Puerto Banus is on the coast between Marbella and San Pedro de Alcantara; Puerto Banus is located just off the N-340. The nearest golf courses are Las Brisas, Aloha and Los Naranjos. Puerto Banus is around 60 kilometres from Malaga airport. The resort is lively and fun with many other resorts close by.
Puerto Banús is the most famous marina in Spain. It has no industrial traffic, doesn't import or export and in comparison with some of the larger ports such as Málaga or Gibraltar has little importance in the grand scheme of international sea trade. What it does have, however, is glitz. When it comes to spurious glamour, international celebrities, high prices and luxury then Puerto Banús is top of the bill.
Every year around five million tourists visit Puerto Banús; one walk around the marina will show you why. Stroll along any pier, which takes your fancy, and you will find some of the biggest and most expensive luxury yachts in the world. Cars are another talking point and you should not be surprised if you see a row of parked vehicles, which includes marques such as Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini etc etc. It is a fact that Marbella has one of the highest ratio of luxury cars per head of the population in the world.
The area around the marina has developed considerably over the past five years and now offers numerous new first-class apartment blocks and accommodation facilities. In the port itself you will find a collection of expensive restaurants of different international styles.
Puerto Banús boasts some of the finest fashion names in the business. El Corte Inglés, Spain's best department store provides one of the biggest selection of goods on the Coast, while Versace and Armani shops can be found on the back streets of the marina.
There is also the new Marina Banús centre behind the port, which contains many better-known stores such as Zara, New Yorker and Amand Basi. In fact the whole area in front of El Corte Inglés is being developed constantly new stores and restaurants are opening all the time.
The lovely beaches on either side of the port are well kept and very popular in the summer. Both have large beach restaurants and are very social places to have a drink and sunbathe all day. Jet ski and volleyball are the most common sports to be practised here, but if you fancy something a little more educational then there is the sea life museum and diving exhibition along the front of the port.
Puerto Banús has one of the best night scenes on the coast, with excellent bars and clubs. If you fancy being James Bond for the evening, you can hire a luxury car such as a Lamborghini and then hit the roulette table at the casino nearby. A word of warning however, Puerto Banús is an extremely expensive place, so do not be surprised if you find that prices for drinks vary wildly from bar to bar. Mostly you can expect to pay twice as much as anywhere else on the Coast, while a large percentage of the restaurants are also very over-priced.
Alternatively you might choose to relax and watch a film at the cinema that frequently offers the latest films in English with Spanish subtitles. Look out for the VOE sign, which means that the film will be screened in its original language. This is also the venue of the Annual Marbella Film Festival, which attracts a host of celebrities. Puerto Banús is mostly a vulgar clip joint for the nouveau riche, but it does provide visitors with a wide range of entertainment and is definitely worth a visit.