A Small Guide to the Best Tenerife Beaches...
...So you Can Enjoy Every Minute of your Holidays

Tenerife Beaches are for sure the main attraction of this beautiful place in Canary Islands. Although the island is also sought for its beautiful landscapes, the volcanoes (notably El Teide), exquisite cuisine and outdoor activities, like golfing, for sure the best spots for tourists are located on the coastal places.

You can find a wide variety of Tenerife beaches in the urban area, close to the main cities like La Orotava, semi-isolated and totally isolated along the extensive coastline accessible - some of which are also appropriate for nudism. The color of the sand can be black, gray, golden and even a bit white, in shapes and sizes of all kinds, such as pebbles or stones. As well as in the open beaches, you will find the variety of sand in natural or artificial pools and hidden coves.

For the volcanic nature of the island is not hard to imagine that the natural beaches have sand with black color. But because of the weather, especially in the south, where the island receives a lot of tourists, some Tenerife beaches were “recreated” to satisfy the taste of all kinds of visitors looking for leisure and vacation near the ocean. That is reflected in the artificial beaches with golden sand brought from Africa.

In the south of Tenerife you will find the most famous hotels and resorts, in cities and areas such as Arona (Los Cristianos, Las Vistas or Las Galletas) and Adeje (Costa Adeje Tenerife). The weather conditions in this part of the island are very favorable (sunny almost the whole year!!); therefore everything (services, installations, etc) is more focused for the tourist.

On the other hand, the north of the island translates better the real essence of Tenerife culture in the typical Canarian villages. But that does not mean that there are few beaches… There are several beaches, like Playa Martianez, Playa de las Teresitas, Playa de Los Patos, Playa del Bollullo, and many more, where you could spend among friends or family great moments. The area that is more focused on the beach tourism is Puerto de la Cruz, and Playa Jardín is one of its best. We give more details and select some of the best southern and northern beaches on a specific page.

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Beaches Rated with the Blue Flag, an Assurance of Clean Waters

Thanks to the tourist approach of the island, the beaches in Tenerife are pretty much taken care of, clean and with all kinds of services available to the visitor at any time of year. Thus there are seven beaches in Tenerife with the Blue Flag rating. This is provided due to the easy access to the beach, water quality, environmental information provided to users and respect to the ongoing legislation.

The Blue Flag rating is granted by an international jury of some representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also from the World Tourism Organization, the International Association of Lifesaving and various organizations dedicated to conservation and nature protection.

In 2011 the following beaches were awarded the blue flag: El Médano and La Tejita, in Granadilla; Las Vistas and El Camisón, in Arona; Troya I-II, in Adeje; La Arena, in Santiago del Teide; and La Arena (Mesa del Mar), in Tacoronte.

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Some Safety Tips to Enjoy the Beaches

Essential in some of Tenerife beaches: be careful with the waters of the ocean, which tend to be quite strong and therefore with heavy swell. The months from November through April are the ones you need to exercise extra care.

On the other hand, during the rest of the year you should also be careful as some of the Tenerife beaches won’t have monitoring systems or lifesavers around. Consider also the color of the flag waving on the beach (perhaps not displayed on those beaches with difficult access) prohibiting the users to bathe when the flag is red and to bathe with extreme caution when it is yellow. If the green flag is waving, that means that bathing there is safe, but you should never lose sight of the shore.

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Always Care to Enjoy the Beauties of Tenerife

In this introductory section we also have to remind you that each and every visitor is entitled to enjoy Tenerife beaches in full; but even with all the efforts from the local keepers to ensure the cleanliness and quality of services in the beaches of Tenerife, we, as users, also have our obligations towards the place and its maintenance.

Therefore we insist that, after spending a joyful day or even just a small bit of Tenerife beaches, you collect your waste and place them in one of the bins available, so to contribute to the next visitor who wants also to enjoy an idyllic day in this paradisiacal island. After all, it is easier to transfer to a bin the wastes of a sandwich, cigarette butts and empty bottles or cans, than the effort we took to carry them to the beach.

Tenerife Travel Secrets list some of the most important Tenerife beaches, natural pools and nude beaches, both in the north of the island and in the south.

So... disfruta de Tenerife!!!

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