The Top 10 Beaches in Tenerife

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Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is known for its beautiful beaches with golden sand and sparkling blue waters. With a sunny climate all year round, Tenerife offers beach lovers plenty of options. Here are our top ten picks for the best beaches in Tenerife:

1. Playa de las Americas
The most popular beach in Tenerife, Playa de las Americas lives up to its lively reputation. Located on the south coast, this long stretch of golden sand beach has fun water sports, vibrant beach bars, and seaside restaurants right on the bustling promenade. It gets very busy in peak seasons, but the fun atmosphere here is infectious. This is the place to be for sunbathing by day and beachfront partying at night.

2. Playa de los Gigantes 
On the west coast, Playa de los Gigantes is named after the towering volcanic cliff giants that provide a dramatic backdrop to this beach. Getting down to the beach means using the lift or navigating around 300 steps down the cliffs. The effort is worth it for the secluded coves, crystal clear waters and great snorkelling opportunities in the rocky reefs. Keep an eye out for whales too. If you spot some, Adobe Express has some great TikTok templates for sharing your holiday memories in a fun way.

3. Playa Jardín
On the west coast near Puerto de Santiago, Playa Jardín has some of the blackest sands in Tenerife due to the island’s volcanic origins. Despite its dark appearance, the beach slopes gently into calm waters, perfect for paddling with kids. There are excellent facilities at this beach, including showers, changing rooms and a few beachside restaurants serving Canarian cuisine.

4. Playa del Duque
In Costa Adeje, Playa del Duque is a classy beach lined with upmarket hotels. The soft golden sands are spotless, there are plenty of beach loungers and parasols to relax under, and the promenade has chic cafes and high-end restaurants. This is a great beach option for relaxing in luxury on your holiday, away from the busier crowds.

5. Playa la Arena
Also in Costa Adeje, Playa la Arena is a family-friendly beach with lava sands sheltered by breakwaters, which create calm bathing conditions that are safe for children. Various fun water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding are available to rent if the kids get restless. There are a few nice beachside bars providing refreshments as well to keep the whole family content.

6. Playa de Fañabe 
Just along from Playa de las Americas, Playa de Fañabe is another popular south coast beach with golden sands and Atlantic waves. Plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants line the long promenade that stretches from here to Playa del Duque. In peak season, this is one of the liveliest beaches in Tenerife, with a buzzing party atmosphere.

7. Playa del Camison
On the northwest tip of Tenerife, Playa del Camison feels remote yet has excellent facilities like showers, toilets and a few restaurants. A long stretch of black volcanic sand leads to a natural pool protected by rocks. Outside the pool, the waves are great for bodyboarding. The surrounding mountainous scenery of the Teno Massif is simply stunning, too, and really adds to the remote vibe.

8. Playa de las Teresitas 
Near Santa Cruz in the northeast, Playa de Las Teresitas was created in the 70s using sand imported from Western Sahara. This results in a glamorous golden beach contrasting beautifully with the black volcanic landscape behind it. Along with the promenade's palm trees and flowers, it looks like a tropical beach in the Caribbean.

9. Playa de Benijo 
On the northwest coast, backed by the green slopes of the Anaga Rural Park, Playa de Benijo is a wild rocky beach that shows the rugged natural beauty of Tenerife in an untouched way. The black pebble beach leads to a picturesque cove backed by banana plantations. The dramatic Anaga mountains rise behind it, making a scenic backdrop.

10. Playa del Socorro
Also on the northwest coast, Playa del Socorro is another secluded beach surrounded by spectacular scenery. A patch of black sand gives way to rock pools and calm waters perfect for snorkelling. A few small beachfront restaurants with ocean views serve local Canarian cuisine with fresh fish. The beach has a peaceful charm despite some strong waves.

So, there you have it - the top 10 best beaches in Tenerife! With stunning scenery, golden sands, seaside charm and natural beauty all wrapped up in sunny year-round weather, Tenerife has a beach to suit every taste whether you want to party in lively resorts, relax in luxury hotels or experience the wild and rustic charm of quiet coves.