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Las Teresitas is said to be the best beach in Tenerife in the Canary Islands

Updated on February 20, 2016

Playa de las Teresitas - the best beach in Tenerife

If a good beach is what you are looking for in the Canary Islands, and more specifically in Tenerife, then Playa de las Teresitas, or Las Teresitas beach in Tenerife's north is said, with very good reason, to be the best the island has to offer.

.Las Teresitas beach is situated right by the village of San Andrés and is only some seven kilometres from the capital city of Santa Cruz and it is easy to get to by bus or car.

Because this part of Tenerife has the Anaga mountain range providing shelter it means that Las Teresitas is blessed with lots of warm sunshine and its golden sands are ideal for sunbathers and for paddling or bathing in the sea. Children can make sandcastles on the beach and because there are no stones or shingle the sands are smooth and ideal for bare feet.

Sun beds are available for Playa de Las Teresitas, and the beach has all the facilities you might want like public showers, changing rooms and toilets.

The village of San Andrés

The charming seaside village of San Andrés has restaurants and a few shops as well as a road that forks off and leads up into the Anaga Massif mountain range. Buses from Santa Cruz provide a regular service to the village and it is possible to stay on one and carry on to the equally charming Igueste de San Andrés.

Another service goes up and across the Anaga mountains taking passengers to the remote coastal villages of Almáciga and Taganana. Perhaps you might want to explore these other parts of Tenerife on another day?

Playa de Las Teresitas though is sure to provide an enjoyable and memorable day out on the beach and it is hardly surprising that it is so popular with both local residents and visitors to Tenerife.

Las Teresitas photo

Playa de Las Teresitas breakwater and beach
Playa de Las Teresitas breakwater and beach

Sea grapes

Sea Grapes on the sand
Sea Grapes on the sand
Sea Grape bunch
Sea Grape bunch

Sand from the Sahara

Playa de las Teresitas is one of Tenerife's artificial beaches and was created with millions of tons of sand that was brought to the island from the Sahara. This was first done back in the 1960s but the beach was improved again in 1973. It is said that it took as many as 4 million sacks of sand to make the 1.5 km long stretch of beach. This is easy to believe because Las Teresitas is both a very broad and very long beach.

As well as being created with sand from the Sahara, the beach had a specially made breakwater and artificial reef to give protection to swimmers and prevent dangerous currents and waves from the ocean coming in.

At the top of Playa de Las Teresitas there are a range of beach cafés and tapas bars if you fancy something to eat and drink. Also in this part of the beach there are many tall palms trees and Sea Grapes (Coccoluba uvifera) with their rounded leathery leaves that give some shelter if the sun is too strong.

The edible fruit of the Sea Grape form large bunches on the trees but they often fall on the sand when ripe. When mature they are a purplish colour and tangy but pleasant tasting. You can easily see why the trees got the name it has.


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    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      I think they are great to eat. It seems crazy that thousands go to waste!

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Thank you for letting me know about the sea grapes and I am anxious to learn about them, I bet they are scrumptious and I certainly hope that it will be a money make for you too! :)

    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for your comments, poetlorraine, Sage and IzzyM!

      Izzy, yes, it goes all over the cars here and everything else!

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      10 years ago from UK

      Really interesting hub, thanks for sharing! And yes up here in the Costa Blanca we also get sand carried up in the wind from the Sahara. When it rains the cars get a coating of sand!

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      Sage Williams 

      10 years ago

      What a terrific hub, very interesting and well written. Seeing the pictures is so inviting. I am so tired of the cold winter weather.

      I love the fact that the sand was brought in from the Sahara, I never would have given that a thought.

      Thanks so much for an interesting hub and Welcome to Hub Pages. I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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      10 years ago

      lovely hub...... enjoyed reading

    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      AEvans, yes, you can eat the Sea Grapes and I have eaten loads. That's given me an idea to add this info into the hub so thanks! Hi Mojo! Thanks for posting! I intend putting hubs about everything I can think of about Tenerife here and hopefully make this a new money-maker for me!

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      Mojo Morgan 

      10 years ago

      Hi there brother Steve! Next time i come, I will make sure i go all over the place! Thank you for showing us my mate!!!....respect...Mojo!

    • AEvans profile image


      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I didn't know that the sand came in from the Sahara? Can you actually eat the sea grapes? I know those are crazy questions but I am curious this was a wonderful read. :)

    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for posting and welcoming me here, BkCreative! Many more hubs will follow soon!

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      My cousins from England have been and stayed for awhile in the apartment of friends - and enjoyed the good life! I got to see the great videos and live vicariously!

      Thanks for the hub!


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