Playa Central is the main beach in Isla Cristina and very popular with both locals and tourists meaning it can get crowded during the summer months. This 1500 metre-long European Blue Flag beach can be used to access the sand dunes and Santana Path (Caminito Santana), a popular part of the beach.
In the shelter of a nearby campsite there is a sailing and windsurfing school, which also includes some motor sports. It is a summer installation that changes its location every year. Beach installations include private showers (not free) and others in the sand which are free. At the end of the promenade, in the most central area of the beach, there is a hammock and umbrella rental service, next to the Civil Protection aid station.
Secure parking is located to the east, a few meters from the main entrance to the beach. A path from the parking lot takes you through a pine forest to the beach of El Hoyo.
A bus service connects the city with this beach and with the others of the municipality such as Islantilla, La Redondela and Pozo del Camino. Another bus service circulates within Isla Cristina, with Playa El Central being the last stop.
The beach is also equipped with solid ramps leading down almost to the shore, specifically for wheelchair users, as well as certain areas of hard flooring and shade. All types of fishing are prohibited, and this includes the removal of fauna its natural environment. It is also important to note that many may not be suitable for consumption as a result of discharges of untreated waste water at certain times during the summer.