Fancy a spot of swimming in Tenerife on your holiday? The south coast of Tenerife offers a wide variety of top sea swimming spots on the island. Unlike the north of Tenerife, notorious for its strong winds and high tides, as a result of being exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, the south is a safer and sheltered option for those wanting to take a dip!
Check out these gorgeous places to enjoy swimming in Tenerife, and let your inner mermaid out!
Playa del Camison, Playa de las Americas
El Camison beach is a fantastic stretch of coastline located in the popular resort of Playa de Las Americas. The sheltered cove boasts golden sand and flat, crystal-clear waters perfect for those who want to take a quick dip to cool off or swim from one end to the other. The sea is reasonably shallow for the little ones and those who aren’t too comfortable in the water, but whatever your age, it is a great sea swimming location with a picturesque backdrop.
Playa de Las Teresitas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Considered one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, Playa de Las Teresitas, situated five miles from the capital Santa Cruz, is a great spot for sea swimming in Tenerife. Las Teresitas is one of the few beaches on the island that doesn’t have the common black sand associated with its volcanic surroundings. Running for almost one mile, you won’t be short of swimming space at Playa de Las Teresitas!
Playa Abama, Playa San Juan
Even though Playa Abama is one of the shorter beaches in Tenerife, it still allows for a great swimming spot. The 30m-wide bay is sheltered from the wind and also has an additional wave breaker that is perfect for those looking for easy sea swimming water. The beach slopes gently down into the sea so there are no surprising dips. The only downside is that you’ll have to walk 20-30 minutes from the car park to get to the beach, but this does make for a quiet sea swimming experience as it is less populated than the main resorts.
Playa Las Vistas, Los Cristianos
Las Vistas beach is a popular swimming beach with those taking holidays in Los Cristianos. Although the neighbouring Los Cristianos Beach is considered the main beach in the resort, Las Vistas is a great location for families who want to spend their days in the sun and in the knowledge that the soft sand and shallow water make for child-friendly swimming. With many holidaymakers taking to Las Vistas, you won’t be short of company when swimming in the sea.
Playa del Duque, Costa Adeje
Playa Del Duque is a premium beach in one of the most exclusive areas of Costa Adeje, providing a luxury sea swimming experience. It has been awarded the Blue Flag for it cleanliness, high standards and outstanding facilities. The waters here are just as perfect as the location with hardly a wave in sight, leaving you with an undisturbed and relaxed sea swimming spot.
Puerto Colon Beach, Costa Adeje
Another for those taking holidays in Costa Adeje, Puerto Colon beach is a fantastically sheltered cove with beautiful sand. The sea water is crystal clear for many metres from the shore and is great for the confident swimmer who wants to head out a bit further. The cove is sheltered by man-made wave breaks to prevent those further along the coast to the left interrupting your sea swimming adventure.
Swimming in Tenerife – But Minus The Sea
If the salty seawater is less to your fancy, then the majority of hotel resorts in Tenerife have their own pool. If you’re not staying in one, you may still be able to bag a day pass. You may have to share it with some overexcited children, though, unless you pick an adults-only resort, such as IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel El Mirador in Costa Adeje. Speaking of overexcited children… if you have one or two in tow, then why not head for Siam Park, and enjoy a day out that you’re all sure to remember.