Get away to romantic Playa de San Juan! Enjoy the beaches, local cuisine, and more.

Despite its proximity to the city center, this 4-mile (6-kilometer) stretch of the Costa Blanca is nearly perfect. It’s impeccably clean, has a relaxed atmosphere and is free from the tourist trappings found at other Spanish beaches. Instead, local bars and cafés line the beach and promenade, offering traditional Spanish cuisine, drinks and conversation. Playa de San Juan is Alicante’s most popular beach, but a short walk along the sand will reveal plenty of quiet spots to set up for the day.

While the tall palms that run along the promenade provide some shade from the Mediterranean sun, visitors wanting to spend the day at the water’s edge are advised to rent an umbrella from one of the stalls along the beach. Lounges and deck chairs are also available. There is a concentration of restaurants, bars and stores at the city end of the beach, and vendors will be sure to come to you if you wait long enough. Cold drinks, sandwiches and even sunglasses can be purchased right from your seat in the sand.

The water at Playa de San Juan is crystal clear. Children will love playing in the shallow water; the conditions make it an ideal destination for families with younger kids. Windsurfing is popular at Playa de San Juan, and equipment rental is available. Rent a ball and try your hand at beach volleyball or join in a game of beach soccer with the locals. Golfers will love the beach’s proximity to the Alicante Golf Course, located directly behind the beach.

A 20-minute tram ride will take you directly from the city center to the Playa de San Juan beach. Those arriving by car will find designated parking areas behind the promenade for a small fee. Like most beaches in the area, Playa de San Juan is open to the public and there is no fee.

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Beaches, Family-Friendly and Dining

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Top Hotels in Playa de San Juan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Alicante Golf
4 out of 5
C. José Escultor Gutiérrez, 23, Playa de San Juan, Alicante, Alicante
$76
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.9/5Very Good! (303 reviews)

Located in Playa de San Juan, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arena Alicante and San Juan Beach. Hospital Universitari Sant Joan D'Alacant and Lucentum ...

3.9/5Very Good! (303 reviews)

"Amazing views. Staff happy to help with all problems and really nice and clean hotel"…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Hotel Alicante Golf
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Hotel Castilla Alicante
3.5 out of 5
Av. de los Paises Escandinavos, 7, Alicante, Alicante
$51
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4/5Very Good! (424 reviews)

Located in Playa de San Juan, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan Beach and Arena Alicante. Lucentum and Hospital Universitari Sant Joan D'Alacant ...

4/5Very Good! (424 reviews)

"Clean, food well presented and lots of choice. Staff could be warmer."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Hotel Castilla Alicante
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Hotel Almirante
3 out of 5
Avenida Niza, 38, Playa de San Juan, Alicante, Alicante
$73
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

Located in Playa de San Juan, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan Beach and Arena Alicante. Hospital Universitari Sant Joan D'Alacant and Lucentum ...

4/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"Great location with easy access to the beach and transport links to Alicante."…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Hotel Almirante
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Apartamentos Concorde
3 out of 5
Avenida Bruselas 10, Alicante, Alicante
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

Located in Playa de San Juan, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan Beach and Arena Alicante. Lucentum and Almadraba Beach are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Los jardines muy cuidados y la piscina con socorrista.el apartamento bien con una buena terraza y bien comunicado.lo malo q el baño olia mal en alguna ocasión y no me gustó q estuviese prohibido q las mascotas fuesen por la zona del jardín"…"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

Apartamentos Concorde
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Hotel Port Alicante
4 out of 5
Av de Cataluña, 20, Cabo de las Huertas, Alicante, Alicante
$115
per night
Sep 28 - Sep 29
3.5/5Good! (351 reviews)

This family-friendly Alicante hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of San Juan Beach, Almadraba Beach, and Lucentum. Albufereta Beach and Arena ...

3.5/5Good! (351 reviews)

"The professional, but laid back staff, nothing was too much trouble"…"

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Hotel Port Alicante
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Sun & Jacuzzi
3.5 out of 5
Avenida de las Naciones 24, Bloque 4, 4C, Alicante, Alicante
4/5Very Good! (1 review)

Located in Playa de San Juan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arena Alicante and San Juan Beach. Hospital Universitari Sant Joan D'Alacant and Lucentum ...

