The Beaches of Puerto de la Cruz

Mon, September 17th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Every so often I see comments on a travel advisory site stating that Puerto de la Cruz doesn’t have a beach; sometimes made by people who’ve visited the main northern resort on Tenerife on a number of occasions.

This completely baffles me. Although, technically I suppose it’s true. Puerto de la Cruz doesn’t have a beach… it has four.

You might not find the manicured, golden sand beaches of resorts such as Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas or Los Cristianos but you will find plenty of places with bags of local character in which to lay out the towel.

For anyone who has experienced difficulties trying to track down Puerto’s coy sunbathing spots, here’s a brief guide.


Playa Jardín, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Playa Jardín
The main beach is Playa Jardín, the ‘garden beach’, which features a kilometre of black sand stretching from the Castillo San Felipe to Punta Brava.
Designed by esteemed Lanzarote architect César Manrique, it’s called Playa Jardín because it’s backed by landscaped gardens.
Most tourists stick to the section closest to Puerto, whereas locals tend to prefer the sandier coastline at Punta Brava. In-between is a surfers’ spot.
The Atlantic rollers at Playa Jardín are often not for the faint-hearted but confident swimmers, especially young ones, love them.
There are sunbeds, restaurants, natural shade, toilets, showers and a picturesque promenade that runs behind the beach under the gaze of Mount Teide.


Harbour beach, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

El Muelle – The Harbour
In the centre of town, the harbour beach seems impossible to miss. The fact that it’s a pebble beach may explain why some visitors dismiss it as a beach. But beach it is and during summer months finding space on it can prove a difficult task as it’s often jam-packed with local sunseekers. At these times the harbour walls act as an extension of the beach and a line of young locals in bright swimwear add a splash of colour to the grey stone.
Being a harbour, the waters are calm and the walls provide an excellent diving platform. With an old custom house, fort and bright blue, bobbing fishing boats it’s a picturesque setting for a beach and one to try if you really want to go native.


San Telmo, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

San Telmo
Again probably dismissed because it’s pebbly. San Telmo, below the little church of the same name, is another small beach favoured by locals. The beach itself is tiny but the water is sheltered by a small harbour wall making it a popular spot with some of the town’s older residents. The beach also boasts a decent sized concrete sundeck next to it that’s favoured by younger, golden skinned Portuenses.
In summer months, the low tide reveals natural rock pools which are great fun for scrabbling about in. The beach also has a café, but its opening hours are a complete mystery. Like the rock pools, sometimes it’s there, sometimes it’s not.


PLaya Martiánez, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Playa Martiánez
Playa Martiánez below the cliffs of La Paz is a good sized black sand beach with camera seducing views along the north coast. Long rollers make it popular with surfers who add a laid back vibe to the scene. It rarely gets busy, possibly because of an absence of sunbeds. If you like your beaches casual and unfussy, this should be right up your sandy street.

Posted : Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 7:47 am
Category : beaches
Subscribe : RSS 2.0

4 Responses to “The Beaches of Puerto de la Cruz”

  1. M. Lunde says:

    You forgot the best: Playa bollullo! Technically it belongs to La Orotava afaik, but just 2000 m east of La Paz.

  2. Jack says:

    It is the best 🙂 Playa Bollullo is my favourite beach on the island. Only reason it’s not included is, as you say, it’s in La Orotava.

  3. […] recently posted a blog about Puerto’s beaches and most good resorts have beaches anyway. What most resorts don’t have is lagoon-sized […]

  4. David says:

    Those beaches were awesome!Nice pictures.Playa Martiánez is my favorite.Thanks for sharing those beautiful beaches.

Leave a Reply to M. Lunde