To enjoy an exhilarating (and free) 5km walk, simply follow the promenade that extends eastwards from Playa del Inglés. The path follows a track that is sometimes at shore level and sometimes above it.
Although surfing is possible here (the best waves tend to break off the western end of Maspalomas by the lighthouse), this is not mind-blowing-waves territory. Windsurfers are better off heading east, beyond the resorts to Bahía Feliz, Playa Aguila and, best of all, Pozo Izquierdo, 25km along the coast.
Scenic Drive: Beach Detour
If you want more space on the sand, there are several choice beaches on the coast-hugging GC-500 road, west of Playa del Inglés. Follow the signs to the town hospital and Puerto de Mogán from the centre (at the top of Avenida Tirajana), passing Holiday World on your left. The road climbs past palm plantations and the golf course, Meloneras Golf. At Km 7 watch for the Pasito Bea sign, turning left on the rough approach that leads to a small black sandy cove secluded by rocks, which is mixed nude and clothed.
After a quick dip continue along the road, which winds around arid hills and, after 1.2km, comes to Playa de Carpinteras. Follow the track east of the main beach here, park on the cliffs and you will discover an idyllic, little-known broad arc of sand with shallow water backed by sloping dunes. It's known as the Playa de Montaña Arenas; here you can clamber around the rocks due east to reach the beach, which, again, is mixed nude and clothed. The third beach worth recommending is at Km 9.2. Playa de Triana is a black pebbly beach, with parking on the main road; note that you will be expected to wear your clothes here!
Follow the road a further 4km to a roundabout, where it rejoins the GC-1, heading towards the vastly more commercial beaches of Puerto Rico and beyond.