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Playa Garcey

Ajuy, Fuerteventura

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Playa Garcey is situated in a remote bay on the western coast of Fuerteventura. It is a little difficult to get there and swimming is problematic because of the currents and also in winter the particularly high waves. However, the beach is well worth a visit because of the impressive natural beach and the amazing rocky landscape. Experienced surfers will enjoy this place because of the fantastic surfing conditions, particularly in the winter months.

Playa Garcey - Wild and fun: ideal for experienced surfers

Playa Garcey is situated on the west coast of Fuerteventura in the bay of Garcey. The beach is about 400 metres long and covered with small and large pebbles of various colours. There is a sandy area only where the water breaks. At the north-easterly end of the bay is a large hole in the middle of the cliff which makes the beach very special and this spectacular view is ideal for taking photos.

The frequency of the waves at Garcey beach is especially good. This offers surfers ideal conditions to ride the waves without having to wait too long for the next opportunity. The waves are very high especially in the winter months from October to February. Swimming is then dangerous, but experienced surfers will find these conditions ideal. Furthermore, a major surfing contest takes place here once a year. As is the case for the whole of the west coast of Fuerteventura, the currents should never be underestimated. Relaxed swimming or paddling in the water is not possible here.

Playa de Garcey became well known through the wreck of the ship American Star: A towing boat was supposed to tow the former cruise ship to Thailand where it was due to become a floating hotel. Heavy storms separated the cruise ship from the towing boat and it drifted towards Fuerteventura, where it became stranded between La Pared and Ajuy at the Playa Garcey. The ship remained there from 1994 until the end of 2007. Since then the remaining parts of the wreck have been swallowed up by the sea.

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Playa Garcey is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 2/10 points
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The beach as well as the atmosphere of the location are not appealing for families.
Water sports: 5/10 points
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Wind and waves are not ideal here, but you can still have some fun in the sea.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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geo coordinates: 28.34599, -14.176222
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