nueva Andalucia
The area of Nueva Andalucia is urbanized like other beaches on this list, but it’s one of the more up and coming areas. This beach stretches from Puerto Banu’s high-end marina and takes visitors up the coast, offering luxurious entertainment every step of the way.
You’re sure to eat good, have fun, and drink a few fancy cocktails while you’re here. It’s part of the experience, after all!
10. Nikki Beach
Speaking of luxury beach living, make Nikki Beach a priority if that sounds like your type of party. Nikki Beach is known for popping champagne and hosting A-list guests. It’s a no-brainer if your lifestyle goes hand in hand with that of high-rollers and famous models.
11. El Alicate
El Alicate is a nice mix between a quiet beach and a crowded one. It’s not exactly off the beaten path, but it’s not filled with a bunch of tourists, either. This is where you want to be if you’re looking for a fun beach that isn’t too loud or urbanized.
While you’re here, make sure you order a glass of sangria (or two) and order some food! The smaller crowds make it possible to get a more personal food service experience, which is always nice.
12. Playa Nagueles
What if you’re a fan of luxury but also want your privacy? Then you have to go to Playa Nagueles. The beach is cleaned every single day here, and you can rent a yacht if you want to spend the whole day out on the water.
On the shore, there are lifeguards stationed all day every day, and there are plenty of food and drinks available to order, too. It’s a little slice of paradise that feels untouched but also provides incredible comfort.
13. Punta Paloma
For those that like the thought of untouched beaches more than food and bottle service, you have to go to Punta Paloma. This beach is on the other side of beautiful sand dunes – something you definitely don’t see every day. There’s also a longer way around the dunes if you prefer not to walk over them.
Once you reach the shore, though, you feel like you’re in another world. It’s beautiful and quiet and truly pristine, and all there for you to soak in.
It wouldn’t be a complete list of the best Marbella beaches without mentioning Tarifa. Tarifa is a bit of a drive from Marbella, but it’s worth every second.
Head 1 hour west of the city and you find yourself facing Morocco from the shore. The beach here is also quiet and not as urbanized, with white sand and crystal clear water welcoming you to relax.
15. Playa de Maro
Last but not least, Playa de Maro. This beach is not only untouched, but it’s not just your average scene of sandy shore and nice water. There are tall cliffs along the beach that are great for the brave-hearted to jump off and take pictures from.
The water is deep and full of marine life, and the whole place is like something out of a movie. There are no words to accurately describe the magic of this Marbella beach, you just have to experience it for yourself.
Find Your Favorite Spots Among the Best Beaches in Marbella
It’s one thing to read about all the best beaches in Marbella and another to be able to tell the difference between them all. Make it a point to visit a new beach every weekend as you’re getting settled into your new home in Marbella.
This way, you’ll know all the best places to take friends and family and you’ll be able to find your favorite, personal oasis on the shore, too! But first, you have to make the move. To start planning your new life in Marbella, click here.