Crowd factor – high, touristic.

Beauty factor – very nice

Sheltered from Winds

Surf factor – None

Rips – None

Local facilities – One bar on the quay and some vendors with carts.

Access – Parking on road behind beach, can be busy.

Playa Chica, Puerto del Carmen

Playa Chica is a popluar and cosy little beach with amazing snorkelling.

Playa Chica is the most Southerly beach in Puerto del Carmen.

You have to navigate some smaller back roads to get there and parking can be tricky but its well worth the effort.

This little beach has some of the most amazing snorkeling anywhere in Lanzarote.

The amount and variety of fish swimming in the bay is a site to see. Fish of all different colours, shapes and sizes cruise around even very close to shore. As a treat for even the youngest children take some bread and throw it in the sea, this will attract many fish straight away.

From the surface it looks like a normal rocky cove. Once you put your head under the water it comes alive with colour and beauty.

There is a dive shop on the beach where you can hire a snorkel and mask and swim further out in this safe bay. The most fish hang out near the rock out crops either side of the small bay.

On either side of the beach are rocky arms leading out to sea. To the right is a quay for boats, divers and excursions. There is also a nice restaurant on the quay side.

You can relax on the good quality sand or further back on the promenade with a sun bed.

The water is warm and safe and great fun for all the family. Most of the time there are lifeguards on duty just in case.

Playa Chica, Puerto del Carmen