Beaches - Tenerife
|Beaches and Surfing spots
The clean, sandy beaches in Tenerife - Canary Islands - Spain.
Where to find the white sand, secluded or just sunny beaches. When you get to Tenerife, get out your local map
out (they are free virtually everywhere) and try some of these great places.
About the sun bathing beaches of Tenerife
The volcanic nature and evolution of Tenerife have created just a few 'natural' beaches, all of a fine black shingle or sand.
The dramatic increase of tourism and demand for public beaches has been met by huge investments. High quality, man made beaches
are now plentiful. These are mainly around the major tourist resorts. Most have good access, meet stringent European standards of
cleanliness and most offer shower facilities, sun beds, shades and water-sports. Listed below, are some of these beaches,
each with a brief description.
Sun beaches for sun tanning on sand
- Los Gigantes, coved, black sand beach, west Tenerife, small town with harbour
- San Juan, coved, black sand, sloping, west Tenerife, small town with good snorkelling.
- Fanabe new, developing area, yellow sand beach, showers, sun beds &shades, water-sports, south Tenerife.
- Torviscas yellow grey sand beach, showers, shallow waters, sun beds &shades, near marina, restaurants, bars, south Tenerife.
- Playa las Americas, La Troya, grey sand beach, sun beds &shades, showers, water-sports, centre of town, several different
surf breaker coves, shallow waters, rollers on occasions, restaurants, shops, south Tenerife
- Los Cristianos, Las Vistas, white yellow sand beach, sun beds &shades, shallow water, restaurants, bars, some water-sports
- Los Cristianos, harbour, white grey sandy beach, shallow water, sea wall protected, sun beds &shades, restaurants, bars, boats,
water-sports, south Tenerife.
- Candaleria has got small black shingle beach, sloping to deeper water, often roller waves, centre of village, restaurants, east Tenerife.
- Santa Cruz,Terasitas beach, large golden imported sand beach, shallow waters, well protected, kiosks, natural shade from some trees,
few restaurants nearby, north Tenerife.
- Puerto de la Cruz, black fine shingle beach, sloping to deeper water, roller waves, restaurants, bars, next to salt-water lido,
Surfing beaches &Coves
- K16, large open water rocky cove, Rollers to reef, between Alkali and Playa San Juan, keep an eye
out for where to turn off main road, look for large house standing on its own on a beach, west Tenerife
- Playa Las Americas, La Troya, large rollers sometimes come in between breaker walls,
creating good ride on to sandy beach, centre of town, better for younger riders, south Tenerife.
- Conquistador, rocky reef outlet at back of Conquistador Hotel in Playa Las Americas,
out water breakers running into rock formations, popular with locals, south Tenerife.
- Fatenia - Shingle beach and reef, situated behind Parque Santiago IIII in Playa las
Americas, out water rollers riding into flat reef and shingle beach, popular with locals,
when windy too many wind surfers, disembark wave before hitting shallows, south Tenerife
- Las Galletas, small town with rocky outlets, good waves for younger surfers or people learning to surf.
- Puerto Del la Cruz, black shingle beach sloping to deeper water, out rollers riding into beginning of
breakwaters, sometimes wild, sometimes strong undercurrents on beach area. North Tenerife.
- El Medano, famous, flat, open, with good winds and very flat beach. Although windy, it is not
too choppy, making it an excellent all year windsurfing competition site. El Medano has already hosted the world
championships. Facilities include, Wind surfing club, hire and instruction. East Tenerife.
- Fatenia, a small peninsula behind Parque Santiago IIII in Playa Las Americas.
Often very good rollers - but watch out for local body board surfers and long board surfers. South Tenerife.
Snorkelling / Scuba coves
- Puerto de Santiago, The cove does not appear to have any particular name, (we call it the cauldron). Located opposite
the commercial centre, you will see some steps heading down to the back of Hotel Santiago. This rocky cove is protected by out
water rocks and has 3 different, and usually calm pools starting from very shallow to deeper water. All pools contain
various marine life. Closest toilets are at the restaurants in the commercial centre. No beach but large smooth rocks are great
for sun bathing. A real sun trap, so take sun protections.
- Playa San Juan Located in the west of the island, the edges of this black sand beach are surrounded by rocks.
- La Caletta, small Spanish village, great snorkelling cove with flat rocks into deeper water. Clear viewing, small flat reef,
and located in the South of island.
- Buena Vista, large rock pool formation, with several pools with clear waters, north western tip of island.