Welcome to my Puerto Duquesa blog

I've been visiting Puerto Duquesa three or four times a year for the past 20 years and have seen the area change enormously in that time. Where once there were dirt tracks and open countryside, there are now two lane motorways and apartment complexes. And whilst the area has changed and grown dramatically, it has still retained its small town, or should that be 'small marina' feel, which keeps me, and thousands others, coming back year after year.

Since I am currently in the USA it is a slightly odd time to start a blog about Puerto Duquesa, but the reason for doing so is simple - I may actually have some time to write some stuff! Most of the things I'm going to write about are things I like doing in the area or places I like going. Clearly I am not going to be able to cover everything, but hopefully I can give you a taste of what makes this such a special place and give you some ideas for your next trip.

If you can't immediately find what you are looking for, please scroll down and look in the blog archive (click the triangles to expand the list of articles). You might also want to start with these articles: Puerto Duquesa: the basics, Favourite (best?) restaurants in Puerto Duquesa, Puerto Duquesa beaches and Holiday accommodation in Puerto Duquesa. Want to get to know the area? Try A walking tour of Puerto Duquesa.

I welcome contributions, comments, criticisms and...well...praise.

If you want to link to me or you want me to link to you, that'll work too. If I think you're a good local company and you're prepared to part with a few euros, you might be lucky enough to advertise on the blog (which, fyi, is page rank 3 on Google - just type in puerto duquesa at google.com).

Thanks / Gracias

Chris (chris@cdgsmith.com) (March 2007)


Saturday, April 7, 2007

Recommended beaches near Puerto Duquesa

The beaches in Puerto Duquesa are great, but if you're going to be staying in Puerto Duquesa for more than a week or have been down here a number of times before, you may feel like venturing a little further afield. Below are a selection of my favourite beaches...enjoy!

Family friendly

Puerto Duquesa is pretty good when it comes to being family friendly, but the beach at Estepona is also excellent. Not only to do you have a relatively nice, sandy/pebbley beach, but you also have pedaloes for hire (great fun, go for the one with the slide on the front) and all the attractions of the paseo maritimo, which includes childrens play areas. To get there, simply head East out of Puerto Duquesa towards Sabinillas on the main road and continue until you get to the Estepona roundabout. Turn right at the roundabout and follow the road through the town until you get to the paseo maritimo. Park along the road or in the underground car parks.

Peaceful

If you want a large expanse of sand and not many people on it (who doesn't?), then your best bet is to head West out of Puerto Duquesa towards Sotogrande. Along this stretch of coast, the crowds thin out and its easier to find a secluded spot. Some of the beaches require a bit of nouse to get to, but if you don't fancy clambering down cliff sides, just keep going along the main road until you reach the Sotogrande roundabout (where you can either go straight over on a dual carriageway or turn left onto an old single lane road). Turn left and then almost immediately left and drive down the unpaved road to the beach. When parking be careful not to get stuck in the sand - this has happened before and was not funny.

Glam

Being English, I find the idea of being 'glam' at the beach a difficult one to comprehend, but if you have managed to get a half-decent tan (not burn) and like your beach experience with a muscial accompaniment and cocktails, these two options should suit you perfectly:

Puro Beach

Puro Beach started in Palma and opened a Marbella location last year. Despite the fact it's called Puro Beach Marbella, it's actually situated on the New Golden Mile, just East of Estepona in the new Laguna Village complex (visible from the main road). It offers every conceivable luxury including pristine white sunloungers and tented bed areas, massages and spa treatments and cocktails, drinks and food delivered to you. This all comes at a price, but for a one off treat it's got to be worth a go. In the peak summer season, DJs spin house music until the early hours.

Puro Beach is part of the Laguna Village complex - see the Laguna Village near Puerto Duquesa section.

Puerto Banus

The beaches around Puerto Banus offer a similar experience to Puro Beach for less of your hard earned euros. Think beaches crammed with beautiful people (well, mainly), expensive beach bars and the occasional concert or DJ set. You can usually find out about upcoming events by picking up flyers from the designer shops or listening to one of the English radio stations.

If you need a car to get to these beaches, check out the Puerto Duquesa: the Basics section. If you want to go windsurfing or are looking for a more rugged beach experience, you want to head around to the Atlantic Coast and the town of Tarifa - see the Day Trips from Puerto Duquesa section.

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