Esquinzo-Butihondo is one of our favourite beaches in Fuerteventura and perhaps the most beautiful in the south of the island. 10Km north of Morro Jable, it can be reached by walking from the main beach in Jandia (when the tide is out) or by a short drive on the FV-2 motorway (the no.5 bus route also stops here). It is actually two adjoining beaches; named after the valleys of Esquinzo and Butihondo that enter the sea here.

Butihondo Beach, Fuerteventura
Butihondo Beach, Fuerteventura
This blue flag beach has light golden sand and clear turquoise waters. The shallow sand bars and usually calm water make it a great place for families with children. Sun-loungers and umbrellas are available as well as the public amenities of toilets and showers. As a blue flag beach, life guards are also on duty and flags indicate the safety of the current sea conditions.

Esquinzo/Butihondo can get rather busy in peak summer season. However, even when busy it still feels tranquil, as the near 3Km of beach is split into sections; one for nudists, one for sunbathers and the other for water sports like wind surfing, kite surfing and sailing (marked off in the water with buoys). Many nudists head to the north of the beach or to the small semi-circular stone ‘zuccos’, which afford some privacy.

Right on the beach are a couple of Chiringuitos (beach bar-restaurants); these are a great place for a cold beer or fresh fish lunch; all enjoyed whilst keeping your feet firmly planted in the sand.

Esquinzo Beach, Fuerteventura
Esquinzo Beach, Fuerteventura
There are a number of hotel and apartment resorts in the area, mostly visited by German tourists. There are relatively few shops and bars in the area, though there is one large supermarket (Mercadona). The beach is relatively easy to access, but does involve a number of steps (Follow the signs for Butihondo from the motorway and park near the hotels).