Playa del Ingles translates directly into 'Englishman's beach'…and I'm sure you can guess why.
Its hotels and holiday resorts were built in the 60's which was when tourism really kicked off on the island. And although the entire area is in need of an upgrade (and the local government is really pushing this forwards with little success so far) it offers good value for money.
It's also the place to go to if you're a young holiday maker looking for sun during the day and crazy nightlife at night. If that's not what you're after you might find it a little noisy.
The beach of Playa del Ingles is located between the beaches of San Agustin (to the north) and Maspalomas with its sand dunes (to the south). You can walk from one beach to the other along the coastline.
Its promenade (Paseo Costa Canaria) is packed with restaurants and
fast-food kiosks… and a McDonalds. Just pretend you never saw it!
Activities: the biggest attraction in Playa del Ingles is obviously its beach. And if you get tired of lazing under the sun you can:
- Jump onto a banana boat for €10 per person (15min)
- Go jet-skiing for €25 or €30 for two people (20min)
- Rent a pedalo for €15 for 4 people (30min)
- Parasailing €45 per person (15 min)
- You can also go windsurfing or scuba diving. Prices will vary according to duration and equipment you use.
And if you want to get away of the beach you can:
- Go to nearby water parks
- Go sky-diving!!!
- Play golf or mini-golf
- Go carting or
Shopping: you'll find a good variety shops here offering all sorts of goods...from cheap electronic products to duty free cigarettes.
There are 12 small shopping centres offering a selection of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, supermarkets and all of them have a cash-point. The largest ones are:
- Visanta: here you can buy electronic goods with European
guarantee and refunds.
- Metro: has quality designer wear and it's nearby Plaza Maspalomas.
Salesmen here can be quite aggressive. And even though you probably
hate haggling…you have to here. A good tip is to always
ask for THEIR lowest price first. And remember that
the shops to the left and to the right are probably selling the exact
- Yumbo: is the largest shopping centre in Playa del Ingles.
If you need help you can also find the Tourist Information Centre here.
It's only 5 minutes away…
- Kasbah: in Plaza del Teide has all kinds of boutiques, shops and clubs.
- San Fernando Market also open every Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Nightlife: the place to head to is definitely Kasbah centre. It has the most popular pubs and nightclub like Pascha, Cream and Chinawhite. If you go down the escalators you have the Hippodrome, Havana and Sugar which are very popular with young holiday makers.
In Yumbo centre you'll find the gay scene. There's drag shows
at Rickys Cabaret Bar.
It's dead easy to drive here. If you're driving from the airport (ie; north to south) just go down the motorway GC-1 and turn right at the red star I marked below. You'll see the sign post.
Bus: Airport --> Playa del Ingles
You can just jump on to Bus 66 which is right outside the arrivals hall at the airport. Service runs from 07:20 to 22:20 every hour and costs €4.05 one way (€6.80 return). A taxi will cost you about €29.
Bus: Playa del Ingles --> Puerto Rico
Bus 1 and 32 take you to Puerto Rico and they run every 20 minutes. You can also take a taxi for about €19.