Visitors to the beach fall in love with its miles of brilliant white sand, bejewelled with clear natural pools. One interesting feature of Sotavento Beach is a sandbank situated around 200 metres from the shore and extending over three kilometres down the coast, forming a shallow natural lagoon. The constant winds make it the perfect setting for anyone wishing to try their hand at watersports, and a well known watersports centre – the René Egli – operates here. During July and August – an important period in the world kitesurfing and windsurfing championships – huge numbers of visitors flock to Sotavento. Surfers from all corners of the globe gather here to take part in the important annual watersports competition.
Not many casual swimmers come here, so there tend not to be large crowds; most people who visit Sotavento come to windsurf or kitesurf. There are lifeguards on duty, and deckchairs, toilets, showers and food and drink establishments available.