The Cabo de San Antonio Natural Marine Reserve is home to a large variety of species, many of them protected, such as the crayfish, the grouper and Gorgonian coral, and represents a unique spot for scuba diving. Sailing, diving and swimming here are exceptional experiences.
The Javea coastline has many different beaches to offer, outstanding among which are the busy Arenal Beach and the pretty Cala Granadella with its limpid waters.
- Cala Granadella is a lovely cove with pebbles and rocks, some 220 m long and 24 m wide, with gentle waves which make swimming a pleasure. Access is via a road which runs parallel to a dense Mediterranean pine wood. It is located in the southernmost part of Javea and from it you can see the Castle of Granadella, next to which is a well preserved cistern which, in olden times, supplied the castle garrison with water. This is a beach with history and with all the amenities which complement its beautiful coastline and Blue Flag status guaranteeing its water quality and services. There are lifeguard and first aid services, a bus service and car park, regular cleaning and sunshades and hammock hire. This cove is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling.
- Cala Portichol is situated between Punta Negra and Cabo Negro in an area of dramatic cliffs and diverse autochthonous vegetation. Portichol Island can be seen from the cove. The coarse sandy cove is 800 m long and 10 m wide, and has restaurants, toilets and showers, a public telephone, beach clearing service and rubbish bins. By car from Javea take the Cabo de la Nao road and, after 8 Km, take a left at the junction and park, then walk down to the beach.
- La Grava beach is a located in the town and has a promenade and limpid waters. It is 550 m long and 8 m wide, with coarse sand and moderate waves. Information on the sea condition is available and there is a public telephone, a promenade, a lifeguard, a maritime information point, bus stop and taxi rank, bars and restaurants.
- Cala Sardinera, a virgin cove 500 m long and 8 m wide, coarse sand. It is situated on the north face of Cabo de San Martín. It is accessible on foot via a path through pine woods, or by car on the Cabo de la Nao road and Porticholl viewpoint. The reward for making the trip is being able to have the beach almost all to yourself.
- Cala Blanca, a rocky cove 300 m long and 8 m wide. It is an exceptional cove which can only be reached on foot or from the sea and which offers splendid views of the white cliffs.
- Arenal beach, the busiest beach on the Javea coastline given its proximity to the promenade, with a wide variety of bars, restaurants, cafés, ice cream parlours and souvenir shops. It is 1400 m long and 60 m wide with fine sand and a gently sloping shelf into shallow waters. It has a complete range of amenities and services: lifeguard, Red Cross post, walkways, water skiing facilities, amusements, sports area, footbath and showers, sea condition information, access for persons with reduced mobility, car park, public telephone, bus stop and taxi rank. It is an ideal beach for children.
- Cala Ambolo de Javea is a tiny cove with clear waters situated south of Cabo de la Nao and from where we can see Descubridor Island. It is 80 m long and 6 m wide. It is the perfect spot for a quiet swim and for diving to explore its rich sea bed. It is a nudist beach with a lifeguard service.
- Muntanyar I beach, 1380 m long and 30 m wide, a pebbly beach with shallow, turquoise waters. There are a number of companies here offering sailing classes, water skiing and surfboard and jet ski hire. There is an information point for learning sea conditions, bus stop and taxi rank, bars and restaurants.
- Cala Tangó, a 100 m long cove situated behind Javea Nautical Club and very close to the Cabo de San Antonio Marine Reserve. There are two rambling routes here. It has a restaurant, flags indicating sea conditions, showers and toilets.