Playa Taurito is a narrow valley with native sand. The area, which is also called Lago Taurito Oasis, is lined with hotels. This resort is suitable for nightlife lovers, since it’s only a short bus ride or cab ride to Puerto Rico, but it’s also great for people who want peace and quiet, since there is no nightlife (apart from the entertainment in the hotels) to keep you awake. There are a few beach cafes where you can get a nightcap but nothing rowdy.
The Beach and Lido
Playa Taurito is 3 kilometres from Mogan and 9 kilometres from Puerto Rico. The beach has waves because it isn’t sheltered like some other Gran Canaria beaches. The same is dark because it’s native to Playa Taurito. If you’re after golden sand, head to Maspalomas or Playa de Puerto Rico or if you like fine powder-like, imported Caribbean sand, you might prefer Anfi del Mar. The big lido in Taurito has water slides and several big, linked pools, so you might like this if you aren’t keen on the dark sand or unsheltered coastline.
There is a squash court at Playa Taurito and also some tennis courts and a jogging circuit. You can hire racquets if you fancy playing something. You can also find mini-golf in the area, as well as jet-ski hire, pedalo hire and a scuba diving centre.
Playa Taurito Accommodation
You can choose from half-board or full-board if you’re staying in Taurito and there are also a couple of holiday club complexes (same principles as timeshare). Some of the hotels in Taurito offer free bus transfers to places like Puerto de Mogan or Arguineguin on market day (Tuesday for Arguineguin, Friday for Mogan, if you’re after the market).
You can visit Taurito by bus or cab if you’re staying in Puerto Rico or Mogan, although it’s a bit of a trek down to the beach. “A bit of a trek” means 15 minutes or so but when it’s hot, believe me, it feels like more! There is an underground car park down there too so your car will be cool inside when you return to it. Bus lines 1 and 32 go to and from Taurito.
Taurito is a pleasant spot but it takes about 90 minutes to get there from the airport so if you don’t want a long transfer upon arrival, try San Agustin or Bahia Blanca which are very similar but much nearer to Las Palmas airport.