Top 12 Beaches in Tenerife

Tenerife has numerous beaches to suit every individual taste.  From the busy beach of Playa de las Americas, to the quiet quaint beach of Masca, which is a 3-hour walk down to the bottom, or a boat trip around the island to get to it, there is a beach for all tastes.  In total, the island has 67 kilometres of beaches for you to choose from.

On the northern coast, you will find volcanic sand beaches.  However, on the south and the south-west coast of the island, there are more of the beaches that have finer and clearer sand, with golden tones.

Playa de Benijo

Playa de Benijo in Santa Cruz de Tenerife  during sunset is a breathtaking, eye capturing view.  Surrounded by the Anaga Mountains that nudists sunbathe under, the beach is renowned for its sports activities.  There is the benefit of a beach kiosk that sells light refreshments to keep you hydrated and steers of the hunger pangs during your day at the beach.

Playa de la Vistas

Playa de la Vistas is a blue flag beach.  This beach is 805 meters long however, it can still become very crowded during the summer months.  It’s especially popular as it renowned for its safe swimming.

Playa Jardin

At Playa Jardin, although the sand is a soft dark colour – this is a beach in some respects reminiscent of the United Kingdom.  The beach has botanical gardens that were created by Cesar Manrique, the artist and architect from Lanzarote.  Who knows, perhaps he was designing these gardens, based on the great English scope of colourful gardens near beaches.

Playa de Fanabe

Playa de Fanabe in only a 10-minute stroll from the exclusive El Duque.  If you are a keen watersports enthusiast then this is definitely the beach for you.  They have just about every type of water sport available.

If watersports really aren’t your thing, but you fancy an hour or two away from your sun lounger (or the bar), then they have interesting glass water bottom boats purely for excursions. If you haven’t been on a glass water bottom boat then this really is quite an eye opener.  The amount of sea life you will experience is unbelievable.   Seeing nature under the sea is quite extraordinary.

Playa Bollullo

Playa Bollullo is a natural beach, with volcanic sand.  You can walk to it from Puerto de la Cruz and it is very exciting as you walk through the banana plantation.  Walking through the plantation you will be protected from the harsh rays of the sun, which is always a bonus if the mercury is high.  You get a real taste of being abroad amongst this tropical backdrop.

Playa el Médano

Playa el Médano is the longest beach on the south coast of the island.  It has glorious sand and it stretches from Plaza de El Medano near the town square to Montano Rojo to the west.  El Médano is a small town near to Playa Grande and Playa Tejita beaches.  It is probably the best Spanish themed resort as is exposed to strong gusty winds.  It is very popular with locals and is a tourist attraction for windsurfing and kite surfing, and holds various championships and competitions each year. 

La Tejita Beach

La Tejita is one of the largest natural beaches on the island.  The water is stunningly clear and the beach is clean with crystal blue waters.  There is a nudist section towards the cove end of the beach, located just under the mountain, Montana Roja or Red Mountain.   However, if nudity if not your thing don’t worry, the main section of the beach is non-naturist.  This is ideal if you have the kids or your parents with you!

Playa de Las Americas

Playa de Las Americas is a very busy south coast resort.  It has a reputation as a resort that likes to party.  It has the benefit of long stretches of fabulous beaches that attract both tourists and the locals.

The waters along this part of the coast are calm, and the beach has superb facilities.  There are kiosks that sell everything from snacks and drinks to ice cream and sun cream.

There are volleyball courts, watersports, dolphin and whale watching expeditions, boat excursions including catamarans and pirate ships, around various parts of the island.  You can hire just about anything from surfboards to snorkelling and deep-sea diving kits.

If you want to spend a day or time on a beach that has just about every type of facility then Playa de La Americas is the resort for you.

Playa de la Arena (Arena Beach)

Playa de la Arena or Arena Beach as it is known is a small quiet beach on the west coast.  It has volcanic black sands.  The sea levels are deep however lifeguards are always around.  The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status; this means it’s immaculately clean.

There are plenty of watersports too, and when you need refreshments or a break from the midday sun, there are lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Los Gigantes Beach

Los Gigantes is set in a stunning backdrop with imposing cliffs, reaching 800 meters high.  The sea and swimming here are superb.  This resort is on the west of the island.

Playa el Duque or The Duke

Playa el Duque or The Duke beach as it is known as is an upmarket high spec beach resort with flamboyant palm shade umbrellas to protect you from the harsh rays.  The beach has an awe and feel of exclusivity as you are cut off by a rock.  The beach is located at the western tip of the Costa Adeje. 

Playa de las Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas beach is a man-made with palms along the back that have been brought across from the Sahara, along with the golden sand. San Andres the local fishing village adjoins the beach and has a vast number of fish restaurants, that locals also attend, which is a great indication of quality food.

The sand is lush and golden and the water a greenish, coral, clear colour.  The beach is safe for swimming and has pedalos to rent if you become too weary, or tired or bored on your sun lounger.   The beach is a 10-minute drive from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island.  If you aren’t driving or hopping into a local taxi then the 910 bus goes directly to this beach.

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