All but hidden by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean at high tide, at low tide Güi Güi Beach reveals a narrow stretch of dramatic sand. A rich brown-black in colour and backed by towering mountain slopes dotted with tall cacti, it lies in a remote area of the Reserva Especial Natural de Güi-Güi.
Pronounced ‘wee wee’, Güi Güi Beach can be subdivided into two sections. The first reached is known as Güi Güi Grande, although at around 350 metres (1200 feet) in length it is actually the shorter of the two. The second, Güi Güi Chico (Little Güi Güi) is almost twice as long, obviously! It’s reached by walking south from Güi Güi Grande, but this shouldn’t be attempted during high tide. Short of chartering a boat, the only way into Güi Güi Grande Beach is a five kilometre (three mile) signposted walk from Tasartico.
Its remoteness has made it a stronghold for the naturist community, which traces its origins back to the 1960s. There are no facilities on the beach, although a small shop can usually be relied upon in the summer months. Despite its history as a camping spot, any sort of stay is not permitted and can be punished with a hefty fine.
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