Playa Santiago is a popular resort town whose beaches can be enjoyed year-round thanks to a warm moderate climate. Here we discuss the best beaches in Playa Santiago La Gomera and its surrounding area.
An Overview – Beaches In Playa Santiago De La Gomera
Playa de Santiago is the main beach in the centre of this resort and gives its name to the town of Playa Santiago. There are three quieter beaches at the northern end of town, two of which have road access.
|Playa De Chinguarime||North Playa Santiago||No|
|Playa De Santiago||Centre Of Playa Santiago||Yes|
|Playa De Tapahuga||North Playa Santiago||Yes|
|Playa Del Medio||North Playa Santiago||Yes|
Our best beaches in Playa Santiago La Gomera are typical of the island. They are relatively small with black volcanic sand or shingle. If you are searching for long white beaches with endless lines of sun loungers, La Gomera may not be the place for you.
La Gomera has a reputation as a hippy destination, and some of the La Gomera beaches are known for attracting nudists. The most famous is Playa del Ingles at Valle Gran Rey, but many of the more isolated beaches are also popular with nudists.
One important word of caution is that swimming at La Gomera beaches can be dangerous, particularly during the winter. Some beaches aren’t suitable for swimming (especially for children) at any time of year. We recommend you take the advice of a local tourist office before swimming.
Playa De Chinguarime (Playa Santiago)
Playa de Chimguarime is a wide isolated beach that is a mix of mainly rock and gravel. This idyllic beach is surrounded by spectacular cliffs, rocks and caves with beautiful crystal-clear water.
There isn’t road access to the beach, so it isn’t widely used. However, it is still quite popular with hippies, and there is a good chance that you will find a handful of people camping here, plus the occasional nudist.
The easiest way to access Playa de Chinguarime is to drive to neighbouring Playa del Medio and then walk. It is a relatively short but steep walk. If you are lucky enough to catch a very low tide, it is possible to walk from Playa del Medio through a large short cave.
Playa De Santiago (Playa Santiago)
Playa de Santiago is a popular beach in the heart of the small resort town of Playa Santiago. It is a long beach at around 800 metres, but the western (harbour) end of the beach is separated by a low concrete pier.
The pier, along with the main harbour wall, provides a sheltered bay with a beach that is usually safe for swimming. An attractive promenade with restaurants and cafes overlooks the beach. There are also shops nearby.
Playa De Tapahuga (Playa Santiago)
Playa de Tapahuga (sometimes spelled Playa de Tapachuga) is a short drive from Playa Santiago but is quiet and a good place to escape the crowds. People were camping here when we visited, including some in makeshift shelters at the base of the cliffs. You may also come across nudists at this beach.
This is a very attractive bay with a steep beach and crashing waves. We did see a couple of people swimming here, but the waves are strong, so use caution.
The main downside for me was the abandoned buildings at the edge of the beach which were an eyesore. There aren’t any cafes/restaurants here, but there is a sheltered area with seating, tables and a BBQ area for you to cook your own food.
Playa Del Medio (Playa Santiago)
Playa del Medio is a stunning, partially sandy beach which is a short drive from Playa Santiago along a narrow road. The beach is free of any buildings. You will just find crystal-clear water, crashing waves and spectacular cliffs and caves.
When we visited, some people were camping in makeshift shelters in caves. However, it is a pretty large beach, and you are likely to find a quiet space for yourself. Note that there is a good chance that you will come across nudists here.
Conclusion: Your Ultimate Guide to the best beaches in Playa Santiago La Gomera
So, you’ve made it to the end of our journey exploring the best beaches in Playa Santiago, La Gomera. From the bustling heart of Playa de Santiago to the secluded corners of Playa de Chinguarime, each beach offers a unique experience. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or someone who just wants to relax by the sea, there’s a spot for you.
Remember, La Gomera’s beaches are not your typical white-sand paradises; they are unique with their black volcanic sand and shingles. But what they lack in conventional beauty, they make up for in character and tranquillity.
Before you pack your bags, don’t forget to heed local advice, especially when it comes to swimming. The waters can be unpredictable, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
So, are you ready to discover your own slice of heaven in Playa Santiago? Which beach will you visit first? And most importantly, have you packed your sunscreen?