Five Family Friendly Beaches on Tenerife

Fri, July 22nd, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

Many travel websites describe in wonderfully colourful adjectives Tenerife’s wealth of beaches that are just perfect for chilling out and forgetting the world of work and dreary weather back home for a couple of weeks.

What they won’t tell you is that some are lapped not so much by gentle waves as by whopping great Atlantic rollers. These are fantastic fun and a wallet friendly way to keep the children amused if they’re natural water babies. But if not, or if you do actually have actual babies in tow, there’s not going to be a lot of sea based fun during your holiday if you don’t pick the right location.

Here is our pick of five family friendly beaches on Tenerife where you and the children can enjoy sun, sand and sea without without threat of  being knocked off your feet by a mini tsunami.


Playa las Vistas
Many visitors believe Playa las Vistas to be Tenerife’s best beach. The end of the beach that lies furthest away from Los Cristianos (so that it is actually in Las Américas) is probably best for familes as the water is calm, clear and beautiful and there are plenty of water sports to keep all the family amused.

Playa de las Teresitas
The most beautiful beach on Tenerife in our opinion; Curving around the foot of the Anaga Mountains, it’s long, wide and golden. Specially built for the residents of Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz it isn’t a tourist beach as such but a play ground for the city dwellers. It’s almost completely enclosed making it lagoon-like calm and ideal for children of all ages. The water teems with tropical fish; ideal for a bit of snorkelling. There isn’t a great choice of water sports, just some pedalos but it is the vision of a sub-tropical paradise.



Playa la Pinta
Playa la Pinta at Puerto Colón in Torviscas, Costa Adeje is small and its waters are protected by the marina so that it’s mirror calm a lot of the time. The beach is backed by oodles of bars and restaurants. But the sparkly jewel in its golden crown is that it’s home to a floating inflatable iceberg which is a children magnet and good, safe, silly fun.

Playa de Los Cristianos
A golden sand beach whose waters are protected by Los Cristianos harbour. The town behind the beach is lined with bars, cafés and restaurants for when the sun gets too hot. The harbour not only protects the beach, the comings and goings of fishing boats and ferries help stave off beach boredom. There’s a sailing school on the beach for those in the family with Cap’n Jack Sparrow aspirations.



Lago Martiánez
Finally this isn’t actually a beach but a huge swimming pool complex that spans the seafront in the newer part of Puerto de la Cruz. However, this is no ordinary swimming pool complex, its main lagoon is bigger than some real lagoons and there are several smaller pools, some designed specifically for children. There are fountains, plunge pools, cafés and plenty of sun loungers beneath swaying palms. The entrance price is only €3.50 (includes sunbed) which is cheaper than the price of sunbeds alone in some parts of Tenerife.

Posted : Friday, July 22nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Category : beaches
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