The beaches in Tenerife are not the best in the world when compared to the white sands of the Caribbean or the Seychelles, but as most Tenerife blogs will tell you, here in the south we have a beach to suit whatever you wish to do. Whether you want to relax on a sunbed, play all kinds of sports, spend a family day playing and build sandcastles with children, or walk among the dunes to get lost in the wild. Above all they are safe which is an important factor when you consider that most people want to take a dip at some point in their holiday.
Below is a brief overview of 10 of the most popular beaches in the south of the island, although there are plenty more to choose from.
1. PLAYA DE LAS VISTAS
Between Los Cristianos and Las Americas is Playa Las Vistas one of the most modern and popular beaches in southern Tenerife. The sand is fine and golden and the waters are calm due to the protective breakwater making it ideal for swimming, there is a lifeguard on hand and first class amenities for the disabled.
2. PLAYA DE LOS CRISTIANOS
This is probably my favourite beach, as it offers something for everyone, at one end rocky and wild and as you move towards the harbour the rocks slowly transform into blonde sand and the waters become very calm. There are plenty of activities to enjoy both on the beach and on the prom. And should you want to escape, the ferries leave from here to the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.
3. LA PINTA
Next to the marina of Puerto Colon, is the small golden beach that is surrounded by restaurants, bars and souvenir shops it is also well known for having several icebergs that are constantly floating in its calm waters. The sea here is always calm, making it ideal for children.
4. PLAYA DE FAÑABE & PLAYA TORVISCAS
I get confused as to where Playa Torviscas ends and Playa Fañabe starts but as there is a boardwalk that links it doesn´t present any problems. They are both ideal for families and those who love water sports. Whether you want to rent a jet ski, ride a banana or have a massage as you relax on a beach lounger, these two beaches have it all.
5. LA TROYA I and II
Located in the ‘old’ Playa de Las Américas these are the oldest beaches in the area and although close to the clubbing area of Veronicas Strip and Starco through the day they are perfect for families. The beach is soft dark sand, the waters are calm and the promenade is crammed with a variety of shops, bars and restaurants. On the beach, you will find lifeguards, changing rooms, toilets and plenty of sun loungers for hire.
6. PLAYA DEL DUQUE
Many believe this is the best beach in the south, and the truth is this part of Costa Adeje is classy, the sunbeds sumptuous and the facilities are outstanding, for which you will pay more than other beaches. However, if you like the finer things in life then this is hard to beat.
7. LA CALETA
Blink and you could miss the small beach at La Caleta. Although it is very clean, and never crowded, the waves here can be strong and the beach itself is a bit more prone to pebbles than sand, but it is a great place for relaxing.
8. DIEGO HERNANDEZ (PLAYA BLANCA)
Between La Caleta and El Puertito is Playa Blanca, also called Diego Hernández beach. The crystal clear waters and white volcanic sandy cove are part of a nature reserve; the only drawback is this magical place can only be reached on foot. In the past, this was known as the ‘Hippy Beach’ because …. a few hippies lived here.
9. EL PUERTITO
The bay at El Puertito used to be only for ‘those in the know’ but over the years, the tiny black soft sandy beach has become very popular with tourists as well as locals. In its calm waters, you can enjoy swimming with the resident turtles and they will enjoy swimming with you!
10. PLAYA DE AJABO
It has been a long time coming but Callao Salvaje now has its much-awaited beach. There are parasols on the shingle sand and a couple of rocky outcrops to tame the waves. From the luxury of your lounger, you can even place your order with the beach bar, for a cool beer. A nice beach, in my opinion more suited to adults than kids but still worth the wait.