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The Beautiful Tenerife Beaches

March 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Attractions

If you were to play a word association game and you drew the word “holiday,” most people would probably think “beaches.” There are many destinations around the world that claim to have the best sun and sand you’ll ever find, but the truth is that it is all relative to your tastes. Every beach essentially has its own unique character. Sand, color and texture, sun exposure, and rules differ from beach to beach. Tenerife is rare in that it offers its visitors a variety of options where you can throw down a towel and bake under the sun. The coastline changes from rugged to pristine as you work your way around the island, and as a tourist, you’ll find it hard to pull yourself away from the beautiful Tenerife beaches at the end of your holiday.

Most would agree that when it comes to pristine golden sand, Playa de las Teresitas takes the crown. This beach – on the east coast and about 10 miles outside of Santa Cruz – is enclosed by a man-made reef that keeps the nearby waters sheltered and calm for family swimming. Palm trees hug the sand, and there are public toilets and restaurants nearby. You’ll feel as though you are in the tropics when you spend an afternoon at Playa de las Teresitas.

Tenerife beachIn contrast to this white sandy beach is Playa Jardin, which runs from the San Felipe Castle to Punta Brava. The sand here is black. The sand naturally occurs when molten lava rock degrades over time into fine, sandy granules. It is a spectacular sight, and the black sand is easier on beach-dwellers because it is denser and isn’t easily stirred up by the wind. Playa Jardin differs from other Tenerife beaches because it offers the best views of the Teide volcano.

When considering which of the Tenerife beaches is best for you, it’s important to think about the regulations that govern them. The island has a number of nudist beaches – Playa Pozo, Playa de los Platos, and Playa las Gaviotas – and you may or may not want to stumble upon one of them accidentally. They are all off the beaten path, and for good reason. Nudity is disallowed from other major public beaches, but anything goes at these three. Whether you choose to go clothed or unclothed, Tenerife beaches have a lot to offer for your holiday.

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