Just east of its namesake neighbourhood, Barceloneta's golden-sand beach is beloved by sunseekers, and has ample eating and drinking options just inland when you need a bit of refreshment.
The northern stretch of this beach is technically known as Somorrostro. In July and August, the city sets up Biblioplatges ('beach libraries') underneath the boardwalk here, where you'll find magazines, newspapers and a small foreign-language selection among the Spanish titles. You can also hire out frisbees, volleyballs and nets, beach rackets, balls and petanque games; for kids, you'll find buckets, spades and watering cans. They're free to use; all you need to hire out books or gear is your ID.