What's the weather like in Puerto del Carmen in September
September still feels very much like summer in Puerto del Carmen; conditions are hot and dry, with those welcome afternoon sea breezes that help to make the high temperatures a little more bearable.
The average temperature is 20C, just like August, though UV levels are much lower (a moderate 9 rating on the UV Index, as opposed to a rating of 11, classified as "extreme risk", in August), with similar highs of 23C and lows of 16C.
Overnight, temperatures are likely to be around 15C or 16C; still quite pleasant. It is generally even slightly warmer in resorts on the north side of the island at this time. Temperature-wise, conditions are similar across the Canaries at this time, with average temperatures of 22C in Tenerife and Fuerteventura, and 24C in Gran Canaria, La Palma and La Gomera. Although, Gran Canaria is likely to see some thick fog at this time (for one day, on average, in the month).
Average Sea Temperature and Sunshine Hours
Average sea temperatures are still high at 22C, and visitors can expect around 7 daily sunshine hours. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the area is just over 40C, and for four or five days of the month temperatures are again likely to rise above 30C.
The end of the month will see some rainfall across the island, with around 3mm of rainfall over two days in Puerto del Carmen. However, any showers are likely to be short lived and shouldn't disrupt your plans. This is still a very minimal amount of precipitation, and the other Canaries (which are much greener) have much higher rainfall averages; 13mm on Tenerife, 10mm over three days in Gran Canaria and La Palma.
The humidity is also at its highest in Lanzarote at this time, at around 74%.
Puerto del Carmen Hotels in September
The three star Las Gaviotas has a range of very well appointed apartments. Unlike many other apartment hotels, however, Las Gaviotas has a range of facilities which rival the bigger chain hotels in the area. There are rent-a-car and bike services, two restaurants, a bar, sunbathing terraces, gardens, and each block of apartments boasts its own swimming pool.
Puerto del Carmen Beach for September
There are three excellent white sand beaches, all with Blue Flag status, in Puerto del Carmen: the Playa Grande is the most popular and shelves very gently into the sea, which makes it perfect for toddlers and young children; Playa Chica, which is a better choice for activities such as snorkelling and diving, and Playa Pocillos, a huge swathe of sand with bigger currents and waves, which is a popular choice for windsurfing enthusiasts.
If you feel like venturing a little further afield, there are many lovely beaches in Lanzarote, and you may even avoid the crowds of tourists that settle on the sand nearest the resorts!
Las Conchas is an idyllic strip of golden sand with crystal-clear water on the island of La Graciosa, part of the Chinijo archipelago, just off the north of Lanzarote. The sea can be quite rough here, so you should be careful when swimming. Scuba diving can also be arranged with Centro Buceo.
La Garita, adjoining the village of Arrieta in the north of the island, is a stretch of golden sand with a gradual slope into the sea. The southern end of the beach is popular with surfers, while the calmer waters nearest Arrieta are busier. There's a children's play area and The Chiringuito beach bar, provides drinks, snacks and tapas. A bit farther down the beach, Casa de la Playa is a great place for lunch, with a traditional seafood and fresh fish menu.
Las Coloradas Beach with its medium grain black sand and picon (small lava stones) is a striking contrast to the golden sands of the Papagayo beaches that surround it. There are few services or amenities here, so if you are looking to escape the crowds and you don't mind leaving behind the bars and restaurants and banana boats, pack a picnic and head over to Las Coloradas.
Bars and Restaurants
Quintins is an upmarket gastropub, located on Avenida Juan Carlos Primero. It's a great place for a special occasion meal, as it's a little more pricy than other restaurants in the area and the dining is relatively formal. However, the food is really spectacular and makes the most of the freshest local produce.
If you're looking for something a bit different, definitely check out Teppanyaki Nippon. They serve a range of sushi and Japanese dishes, and it's quite unlike anything else in Puerto del Carmen.
The Cavern Rock Bar hosts a range of bands and live music nights and is always lively. The drinks are reasonably priced, and its cave location makes it just that little bit more special.
Things to do in Puerto del Carmen in September
There are a wide variety of entertainments on offer in Puerto del Carmen. Hot temperatures and warmer seas make September an excellent time to enjoy sunbathing and water sports at one of Puerto del Carmen's lovely beaches.
Island Watersports SCP in Puerto del Carmen offers diving and scubadiving courses for both novices and beginners. Instructors are all PADI certified and very familiar with the area.
For something a little more adventurous, try parasailing with Paracraft Watersports. The boat takes you out to sea, before you're harnessed up and launched out into the sky. It's surprisingly addictive and a lot of fun.
If you're looking for something a little drier, you should definitely head to Yaiza. Camel rides can be taken up from just outside the village. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, on Sundays they have a traditional agricultural market where you can stuff yourself with some of the finest local produce.