Tenerife is well known for being a sun, sea and sand paradise for holidaymakers, with the island’s primary attraction being its stunning beaches. If you want to make sure you’re based near the best coastal area to suit your interests, check out our guide to some of the top beaches in Tenerife – and what they’re good for.

Best beaches for kids

Families often travel to Tenerife for some much-needed sun and relaxation. Children love spending time on the sand and splashing in the sea, but as a parent you need to make sure they’re going to be safe while they do so.

There are lots of great beaches on the island, but among the best for families are Playa la Pinta on the Costa Adeje, Alcala in the south-west, and Playa San Juan on the west coast. Playa la Pinta is perfect if you want to be close to a variety of amenities, as it’s backed by a bustling promenade lined by cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. The sea here is typically calm, making it safe for youngsters, while the golden sand will keep everyone happy.

Playa San Juan is a bit more chilled out but still boasts plenty of eateries and kiosks on or near the sand, while it too is a good place for little ones to play. Alcala is better for adventurous families, who will love exploring its rockpools. The main downside, however, is that it’s really small, so it can feel crowded even if there aren’t many people around.

Best beaches for water sports

There are some excellent water sports areas on Tenerife, which makes this a brilliant island to visit if you enjoy being active. El Medano is one of the top places to come to if you’re keen to try kite surfing, with the world championships held along this stretch of coast, just to give you an idea of its credentials. It’s also an excellent spot for surfing, making it popular with visitors and locals alike when the waves are rolling in.

Another good place for water sports is El Puerito, which is located close to the famous resort of Playa de las Americas. This golden bay is backed by a fishing village and among the activities you can try here are scuba diving and snorkelling, allowing you to catch a glimpse of what lives beneath the waves.

Best beaches for escaping the crowds

Despite the thriving tourism industry in Tenerife, there are still various places you can go to get away from it all and escape the crowds of other visitors. Playa Bollullo on Tenerife’s northern coast is a great example. This black sand bay is tucked away from any major development and, in fact, is only accessible on foot. There’s just one restaurant nearby, so you really will feel as though you’re leaving the hustle and bustle behind.

La Caleta is another one of Tenerife’s hidden gems and is, surprisingly, not far from the busy Playa de las Americas. This small fishing village has retained much of its Canarian charm and its peaceful beach, which comprises rocky patches and golden sand, is the perfect place to escape for a quiet day out at the seaside.

If this has got you thinking about where you’d like to go on your summer holiday, check out the deals on accommodation here – you may discover a break to the sunny coast of Tenerife costs less than you thought.

Top beaches around Tenerife
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