Sun & Jacuzzi

Popular things to do in Playa de San Juan

Alicante Golf Course
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Alicante Golf Course

The masterwork of Severiano Ballesteros, the great Spanish golf player and course designer, this golf course is designed for golf vacations, with an on-site hotel.

Arena Alicante
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Arena Alicante

Participate in your favorite athletic activity, try some new ones and give your body a workout in a fitness class at this large sports facility.

Castle of Santa Barbara
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Castle of Santa Barbara

Looming over the city center, this hilltop castle is the main attraction in Alicante and one of the largest castles in Europe.

Santa Maria Basilica
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Santa Maria Basilica

Learn more about the local history when you visit Santa Maria Basilica, a well-known historical site in Elche. While you're here, you can savor the lively bars.

Levante Beach
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Levante Beach

One of the Costa Blanca’s finest beaches is loved by locals and vacationers alike for its soft sand, crystalline water, busy promenade and nightlife. 

Alicante Harbour
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Alicante Harbour

Once a center of industry, Alicante’s harbor precinct is now home to some of the city’s best bars and restaurants, with views along the picturesque Postiguet Beach.

Top activities in Playa de San Juan

Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm
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Day Trip to Guadalest & Algar Waterfalls from Benidorm

$21

Discover two of Spain's most visited villages: the mountaintop village of Guadalest with its numerous museums, shops, and cafes and then head off to the natural water park in Algar. You will be collected by coach at your chosen start point.

Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante
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Traditional Tapas Dinner & Evening Flamenco Show in Alicante

$92

Feel the passion and energy of Spain come alive on this evening that celebrates 2 of the country's most important traditions—tapas and flamenco. Enjoy great conversation as you dine on a selection of authentic creations while looking out over stunning Alicante city center, and then prepare your senses for a spirited performance of Spain's national dance.

3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show
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3-Course Paella Lunch in Alicante harbour & Evening Flamenco Show

$100

Live like a local on a day filled with 2 of the country's most important traditions—paella and flamenco. Enjoy great conversation as you dine on a selection of authentic creations while looking out over stunning Alicante harbour, and then head into the historic district for a spirited performance of Spain's national dance.

Aqua Natura Benidorm
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Aqua Natura Benidorm

$30

Enjoy the warm waters and brilliant beaches of the Mediterranean with a visit to Aqua Natura. This spectacular theme park offers more than 430,000 square feet (40,000 sq m) of fun, emphasizing wide-open views that let parents keep an eye on their kids and admire the scenery on the Spanish coast.

Terra Natura Zoo
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Terra Natura Zoo

$30

At Terra Natura Benidorm, more than 1,500 animals of 200 different species await you in their own natural habitat on a trip across three continents: America, Asia and Europe.

Banana Boat in Benidorm (Spain)
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Banana Boat in Benidorm (Spain)

$22

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Benidorm Old Town, 08001 Benidorm Spain You will see benidorm beaches from a different point of view

Other neighborhoods in Alicante

Alicante City Centre
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Alicante City Centre

Castles, Historical Buildings, Ports

Alicante City Centre is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Alicante Harbour and Postiguet Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Barri Vell - Santa Creu.

Cabo de las Huertas
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Cabo de las Huertas

Beaches, Family-Friendly, Mountains

Spain’s Costa Blanca is famous for its beaches, and this particular area has a variety of settings. Choose a sunny beach that matches your mood and personality.

Ciudad Jardin
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Ciudad Jardin

This elegant residential neighborhood offers an alternative view of Alicante away from the Old Town and Costa Blanca beaches. 

San Antón
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San Antón

While San Antón might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Castle of Santa Barbara and Postiguet Beach.

Pla del Bon Repòs
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Pla del Bon Repòs

While Pla del Bon Repòs might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Castle of Santa Barbara and Postiguet Beach.

Sant Blai
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Sant Blai

While visiting Sant Blai, you might make a stop by sights like San Fernando Castle and Skate Park Monte Tossal.