Visit Anfi del Mar beach, where Gran Canaria meets the Caribbean

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Anfi del Mar is one of Gran Canaria's most beautiful beaches, with white sand brought from the Caribbean, which gives it an idyllic look, which is why it's so popular among visitors. 

Anfi del Mar is an artificial beach with sand from the Caribbean

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Anfi del Mar is one of the most beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria

Located in the south of Gran Canaria, in between Puerto Rico and Arguineguin, Anfi del Mar is a man-made beach, that unlike other typical beaches in the Canary Islands, has white sand that was brought over from the Caribbean.

The white sand at Anfi beach plays an important role in the color of the ocean, which appears to be turquoise and crystal clear, making it so popular among visitors in the south of Gran Canaria.

Anfi del Mar is a timeshare resort in Gran Canaria

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View of Anfi del Mar, Gran Canaria

The beach gets its name from the timeshare resort built around it, which is probably the most famous timeshare resort in Gran Canaria. Playa del Anfi is also known as Playa de la Verga, after the ravine Barranco de la Verga at the end of which it is located.

This beautiful beach is one of the key attractions at Anfi del Mar, so tourists who stay in other resorts travel here just to spend the day sunbathing and swimming in the turquoise waters at Anfi.

Although it was created by the resort that is built right behind it, Anfi del Mar beach is a public beach, like all other beaches in Spain, so everyone has free access to it (you only need to pay to use the facilities like sunbeds, umbrellas, just like on any other public beach in Spain).

We haven't stayed personally at the Anfi del Mar complex, we've only visited the beach during the daytime, so we can't share an opinion about its facilities and prices.

Anfi del Mar is so popular due to its white sand and turquoise water, but also because it's a safe beach for swimming since there are no dangerous currents and the beach is protected by two dikes.

The beach has all the facilities you would expect: sunbeds, umbrellas, toilets (there's a 50 cents fee and you do need a coin to be able to open the door), restaurants nearby and parking.

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Sunbeds on Anfi del Mar beach in Gran Canaria

Prices at Anfi del Mar in 2022:

  • Sunbed: 4 Euros
  • Umbrella: 4 Euros
  • 2 sunbeds + 1 umbrella: 12 Euros

Swimming at Anfi del Mar

Swimming at Anfi is really safe and pleasant, as the beach gets no big waves and no dangerous currents and there are buoys that will tell you how far you can venture out in the ocean.

Anfi is also good for kids, especially if you're there when the tide is low and the water is really shallow.

You can do all sorts of water sports at Anfi del Mar and there are also some boat trips available from Maroa Island (you will see some boats also stopping in front of the beach, with people who are partying or just doing boat trips around the coastline).

Isla Corazon de Anfi or Maroa Island

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View of Maroa island and Maroa Beach Club

Maroa Island is an artificial island with a heart shape, located right next to Anfi del Mar beach.

There are some steps that make it easy to go into the water to swim and it's a nice spot to hang out if you want to be further away from the beach, which can get crowded and noisy sometimes.

On Maroa Island, you will find Maroa Beach Club, so if you want to spend the day in a nice setting, with comfy beach chairs, more privacy than on the beach and then have lunch at a nice restaurant, this might be a good place for you to spend the day.

How to get to Anfi del Mar

You can arrive at Anfi del Mar either by car, by bus or by walking.

Walk to Anfi del Mar from Arguineguin

When we were staying in Arguineguin we walked along the coastline all the way to Anfi del Mar, walking also past Patalavaca beach.

It took us around 30 minutes to get to Anfi del Mar from Arguineguin, but that also includes stopping for photos, so it's not that far and it also depends on where you are staying in Arguineguin.

Drive to Anfi del Mar

It takes around 10 minutes to drive from Arguineguin to Anfi del Mar on the GC-500 and from Playa del Ingles it will take you around 20 minutes to get there.

Coming from Puerto Rico it only takes around 5 minutes to drive to Anfi and from Puerto de Mogan it would take you around 20 to 25 minutes to get to Anfi.

Get to Anfi del Mar by bus

The closest bus stop to Anfi is called Aguamarina and you could get there on one of these bus lines: 1, 9, 33, 39, 70, 90, 91.

Parking at Anfi del Mar

There is paid parking available on site and in January 2022 when we last visited Anfi del Mar the price for a full day of parking was 12 Euros. 

There was also the possibility to leave your car parked for free in this area, although this is not officially designated as a parking area and you would still need to walk for around 10 to 15 minutes to reach Anfi.

FAQ about Anfi del Mar, Gran Canaria

Is Anfi del Mar beach worth visiting?

Anfi del Mar is one of the most beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria, although it's an artificial one. The sand is white, brought from the Caribbean, so we think it's worth to visit this unique and lovely beach in Gran Canaria.

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