The beach of Calahonda starts just north of the MacDonalds Dona Lola complex and ends just after the MacDonalds Leila Playa resort which is a distance of about 3 Kilometers. At the southern end the administration changes from the Adjunct of Marbella to the adjunct of Mijas. The beach is a public beach but the municipality allows concessions to provide bars and churringitos and hammocks and parasols for hire. There are waste bins at intervals along the beach, also a number of showers, a number of public conveniences and recently interpretative material on the flora and fauna has been installed. In the summer there is a daily litter pick and waste bin rubbish collection. Once a week there is a sand flattening exercise, by a tractor.
Sea erosion is a problem and there are various points at which the sea is threatening the beachside property walls. Sea urchins are a problem for barefoot walkers on the beach.
From the southern end the beach is about 60 metres wide and you first reach the La Luna bar which can be accessed by car from the N340 down a roadway just after the Los Cipresses Commercial Centre which doubles as a river course in heavy rain. La Luna offers some watersports and hammocks and parasols. The sand is generally fine and the beach is shallow. Bathing is generally safe and the municipality provides Lifeguards in Peak season.
After the Leila Playa resort the next main feature is Royal Beach (about 0.5 Kilometers) , approached down a road from the N340 junction alongside MacDonalds. There is a small Car Park near the churringito but they have provided a dirt car park 50 yards nearer the motorway. They have provided an impressive ramp down to the beach which is stocked with hammocks and parasols. Watersports are available. The beach here is about 40 metres wide with fine sand. Bathing is into a shallow sea.
After Royal Beach the beach narrows slightly and is dominated by a residential complex that ends with a tower block with a terrace that juts out to the sea. Fronting the complex is El Capricho, a churringito approached down a road from the N340. There is a small Car Park near the churringito which provides hammocks and parasols. Limited watersports are available. The beach here is about 40 metres wide with fine sand. Bathing is into a shallow sea.
Once past the headland created by the terrace, the MacDonalds Dona Lola complex comes into sight. The beach is generally flat with a shallow sea. Playas de Calahonda ends at the Dona Lola resort.
Calahonda is a peaceful and trouble free area. The vast majority of residents and business proprietors are English speaking, so communication is not a worry.