Playa de Antequera
The coastline here features bays and inlets, some of which may have a beach. This bay is the first along the east coast and is a very picturesque area, with a rocky expanse upon which the waves lap gently. The downside is that it is so remote, you’d have to be either a mountaineer or a sailor to get to it.
Playa de Zapata
Right next to Antequera is an attractive, grey stretch of sand beside a gentle sea. It would make an ideal sunbathing spot, but for the fact it is as inaccessible as the previous one.
Playa de Igueste de San Andres
Further south, is the tiny village of Igueste de San Andres. It is perched right on the shoreline and has its own beach. Here it is possible to indulge in various water sports, such as snorkeling and it is also an important spot for surfing.
Close to the beaches of Santa Cruz itself, there is a small cove consisting of a secluded, quiet swathe of sand and rocks that you could possibly have all to yourself, because, just next door is…
Playa Las Gaviotas
The first of Santa Cruz’s two major beaches. This beach has a 200 metre stretch of grey sand and is a lot more intimate than its glamorous neighbour, Las Terisitas. One important thing to be aware of regarding Las Gaviotas is that it is a recognised nudist beach – you have been warned. Apparently, it can get very busy in the summer. Bare bodies galore!
Playa Las Teresitas
Here at Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, we have, quite fittingly, one of the island’s finest and most spectacular beaches. Artificially created, using imported Saharan sand, this huge stretch of gold is packed with amenities, such as changing rooms, toilets, bars, restaurants and an ample car park.
Its setting is idyllic, too. Crescent shaped, with gentle waves lapping in and framed by palm trees, it offers a dramatic view of the mountains. The calm sea makes it ideal for families. The one small drawback is that, as it’s on the east coast, it can be quite windy – but that’s a small price to pay!