Cruising to Tenerife and wondering where you can find the best beaches in Santa Cruz? Whether you have a love for water sports,  families to entertain or simply wish to relax on a lounger with a good book and top up your tan, we’ve done all the research for you!

Here’s our expert guide to some of the best beaches in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Playa La Pinta, Southern Tenerife

In the heart of Costa Adeje, the beach of Playa la Pinta if designed specifically would defiantly be for families.

The walk into the sea is an easy stroll across soft sands and the beach itself is almost completely enclosed, so its waters stay beautifully calm. You’ll have no worries about needing sea shoes or carrying children over rocky terrain here.

Playa La Pinta, Tenerife Best Beaches

Beach boredom is highly unlikely here, you can enjoy inflatable obstacle water sports along with speed boats and jet skis! While adjacent is Puerto Colon Maria, the deportation point for dolphin and whale watching trips which are fun for everyone and perfect for a change of scenery.

Dolphin watching excursion

There are many cafes, restaurants and bars along its promenade, so grabbing a spot of lunch or refreshing drink is no trouble here. Loungers can be rented for around €5 and there are also toilet facilities nearby.

For a perfectly chilled out day, Playa La Pinta certainly makes the list for one of Tenerifes best beaches!

Playa de las Teresitas, Northern Tenerife

If you love to experience destinations like one of the locals, you’ll want to head over to Playa de las Teresitas which is conveniently just outside of your cruise port Santa Cruz.

What is regarded as one of the nicest beaches in the north of Tenerife, Playa de las Teresitas stretches for almost a mile, is lined with beautiful palm trees, golden sands and serene turquoise waters.

Locals treat this beach as an outdoor gymnasium so there is always something going on! Feel free to join in with a game of volleyball or take part in a relaxing Pilates or yoga class which regularly take place here.

Positioned below the Anaga Mountains, Playa de las Teresitas is a beach surrounded by a stunning landscape, it is truly captivating and a great place to just chill in that reliable Canary Island sunshine.

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This beach is one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife, so be prepared for heavier crowds on weekends, however even with this, the beach is miraculously unspoiled, so much so it wouldn’t look out of place in the centre of the Caribbean.

Facilities are all here, you’ve got sunbeds, umbrellas and showers with a great selection of bars and restaurants nearby.

El Bollullo, Northern Tenerife

This black beauty may just come out on top as one of Tenerifes prettiest all natural beaches.

Your journey here may take a little longer than other beaches but its unspoiled natural beauty is well worth the effort. Situated in Puerto de la Cruz, narrow roads and pathways lined with banana plantations lead you toward the entrance of this beach.

The water is beautiful, sands soft and scenery extraordinary with dramatic cliffs surrounding the large bay. There are no hotels in the vicinity, just a simple beach café where you can appease your appetite and use their facilities.

There are no reefs protecting the bay so currents here can be strong at times although the waves are ideal for keen surfers and body boarders.

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Playa Bollullo is the epitome of Tenerife and one of the best places to visit to experience the islands “real” charms. You’ll also find two more neighbouring beaches just along from El Bollullo which are just as beautiful!

Playa de Abama – South West Tenerife

One of Tenerife’s luxurious coves, Playa de Abama backs onto the private grounds of the affluent Ritz Carlton hotel. The beach itself is public, like all beaches in Spain but certainly feels more exclusive, like you’ve found your own secret spot on the island.

Make your way through the grounds of the Ritz to the cliffs top where you can choose to either walk down to its golden sands or make use of the hotels lift. – Before descending take full advantage of this amazing photo opportunity; those beach views from up high are simply sublime and not something you’ll want to forget!

Sunbeds are there to be hired for around €8 along with a beach side restaurant; ran by the hotel, also conveniently located to provide those much needed drinks and snacks – albeit a little pricier than you may find elsewhere. The food really is amazing here and if you can’t treat yourself on holiday, then when can you?

You won’t be able to resist going for a dip and wading out into those crystal clear waters. Big rock formations protect the bay from harsh waves meaning you can safely have a swim and there are even some natural pools nearby for those wishing to avoid the seas current entirely.

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Not only great for a blissful day relaxing, Playa de Abama is a prime spot to watch the sun go down. – Seeing those last few rays of sun bounce off the seas waters and surrounding lunar landscape captures the islands beauty remarkably.

Playa del Duque, South West Tenerife

One of the cleanest beaches on the island; so much so it’s been awarded blue flag status, Playa del Durque has everything you’ll need to feel comfortable and relaxed all day long. The sand is light and fine, waters are free of stones and luxurious sun loungers line the seas edge -where you’ll also find a volleyball court and elegant beach bar.

Take a swim in its pristine waters, relax with a refreshing cocktail and absorb the serenity of this popular yet ultimately tranquil location.

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An ideal base for anyone and everyone, the emphasis here is placed on relaxation and serenity rather than beach side hustle and bustle. However this is still one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife and there is much to do here if you are feeling active!

The beach has its own water sports centre with a wide variety of leisure options to keep you entertained. Ride a jet-ski on your own or with a partner or have lots of laughs on a traditional banana boat!

Banana Boat Excursion

Also just along from Playa del Durque is Playa Fanabe which also hosts many water sports including parasailing which takes you high above the resort! – A perfect way to take in the views of the Atlantic and Tenerife’s mountainous landscape.

However Playa del Durque gets a spot as one of Tenerife’s best beaches in part due to its beautifully laid-out promenade. Home too many upmarket restaurants, fantastic hospitality and exclusive shops, indulging here is a real treat.

Life is better at the beach

It’s a famous saying for a reason! We’re certain days spent in the Canary Islands idyllic sunshine, surrounded by the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean will make anyone feel better.

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