Top 5 Beaches of Tenerife
Tenerife is a bucket list destination for those in search of sun, as it has 365 days of almost-guaranteed glorious weather and endless stretches of beautiful shoreline. Visitors can relax at one of its unique black sand beaches or enjoy one of the many watersports at a lively resort town. For some inspiration on your next Tenerife adventure, we’ve chosen five of the best.
This translates to ‘Garden Beach’ which as the name suggests has beautifully manicured flora lining the shore. This was designed by Lanzarote born artist, César Manrique complete with tropical flowers and a waterfall. It’s a beautiful spot for a picture, made even more dramatic by the volcanic black sands of the beach. There are showers, sun loungers and parasols making it popular with both tourists and locals. It’s also a surfer’s hangout, especially when the waves get big.
Playa de las Teresitas
Stretching over 1.5 kilometres, this man-made beach is the perfect spot for a family day out. It was created in the early 70s, using sand imported from the Sahara. With its crystal clear waters and swaying palm trees, it’s a Caribbean inspired paradise. The bay is protected by a reef which keeps the waters calm throughout the year – great for small children. There is also parking available and great cafés where you can indulge in a cocktail at sunset.
Playa de las Americas
There’s a good reason this resort town has become the most popular hot spot on the island. The beach offers an array of watersports from jet skiing and water surfing to scuba diving. There’s even an inflatable children’s play area a few meters off shore. After you’ve spent a day relaxing, you can enjoy the lively nightlife or unwind at one of the local bars.
This hidden gem is a welcome retreat from the crowds of tourists and bustling resort towns. Located in the north, it requires a bus journey from Puerto de la Cruz and a long walk through narrow pathways lined by banana plantations. Arriving at this paradise, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Glistening turquoise waters of the Atlantic meet a black sand beach, lined with volcanic rock formations. There may be no facilities but this adds to the feeling of seclusion.
Playa de las Vistas
This remains popular with locals and tourists alike, considered to be the best beach on the south of the island. It’s also one of the longest, stretching from Playa de Las Americas which it means it never gets too crowded. The facilities are impressive with changing rooms, lockers and even amphibian chairs for disabled visitors to enjoy a dip in the sea. If the sunbathing gets too boring, you can challenge the locals to a game of beach volleyball or football.
There’s so many more beaches on this stunning island waiting to be explored. Be sure to pack plenty of sun cream, you’re going to be needing it.
Images by Anna & Michal and Bill Thompson used under the Creative Commons license.