Playa Garcey - Wild and fun: ideal for experienced surfersPlaya 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.