Top beach activities in Tenerife

Tenerife is home to some spectacular beaches. Most holidaymakers seek out sun-drenched stretches of golden sand – and the biggest island in the Canaries has plenty of these. Whether you take a barefoot stroll, sunbathe or read your favourite book, the sandy beaches of Tenerife are not to be missed if you want to unwind in the sunshine. With a host of beach-side destinations to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice. Once you've decided on your accommodation, check out our great deals on Tenerife airport transfers to make sure your holiday gets off to the best start. We offer a wide range of resort transfer options, from shared shuttles, minibuses, cars and even private coaches to get you to your destination relaxed and hassle-free.

So, how can you fill the time once you've arrived? Here are our best activities for holidaymakers of all kinds:

For families with young children

Going to the beach isn't just about building sandcastles. Have fun marking out hopscotches in the sand and jumping across them or create sand angels by lying on your back and moving your arms and legs back and forth. Encourage your children's creative sides by organising an art competition – they could use pebbles to draw pictures and shells and seaweed to decorate them. Alternatively, take kites along with you and see who can get theirs the highest!

For adrenaline junkies

If you're keen to get out there and try everything, why not book yourself a water sports session? Explore the coast by jet ski, hire paddle boarding equipment or – if you are feeling particularly adventurous – try parascending, where you are attached to a parachute and pulled along behind a boat until you rise into the air.

For sea life spotters

There are plenty of opportunities to see fish in their natural habitat around the island of Tenerife. Buy snorkelling equipment or go scuba diving along the south-west coast in areas like El Puertito, Palm Mar Wall and Faro de la Rasca, where you can see turtles, cuttlefish, stingrays and dolphins.

For those seeking tranquillity

If you fancy doing nothing more than lying on a secluded beach, then the west coast of the island is ideal for you. Here, you'll find quiet, sandy beaches dotted with the occasional seafront restaurant or bar. Certain areas of the west coast are less popular among tourists because they have fewer eateries and attractions, but they are also cheaper for holidaymakers looking for a relaxing retreat. Seek out Callao Salvaje, Playa San Juan or Garachico for the best beaches. When you've booked your accommodation, check out our great deals on airport transfers too. Our resort transfers will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your destination, with many stops at popular hotels and complexes.