by Victor Sesma
Victor Sesma is an Alicantinian living in London. He is a Software Engineer who likes writing about the city he was born.
Your Guide to Alicante [By an Alicantinian]
San Juan Beach is a very beautiful, big and comfortable sandy beach in Alicante city. It has all the services and safety features needed on the shore. Year after year, it is awarded the Blue Flag (more of that below). Here is all you need to know.
San Juan Beach is northwest of Alicante’s centre. It is a sandy beach of +3.5mi (6.2km) long and up to 109 yards (100m) wide. In high season, it has services such as toilets/changing rooms, foot showers, access for people with reduced mobility, games for children, beach bars, sports areas, pedal boats and more. The water temperature is 23°C-28°C during the summer.
The beach usually gets very busy at peak time in summer. There is a promenade with tapa restaurants, fast food, corner shops and cocktails bars. San Juan is a top beach of the many beaches in Alicante.
Here is the complete list of services at Playa de San Juan:
Apart from the pure beach services, there is a large promenade with plenty of restaurants and shops.
The Tram Trains and bus stop right next to the beach. There is also a small car parking that gets extremely busy at peak season next to the beach. Near the beach area are a significant number of parking spots but the closets to the beach get extremely busy in summer.
A funny fact is San Juan Beach merges with Muchavista Beach. They are two different beaches depending on Alicante (San Juan beach) and El Campello (Muchavista beach). Nevertheless, the change is transparent only noticeable paying attention to beach services such as lifeguards or sunbeds being offered by different companies.
San Juan beach has one of the best sands on Alicante beaches. In peak season it is cleaned every night.
The colour gets more golden when it is a bit wet. it is fluffy and thing. There are less rest of shells or sea balls than on other beaches.
San Juan beach is situated about 6mi (10km) northwest of Alicante city centre. The address is Avenida De Niza s/n- Playa de San Juan, Alicante. It is easy to go to the beach by public transport (bus/tram), bicycle or car/motorbike as it has parking spaces.
The Tram train has several stops around the Alicante centre such as Luceros, Mercado and Alicante University. Some stations and all the trains have a machine where you can buy a ticket using cash or a card (note, the Spanish currency is the Euro, €). The price for a one-way trip from the centre to the beach is 1,45€.
There are 4 Tram lines that get you to the beach:
The bus service in Alicante is reliable. The buses are well maintained and all have A/C for cold and hot air. The price of a one-way ticket is 1’45€. There are bundle cards with several trips that can make you save some money. Check Vectalia’s website for more information.
There are 3 bus lines that get you to San Juan beach:
The easiest way to go to San Juan beach by car or motorbike is following a GPS nav sat such as Google Maps.
There is free parking right in front of the beach. The lot is separated in two with two different entrances close to each other.
The car spots will get extremely busy during the summer and the motorbikes spots will get exactly as occupied. Here are the Google Maps links to the parking entrances:
Your last best option to park your car or motorbike in the peak session is to keep driving along Avenida Niza (click to open on Maps) as there is a parking space on the left. As well, there is empty land here where people usually park.
If you still need more parking options a drive along Avenida Costa Blanca or Calle de la Pasión might help.
San Juan beach is one of the best beaches in Alicante city for its size and quality. It is awarded every year with the Blue Flag that ensures high standards of water, sand and services quality. Here are some tips and recommendations to enjoy the beach the most.
Every day, the lifeguards will raise flags along the beach to indicate the particularities and safeness of getting into the water at that particular moment. The flags can be updated during the day and follow a code of 3 colours:
Some of the reasons why a flag can be changed are weather conditions, the presence of jellyfish and other aquatic animals, issues in the water quality and many more. But don’t worry, most of the time the flags are not green will be due to weather conditions and a green flag means that getting a bath is safe.
The short answer is that San Juan is for everyone so the public on this beach is very diverse. This is one of the biggest semi-urban beaches in the city. There will be teenage groups next to retired people. Or young adults next to families with young children. San Juan beach is for all types of public due to its size, connections to other parts of the city and safety.
The waters are usually not the calmest in the city. A soft breeze is common in summer and that can generate some small waves most days. Other smaller beaches such as La Albufereta are usually calmer.
Despite San Juan being a top beach in Alicante that definitely deserves a visit, you might be looking for something different. If this is the case, here is a complete list of beaches in Alicante, including coves, with all their characteristics. So it is easy to choose what beach to spend time on.
San Juan Beach is not a nudist beach. People will wear swimming pants and bikinis of all types. It is common to find women on top-less but no one will be totally naked.
From Playa de San Juan it is possible to enjoy the sight of part of the north of Costa Blanca. Places like Benidorm and mountains such as El Cabezón de Oro are in sight from the beach.
On clear days, the fine silhouettes of towns such as Villajoyosa or Benidorm can be seen, including Benidorm’s island.
Is San Juan Beach clean? Yes. The beach is maintained and cleaned all year round.
Can I drink alcohol on the beach? Drinking alcohol is not permitted on the beach.
Can I smoke on the beach? Smoked is permitted as long as cigar butts are not thrown into the sand.
How can I recognise a lifeguard? Lifeguards in Alicante wear a yellow T-shirt and red trousers and, usually, a red cap. Many times they will have an orange float on their hands.