Because of the multitude of different types of beaches available on the island, you’ll find that they cater for all tastes and range from golden brown to velvety, black, volcanic sand.
The beaches themselves have differing range of services too from the very well supported beaches in the south to the more rugged and quiet coves that can be found dotted round the coastline. However you prefer to top up your tan, here is our pick of the top beaches on Tenerife.
Playa de las Teresitas
This beach was built to provide Santa Cruz residents with a nearby beach facility and is probably one of the nicest on the island. It is one of the calmest, owing to the breakwater which stops waves and currents rendering it one of the safest places to swim. The golden coloured sand was actually shipped in from the Sahara desert and palm trees are carefully placed around the beach. The facilities are excellent which includes changing rooms, toilets and convenient bars and restaurants. Because it is located on the east coast of the island, it can get a bit windy.
Playa de las Gaviotas
Close to Teresitas is the beach at Gaviotas. The beach here is much less frequented and therefore is preferred by those looking for a quieter, more intimate place. Because of these characteristics, it tends to be popular with nudists.
Located in the north of the island in Puerto de la Cruz, Playa Jardin is a popular sandy beach which can get busy on good days. The sea can be unsuitable for those who are not experienced swimmers and there are facilities available on site. There are numerous gardens on the edges of the beach and a there is also a cascade which keeps children occupied.
Playa del Duque
Situated in Costa Adeje which is on the fringes of Playa de las Americas in the south of the island, Playa del Duque has to be one of the top beaches on the island with its golden sand and calm waters. The beach is in an upmarket area of the island and provides guests the ability to hire sun loungers and parasols and has a high standard of bars and restaurants including changing rooms and toilets.
This beach is sandwiched between Los Cristianos and Las Americas and is one of the best in the south. The water here is also quite calm and perfect for families. There is a fountain which shoots water into the air, keeping sunbathers cool and the children amused. The beach is also has good access for disabled people and also boasts amphibian chairs. The beach also has one of the longest stretches so for budding joggers or walkers; this can be an inviting proposition.
When on the island, why not try one of these beaches but always remember that there are little pockets and coves dotted around the coastline that are waiting to be discovered.