The south shore of Gran Canaria is famous for its popular beaches. The Playa Del Inglés and Maspalomas are the biggest and most popular beaches. Many beaches, including Playa Del Inglés and Maspalomas, have nudist sections, and the nude area around Beach Bar 7 on Maspalomas, the gayest stretch, can be quite cruisey.
Take a taxi to the Plaza del Faro shopping centre at the west end of the beach, then head east, looking for where men predominate, and rainbow flags begin to appear. Another suggestion is to follow the red-topped posts which lead to the gay area. Blue-topped posts lead to a gay cruising area. There are kiosks where you can buy cold drinks along the way. As night falls the sand fleas take over, and people don't hang around for long.
Gran Canaria’s beaches are legendary for the waves, so several schools give surfing lessons. Many companies also offer scuba diving packages along the island’s natural and artificial reefs and shipwrecks.