Clothing Beach apparently got its name hundreds of years ago when a textile-laden ship spilled its silks, which washed up on the sand. The area's most magnificent beach is a 20-minute walk from Playa la Madera and a five-minute taxi ride from town. Parasailers drift above the 1-km (½-mi) stretch of soft light sand; below, concessionaires rent Jet Skis ($40 for 30 minutes) and Hobie Cats (up to $50 an hour, depending on the size). Up and down the beach are open-air restaurants—some
with hammocks for post-meal siestas—and a handful of hotels. Kids can splash in the calm, aquamarine water or toss a ball or Frisbee on the shore—but not too close to the little stream that empties into the southerly end: it's a crocodile refuge! There's free parking in a lot at the south end of the beach.
Sep 21, 2004
I stayed on this beach last year and will again this January. The sand is clean, the water temperature is very nice, a very calm sea. It is a protected beach, so there isn't a lot of wave action. This is a good place for children. There are many nice restaurants with beach accomodations (they do like you to order food and drinks if you use their facilities). The snorkeling is not great, but to the north there is a rocky point - interesting snorkeling
there, but there is current and wave action so I recommend it for experienced swimmers only.