The white beach – from which the town takes it’s name – has a European Blue Flag for cleanliness and is at the heart of the resort.
It’s central location means that there is no shortage of bars, cafes and restaurants as well as the other shops and amenities you might need, to make your sunbathing a pleasure.
This is the smallest of the beaches in Playa Blanca, but very popular, and fronts the main Avenida Maritima (promenade) with its numerous shops and restaurants. There are some interesting rocks to explore at lower tides, and a few beach showers are thoughtfully provided to wash off the sand before you leave the beach.
Playa Dorada is a large beach between Playa Blanca town, and the Marina Rubicon, and is close to the Princesa Yaiza and other hotels. It is a popular family beach, and offers various watersports. The sea around Playa Dorada is quite calm and comparatively safe for bathing. Again it is not too far from the main resort area of Playa Blanca and is well served by cafes, shops and restuarants, a number of which are in the Papagayo Centre just behind the beach.
Going the other way from the town beach and walking south-west along the promenade and past the port of Playa Blanca, after 5 minutes or so, you reach Playa Flamingo beach which is also very clean and safe. It is enclosed by two large piers of large rocks, forming a very gentle lagoon, though the sea still comes in and out through the gap between the piers, so the seawater stays fresh. Playa Flamingo has a number of shops and restaurants too, and several holiday villages of villas and apartments, mainly used by package tour companies.
This is the nearest (sandy) beach to the newer developments around Montaña Roja and around the lighthouse at Pechiguera, such as Faro Park, Carlos Park and Shangrila. If you are staying in these areas, it is a beautiful walk to Playa Flamingo, but it takes up to an hour. However, you can take the number 30 bus from Faro Park, which will drop you a few minutes’ walk from Flamingo beach.
Perhaps the most well known of all the beaches around Playa Blanca is Papagayo. In reality this is a collection of smaller beaches that are separated by high cliffs, forming a number of sheltered bays. This area has been protected and is now a national park which can only be accessed by a rather bumpy dirt road.
There is a small charge to use the road, but this is certainly well worth the cost. You can also reach Papagayo by Water Taxi from the Harbour in Playa Blanca. Although access to the beaches at Papagayo is relatively easy, it is quite a distance from any of the main residential or tourist developments. There are very few services at the beach (apart from one cafe and restaurant by the main car park), so if you plan on spending the day there, you need to go prepared.