Cabopino beach is popular and was made famous as a backdrop to the BBC television soap Eldorado. There is a small marina that is surrounded by some cafes and restaurants where you can sit and enjoy the view of the boats. There are two main sections of the beach. The first section lies between the marina and the breakwater that stretches into the sea. This section generally has a lifeguard on duty and is very close to bars and cafes. The water is designated for swimming. Andy’s beach bar is a well known spot for live music on the sand and operates most of the day.
The second part of the beach runs from the breakwater and lies in front of the famous sand dunes (Las Dunas Artola) which are now a protected area. There are a number of wooden walkways that cross the dunes from the parking area and also link this part of the beach to the marina section.
This section of beach is not generally provided with lifeguards and the sea is open to all users, so you might expect some small boats or other craft. You are advised to bring your own drinks and something to eat as it is a bit of a walk to the amenities. There are some beach sellers from time to time.
The area of the beach closest to the marina is most popular with families, the section of beach furthest away in the direction of Marbella is known as a gay beach. However people mix right along this section. Clothing is optional on this stretch of beach.
There is a bus service that stops at Cabopino, you then have a short walk into the marina section. There is a large public car park, but do beware if you park in the urbanisation you might get a parking ticket.