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Boating in the bay, and swimming or sunbathing on the beaches are the main attractions here -- most people actually just enjoy whatever their hotel has to offer during their visit to the area. But Costa del Sol does have a few places outside of the hotels that are worth checking out, including Aqua Fun (Km 75.5 Blvd. Costa del Sol; tel. 503/2338-0384; www.aquafundelsol.com), a laidback bar and restaurant on the bay with a big pool, pool table, bay views, and $70-per-hour motorized watercraft rental. They also provide all-day deep-sea fishing trips that start at $699, boat, beer, and captain included. It's a good place to take a break from the beach. If you just want to visit for the day, head to Costa del Sol's Turicentro (Km 63.5 Blvd Costa del Sol.; tel. 503/2338-2050). This is one of the country's better tourist centers, with beach access, a nice pool, changing rooms, picnic tables, and a restaurant. Admission is 80¢, and the center is open daily from 7am to 4pm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.