Playa Esmeralda sits on the broad neck of the Jandia peninsula in the far south of Fuerteventura, and faces east. Best reached with a private vehicle, the final section of the journey requires a short drive along a dirt road from the FV-2 highway. Beyond the car park, low cliffs slip down onto the beige sand.
Playa Esmeralda stretches for roughly 400 metres in length, and at its maximum extent is 35 metres wide. Thanks to the surrounding cliffs, its sands are relatively sheltered from the wind, and its waves mostly calm. The cross-shore winds attract windsurfers to this spot when conditions are right. One of the region’s wilder beaches, there are no refreshments to be found on the beach itself, but there is a snack bar within walking distance.
Beyond the rocks at the northern end of the Playa Esmeralda you’ll find the slightly smaller Playa Esmeralda Norte (North), which can be reached on foot along the shoreline at low tide.
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