Top 25+ Tenerife Beaches

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The biggest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has beaches to suit everyone, from party animals to couples and young families.

The best beaches here can generally be found in the south of the island. This is due to Tenerife's varying climate, which means the north gets more rain, and is generally far windier.

Youngsters usually make a beeline for Playa de las Americas - the six white sandy beaches here are backed up by Tenerife's liveliest nightlife, and there's a big choice of watersports to get stuck into as well, including scuba diving and jet-skiing.

Just next door to this lively resort is the upmarket spot of Los Cristianos. Again, the wide-open, biscuity sand beaches here are paired with a top-notch watersports scene and a somewhat quieter crowd than its neighbour.

And if you head just 10 minutes up the coast you'll find another of Tenerife's big hitters, Costa Adeje. It's got a pair of Blue Flag beaches to choose from - Playa Fanabe, with its volcanic, black sands, and the contrasting Playa del Duque, which has a family-friendly feel to go with its caramel-coloured sands.

If you're looking to avoid the crowds and take a lesser trodden tourist trail, then some of the quieter beaches can be found in the north of the island. Although it gets windier in these parts, if you pick the right time to go, there's no reason why you can't lay back and enjoy some peace and quiet. Head for Playa Bollullo - its black, volcanic sands are backed up by a rocky landscape and a single bar, far removed from the livelier resorts in the south.

Wherever you decide to land, you can be sure of good weather year-round. Tenerife's tropical climate ensures that temperatures remain warm 12 months of the year, with the mercury staying in the high teens and low twenties even during the winter months.