Tenerife is a volcanic island, like her seven sisters, in the middle of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Even the magnetic fields of those islands are atypical…every single corner of this island has a little unique bio system and weather. The beaches are not different: there are almost 500 of them. Clearly all diverse for their size, colour, amenities…from the amazing black lava to the small bays with golden sand. The choice of the beaches, like everything else, it’s very distinctive: some are easily accessible and family-friendly, while others are more fitting for water sports, due to the wind. Or maybe you prefer just to relax in some good pubs and restaurants. Tenerife offers you everything …even beaches for nudists, if you like. Many of those beautiful beaches are reachable by public transport.
Please note: the ocean waves can be incredibly strong even when it looks totally calm. Make sure to enter the water in the presence of a lifeguard “soccorista” and always respect the colors of the flags. There are 13 different tropical micro-climates in Tenerife, one corner different from the other: The Southern part of the island is the sunniest, more dry and arid especially in summer; the North, protected from the height of the Teide mountain, is kept more fresh from the Atlantic Ocean breeze, with more rainfalls and spectacular green valleys. Travel around the Island at different times of the year can surprise you, offering you various weather and temperature.
Playa de las Teresitas (North, close to Santa Cruz, pictured above). The golden sand from the Sahara is imported, (or accumulated after the Calima winds from Africa?) unique and spectacular. 1,5 km long with a breakwater wall making it safe for the little ones. Surrounded by palms, bars, restaurants, and easy parking.
Playa del Duque (South) elegant and classy, in Costa Adeje where a long seafront promenade connects eight different beaches. The most exclusive is Playa del Duque with luxury hotels, restaurants and shops. Honoured with a Blue flag and crystal water, perfect to relax, safe for the little ones, and easy parking.
Playa Abama (South, Beach Inspector Award Special for its Ambience) quiet and peaceful. Located in one of the most beautiful resorts and golf areas of the island, and in the middle of a banana plantation. Easy parking, with a little walk down to the reef, you will reach a superb bay, protected by a waterfront, and a heart shaped natural pool.
Playa de Leocadio Machado and Playa del Medano (South, Beach Inspector Award for water sports and windsurfing) lies under the Red mountain. A paradise for professional windsurfers, kite-surfers and those who are eager to learn. There are surfing courses and equipment to hire directly at the beach.
Playa del Medano nearby is more family friendly, safe for swimming, provided with all the amenities for a perfect family day at the beach.
Playa de la Tejita (South, Nudist friendly, between the fishing village of Los Abrigos and El Medano) with no buildings nearby, a peaceful beach area for long relaxing walks, and faraway from crowds. The magnificent views of the Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) make this beach unique. Easy parking, with camping and caravan facilities.
Playa de la Arena (South) in the middle of Puerto de Santiago a beautiful black sand beach. Restaurants, shops, super easy access and parking. Strong waves make it more suitable for adults. Please note another Playa de la Arena (North) is located near Buonavista: stones, rocks and powerful waves, only to be seen at low tide in the summer making it quite special.
Playa de la Troya (South) in Las America…perfect since car area, everything you wish for is in walking-distance, from a safe swim in clean water to a relaxing massage, nearby hotels, SPA, shops, supermarkets, bars, discos, karaoke, pubs and much more.
Playa de los Christianos (South) 400 mt of white sand and clean water, offers plenty of activities even entertainment programmes for kids in the summer. The promenade nearby consists of any kind of shop and restaurant.
Playa de las Vistas e Playa del Camisón are in walking distance from Playa de los Christianos, amenities, water sports activities, volleyball, kids playground, restaurants…everything nearby for a relaxing time.
Playa Jardin (North) an incredible green gem with a dark sandy beach- typical of Tenerife. It was designed by the famous Canarian artist César Manrique. Playa Jardin is beautifully kept and has an amazing view of the volcan Teide.
Playa Puerto de Colon (South) in Adeje Coast, perfect to relax, family friendly, playground, trampoline, with every beach/sea amenities to offer, not easy to park (easier in Fanabe’, which is closeby). The harbour Puerto de Colon offer every boat adventure to make your holiday more special.
Playa de San Juan (South/West) family friendly, Blue Flag water, easy access, easy parking, restaurants, tapas, lived by the locals near a nice fishing village, peaceful beach with calm water. Furnished with everything, even a desk of the tourist office.
Playa de Los Gigantes or de los Guios (South/West) at the base of the 500 mt high majestic cliff of Los Gigantes, has a unique atmosphere, a masterpiece of mother nature not to be missed. This little paradise have everything to offer from kayaks, stand paddle, boards to reach the cliff. Tapas, restaurants, bars nearby. A dolphin paradise in protected waters. The harbour nearby has the best boats with qualified crews to introduce you to their world, free, safe and joyfully wild.
Playa de las Gaviotas (South) near La Caleta a beautiful little quiet corner, nudist friendly faraway from crowds and people. Not easyily accessible, making this place almost a private coast in the ocean.
Playa Fanábe (South) with lovely fine sand, and Playa Torviscas (South) are also in Costa Adeje, the long beach promenade offer beautiful walks, access to different beaches all provided with breakwaters for a relaxing swim, provided with every amenity, and surrounded by restaurants, bars, shops and even a little golf course.
Playa de la Benijo (North) dark-sanded beach, located in the Parque de Anaga Rural, north-east of the island. Viewing the Roques de Anaga formations at sunsets it’s just magical. Loved by those in close touch with nature, its often considered a nudist beach.