Puerto Calero is just along the coast from Puerto del Carmen, and was the brainchild of local businessman Pepe Calero, who fulfilled his dream to build an upmarket marina, with top quality accommodation and villas for private owners. Construction began in 1983.
The marina itself is large, with 450 finger slips and berthing for a further 200 visiting vessels. It’s the stopping and refuelling point for many super yachts en route to visit The Caribbean or to cross The Atlantic.
Puerto Calero is also home to the island’s famous Catlanza catamaran which offers daily sailing excursions for tourists, going to Papagayo and anchoring off shore so everyone can enjoy some swimming, snorkelling and jet ski rides. In the summer they sail twice a day offering a choice of morning or afternoon, both with lunch included. Family trips are pirate themed to entertain little ones, they also offer adult only trips on a regular basis.
Berthed next door to the cat, is the Yellow Submarine, which dives several times a day to 30 metres just outside the harbour. Through the portholes you’ll see Stingrays, Angel Sharks and hundreds of different types of smaller fish.
Sailing races take place throughout the year from Puerto Calero, and it’s also home to several of Lanzarote’s sport fishing fleet, offering visitors the chance to try landing a tuna or blue marlin.
Situated all around the boats, the marina features designer boutique shops, several chill-out bars and a wide variety of restaurants.
There are two very small beaches, and a swimming pontoon close to the marina entrance, but for anyone wanting to enjoy the sand, they are better off either driving or walking along the promenade to nearby Puerto del Carmen.
There are two apartment complexes within Puerto Calero, both of which have large swimming pools, and spacious self-catering accommodation, and there are small sea front villas with private pools available for rental. But most people holidaying in Puerto Calero will choose to stay in one of the two excellent and very large hotels there, the 4 star Costa Calero and the 5 star Hesperia. Both have fabulous swimming pools, luxurious rooms and feature spas.
The promenade from The Marina joins a coastal footpath to Puerto del Carmen where you can pick up the promenade though Playa Honda and finally to Arrecife – a total of over 20KM, and you can ride bikes or walk along it. It means you can enjoy staying in the quiet resort, but have easy access to the much busier Puerto del Carmen. There is also a regular bus service which runs between the two, and a water taxi service which runs from the marina to Puerto del Carmen habour.
Heading in the other direction, there are some fabulous coastal walks, which carry on as far as Papagayo, although the closest stop is the fishing village of Playa Quemada, which is very traditional, and has two restaurants which serve local cuisine including fabulous fresh fish.
The 18 hole, 72 par golf course at Puerto del Carmen is a ten minute drive away, as is the theme park Rancho Texas, and Puerto Calero has easy access to all the excursions that operate from nearby Puerto del Carmen.