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It doesn’t matter whether you are searching for kite surfing or calm waters, golden sand or black sand, Tenerife has a diverse range of beaches. This is in part due to the volcanic island’s indigenous geology and imported Saharan sand, meaning its 40 miles of beaches are as varied as anywhere else in the world.

In the southwest of the island, you’ll find the largest resorts, and this is where you will find most of the beaches with white sand, turquoise waters, and beach bars, whilst the northern half of the island is famed for its dramatic coastline, and cliff-sheltered coves.

To help you discover which beach best suits you, we have created this guide to the best beaches to visit in Tenerife.

A beach in Tenerife

The best beaches in Tenerife

• Playa del Duque
• Playa de las Teresitas
• Playa del Camison
• Playa de la Tejita
• Playa Jardin
• Playa de las Vistas

Playa del Duque

Playa del Duque in Costa Adeje, Tenerife

This iconic beach in Costa Adeje is rated on Tripadvisor as one of the best beaches in Tenerife. Playa del Duque benefits from beautiful surroundings, including rugged, low-lying cliffs, sparkling turquoise waters and palm trees.

The sand is clean and groomed, and the waters are calm, and there are beach bars, designer shopping malls, and top-class restaurants all within easy walking distance. After swimming in the calm waters, you can try your hand at volleyball or rent a sun lounger for the day.

If that’s not enough, some of the best family hotels in Tenerife are located near the beach, making it a perfect family holiday destination.

Helen Wright, who is the editor of the travel blog Passport Stamps, highly recommends Playa del Duque: “For me, Playa del Duque is the best Costa Adeje Beach. It’s in a little cove, meaning the water is gentle and has gorgeous soft sand, a great view across the coast and lots of fabulous beach cafes and bars along the pedestrianised promenade. There are a lot of luxury hotels near Plata del Duque, which usually means the area is a good place to stay.”

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Playa de las Teresitas

Palm trees and golden sand at the beautiful Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife, Canary Islands

One of the most well-known beaches (and for good reason) in Tenerife is Playa de las Teresitas. It is just over 20 minutes from the capital, Santa Cruz, but it provides a slice of tropical paradise.

The beach is picturesque as it is lined with palm trees and is surrounded by the impressive Anaga Mountains. The white sands were transported from the Western Sahara back in the 1970s, and ever since, people have enjoyed it during their holidays in Tenerife.

The beach has an artificial breakwater, which means it is a perfect spot for children and families to go swimming and snorkelling. There are a variety of chiringuito beach bars and seafood restaurants that you can head to during your visit.

Playa del Camison

Playa de las Americas might be known for its great nightlife, but if you want a bit of respite from that, then you should head to Playa del Camison.

Here, you will find a small sandy bay and its breakwaters, which stretch so far around the bay it’s almost entirely enclosed and are perfect for swimming in.

There are pedalos that can be rented, but that is as far as the water sports go on this beach. Another great feature about this sun-soaked beach is the fact it is wheelchair-accessible, and if you have rented a vehicle, the parking is right next to the beach.

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Playa de la Tejita

Playa de la Tejita in Tenerife

Located at the base of Montaña Roja and beside a nature reserve, Playa de la Tejita is wild and unspoilt. Due to the area being windy, it is one of the island’s most popular beaches for water sports.

This beach attracts fewer visitors, and if you come during the day, you can try your hand at windsurfing, surfing, and snorkelling. If you visit this beach, you must be there for either sunrise or sunset, as you will get to see the mountain at its very best.

Paulina, who runs the travel blog Paulina On The Road, says this beach is one of her favourites: “One of the best beaches in south Tenerife is La Tejita. It is quiet, secluded and covered in red volcanic rock, which makes it very unique. In Tenerife, sandy beaches are everywhere, but the red volcanic rock is very special.

“La Tejita is right next to the Montaña Roja Nature Reserve, so the view alone makes it one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife. The mountain also provides the beach with some privacy.”

Playa Jardin

Playa Jardin is the stretch of coast at Puerto de la Cruz, which was mainly rocky until the 1990s when Cesar Manrique (one of the Canary Islands’ most famous architects) extracted the black volcanic sand to create a botanic garden of palm trees, vivid flowers and terraced waterfalls.

The botanic gardens are not the only attractions; the beach is home to some spectacular views, and you can enjoy the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the banana plantations of the Orotava Valley on the other. You can even see the iconic Mount Teide in the distance.

If the weather is right, this beach is a mecca for surfers, but if the wind doesn’t arrive, then the beach is perfect for swimming.

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Playa de las Vistas

Playa de las Vistas in Tenerife

Regarded as one of the most family-friendly beaches in Tenerife, the Playa de las Vistas beach has lifeguards on duty and calm waters which are just waiting to be paddled in.

Situated on the edge of Los Cristianos, there are plenty of restaurants and bars that are within reach should you want to do some exploring, but you could easily spend the day on the beach.

What’s more, is the beach has earned the iconic Blue Flag status for consecutive years and there are plenty of water sport activities that you can try, such as a banana boat, jet skis and parasailing.

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