I’d say the best beaches of Costa del Sol are in Marbella and in Nerja. Nerja has playa de Burriana and playa de Maro. In Marbella, while the city beaches are somewhat dirty, the ones on the outskirts are excellent.
My pick of Costa Del Sol beaches
Playa de MaroYou can try playa de Maro, which is 5km from Nerja, and is more secluded and quiet than other beaches in Costa Del Sol. Once at the beach, you can relax by your umbrella, or rent a kayak and explore the coastline.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to access this beach without a car. If you don’t have a car, you could take a taxi from Nerja. Once in the parking area, you’ll need to go down some stairs to the beach. There is also a bus from Nerja, but it would take you to the town of Maro from where you will have to walk to the beach
Cabopino or SkolBoth, Cabopino and Skol are secluded beaches near Marbella. The Cabopino beach is a child-friendly beach as you will find shallow water for a good 50 yards out to sea.
Great to drive down to Cabopino beach. Easy access from Marbella as it is on the main road. Once at the beach, you will find plenty of free informal parking.
Las Yuccas beachNear Benalmadena, on the way to Fuengirola, this beach is fairly secluded with crystal clear waters. Great for scuba diving. Bil Bil beach also near Benalmadena is very scenic but often crowded.
Playa de la AlberquillaLocated in the nature reserve of Acantilados de Maro (Cliffs of Maro), Playa de la Alberquilla is a scenic secluded beach. Be informed, it is also a favourite of naturists.
La CarihuelaLa Carihuela on the eastern part of Torremolinos is not necessarily secluded or particularly scenic. However, it makes into the shortlist for its amenities and ease of access.
Playa del Canuelo has the reputation of being the best beach in Costa del Sol; it has surprisingly clear water full of fish and this makes it a fantastic snorkeling place for all ages including little kids.
It also has a wonderful, quiet location in the Los Acantilados de Maro nature reserve, close to Nerja.