Far from the resort towns and hotel crowds on the east coast, these beaches are for true beach lovers who only need the sand between their toes, a miraculously blue ocean, great snorkelling (the lagoons beaches) or good surf (the south beach).
Locals have built cheerful windbreaks from volcanic rocks. There is nobody to hassle you, no creepy guys selling cheap chinese toys, nobody hiring out those awful sun-loungers, no Germans fighting Brits for a chair... Just Surf, sun and sand. The closest thing I have found in Europe to an Australian beach.
The shorebreak on the south beach is brutal, especially at high tide. Great fun for those who like to feel the full force of the sea.
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