Bored Sunbathing? Try Something Different on Tenerife’s Beaches

Wed, November 14th, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

I like to get prone on the beach and to soak up a few rays. However, after about an hour I get fidgety. If I’ve got a good book then I’m sorted, but if not the boredom soon creeps in.

Luckily, for people like me, there’s more happening on the beaches on Tenerife beaches than just rows of comatose people turning different shades of red and brown.

If you like to spend time at the beach but sunbathing doesn’t ring your bell you could always try…

People Watching
Forget remote coves, busy resort beaches like those in Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas are best for people watching. Beach hawkers are good sources of beach theatre, especially the dancing sarong sellers at Playa del Duque who are fascinating to watch when the local police are about. The sarongs come off in a flash to be used to cover up their stock, then they throw themselves on top of the sarong and hey presto, they look like every other common or garden sunbather.


Snorkling in Tenerife

Messing about in the water with a mask and snorkel is usually a recipe for getting a mouthful of salt water but it’s also an inexpensive way to have a look at some of the colourful undersea life. Rock pools and sheltered beaches are the best places for a bit of snorkelling with Garachico and Playa de las Teresitas near Santa Cruz being particularly good spots.

Some of the beaches used by locals on Tenerife can seem like sandy gymnasiums with hordes of people doing aerobics and sit ups on the beach or using it like a jogging track. The most popular exercise is power walking which involves striding purposefully from one end of the beach along the water’s edge to the other. Playa Teresitas is the place for this as are the La Orotava trio of Bollullo, Ancon and the nudist beach of Los Patos where power walking is often done au natural.


Volleyball in Los Cristianos, Tenerife

Beach Volleyball
Ball games are generally a no-no on Tenerife beaches unless they’re officially organised. Playa las Vistas in Los Cristianos has special beach volleyball courts where the level of games can be of a professional standard. Even if you don’t participate, the games are interesting to watch.

Surfing, Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing
Anyone who fancies some serious surf action has a choice of places to ride the waves. El Médano is the place to head to for wind surfing and kite surfing whilst Bajamar, Puerto de la Cruz, Playa de las Américas and Playa Socorro in Los Realejos are popular surfing spots.


Surfing at PLaya Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Have a Massage
The local authorities aren’t keen, but plenty of tourists enjoy being pampered by having a beach massage whilst they sunbathe. The southern resort beaches are the best bet for a bit of muscle kneading.

Play in the Waves
It doesn’t cost any money and it’s guaranteed to give the children endless hours of fun. Who needs theme parks when you’ve got Atlantic rollers to battle? The tsunami-sized waves at Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz have been a massive hit with every teenager who has ever visited us.

Posted : Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 10:40 am
Category : beaches
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One Response to “Bored Sunbathing? Try Something Different on Tenerife’s Beaches”

  1. David says:

    There are many ways to enjoy a beach holiday.Volleyball,surfing and snorkelling were amazing sports.Aside from those,you can also enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.

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