Best Tenerife Beaches

Tenerife Beaches

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands in Spain, is a popular beach travel destination for families and couples looking for great weather, a laid-back atmosphere and amazing beaches. The volcanic nature of the island means Tenerife boasts a number of natural beaches with characteristic black sand.  Many of the Tenerife beaches are easily accessible and meet the European standards when it comes to cleanliness. Most also feature a number of facilities, ranging from sun beds, parasols and changing rooms to beachside bars, water sports and children’s play areas. Even though the island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the average sea temperature is pleasantly mild all-year-round, meaning you can enjoy a dip whichever month you visit.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

Tenerife is not short of top hotels from 5-star pamper palaces to intimate chic retreats, the island has more than its fair share.  After choosing to vacation in Tenerife, you’ll want to know where on the island to stay and then pick your hotel. The island has a huge variety of top hotels, rentals, and amazing resorts.

Playa Bollullo

Playa El Bollullo is located in a secluded bay four kilometres east of Puerto de la Cruz in northern Tenerife.  It is a natural black volcanic sand beach that many consider the most beautiful beach in Tenerife.  You can get to Playa Bollullo beach either by car or by walking the coastal path from Puerto de la Cruz, which is a 30-35 minute walk. There is a beach café, but no other facilities or water sports here.  Here there is soft sand, but waves and currents can get pretty strong, which makes it not so child friendly.  There is a cafe at the beach serving bocadillos and a few tapas dishes, and a restaurant on the cliffs above the beach.  The former fishing village is known for its sardine festival and annual carnival. The narrow streets of the pretty Old Town are lined with traditional colonial-style restaurants, cafés and bars.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa Bollullo Beach

Playa de Las Américas

Playa de Las Américas is on the south coast of Tenerife with a reputation for being the place to party. Many come to this energetic town to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and fun-filled celebrations. Play de Las Américas boasts stretches of long golden sandy beaches that draw in the crowds looking for a day of sunshine and relaxation. The main beach has calm waters and you can see children playing and couples walking hand in hand.  Kiosks line  the beach and sell drinks and ice cream.  There are a wide variety of water sports, volleyball nets, and a variety of shops selling surfboards, wetsuits, snorkeling gear and other items.  Boat excursions are also available.  You can spend a day on a pirate ship, take a cruise along the coast on a catamaran, and take a dolphin or whale watching trip.  There’s even a submarine safari so you can journey to the bottom of the ocean.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa de Las Américas

Playa Fañabé

Playa Fañabé is on the southern coast of Tenerife, in the upmarket region of Costa Adeje.  Here you can take a swim in the warm waters, relax with a refreshing drink and take in the serenity of this tranquil beach with golden sand.  You will not find the hustle and bustle here, but there is plenty to do.  There are lots of water sports like riding a jet ski, hopping on a banana boat, or even strapping on a water parachute.  This beach is distinguished by its Blue Flag status and is one of the best beaches on the coastline of Tenerife.  You’ll find plenty to eat just steps away from the beach with lots of gourmet restaurants, and cafés and bars serving cool drinks and great food.  Also, there are some great boutiques which line the promenade.  Local buses go to and from this beach, there is a taxi always waiting, and ample parking.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa Fañabé

Playa Jardín

Playa Jardín is a picturesque beach in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s name, Playa Jardín or Garden Beach, symbolizes the rich and abundant flowers and plant life and encompass the beach making for wonderful photographs.  Here you’ll find a waterfall that cascades over volcanic rocks and little pools are filled with marine life.  The sand is soft and dark colored with calm warm waters great for swimmers.  You’ll have an amazing view of Mount Teide, Tenerife’s volcano.  For the active beach lovers, you can enjoy many different water sports here and can also enjoy snorkeling.  Playa Jardín is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa Jardín

Los Cristianos Beaches

Los Cristianos is a great resort area if you are looking for fine beaches and tranquil turquoise waters on the sunny south coast of Tenerife. This is a fishing village that has grown into a thriving, popular place with sun worshippers who spend hours soaking up the rays on the soft golden sand.  The water is very calm and there is a large shallow area with makes this area popular for families with children.  You will find sunbeds and sunshades, bars, and huts selling food all along the expanse of the beaches.  There are also several shower facilities.  There is a promenade that runs for hundreds of meters and it packed with shops, restaurants and cafés where you can sit for hours watching the world go by.  This resort area is also busy with lots of people visiting the resort for the day.  There is also a marina in Los Cristianos which offers a variety of boat trips, and ferries that will take you to the neighboring islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

Playa del Duque

Playa del Duque is a beach located on Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife. This whole area is a high-quality, exclusive resort and the beach is just as fantastic!   Walk along the soft golden sand, feel it between your toes, take a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters, unwind on sumptuous sunbeds in glorious sunshine while listening to the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore.  This beach is made for beach lovers, those who like to relax and enjoy the finer things in life.  This beach is also a Blue Flag beach, awarded for its cleanliness, high standards and outstanding facilities.  There is a promenade that runs the length of the sand to stroll on and enjoy stylish restaurants and cafés.  Visitors can also enjoy some boutique shopping, with many designer labels adorning the windows of upmarket outlets.  There are plenty of showers and changing areas, ice cream kiosks, and sunshades here.  Nearby there is plenty of parking, local buses that run to all major resorts along the beach, and taxis waiting.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa del Duque

Lago Martiánez

The cosy beach of Playa Martiánez is in the bustling town of Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife. Here you will find lovely volcanic sand and warm waters. Sometimes the waves here can get large enough for surfers to hit the swells, so remember this when going for a swim.  Next to the beach is one of Tenerife’s most celebrated attractions, Lago Martiánez. Saltwater from the ocean is filtered into a large water park which consists of lakes, cascading waterfalls, beautiful landscaped gardens, sunbathing areas, restaurants, bars and cafés.  This place brings in the crowds and is a great place for families with children who will enjoy hours of fun.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Lago Martiánez

Playa de Las Teresitas

The golden sand of Playa de las Teresitas stretches for almost one mile; palm trees sway in a gentle warm sea breeze and the beautiful calm waters are perfect for taking a dip to cool off. Welcome to one of the nicest beaches in the north of Tenerife.  This beach sits just below the Anaga Mountains outside the capitol of Santa Cruz in the village of San Andrés.  This beach is captivating and a great place to chill out and enjoy the sunshine.  Since this beach does have such a good reputation, it gets fairly busy…especially on weekends. There is always activity going on at this beach. You can join in with a game of volleyball or take part in yoga and aerobics classes that regularly take place on the sand.  Facilities are good, with plenty of sunbeds, sunshades, showers and a selection of bars and restaurants just next to the beach.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa de Las Teresitas

Playa El Médano

El Médano is a Canarian seaside resort nestled on the south coast of Tenerife. It has a lovely long stretch of golden sand and awesome waves which are really what this place is all about. If you love water sports, then this is the place for you. Surfers use one end of the beach while most of the swimming and sunbathing is on the far side where children can play while us adults relax in the sun.  There are plenty of sunbeds, sunshades, showers, and changing facilities.  This beach has also received the Blue Flag beach award.  The World Kite Surfing Championship competition takes place here every year where hundreds take to the sea to perform tricks on surfboards attached to large kites.  A promenade runs along the beach and is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. There are also plenty of places to hire water sport equipment and wetsuits. Plenty of parking is also nearby as are several taxis in waiting.  El Médano is perfect for enjoying a traditional Canarian coastal town with a Bohemian twist. Local buses run to this resort from most of the major places on the island.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa El Médano

Playa San Marcos

Playa San Marcos is on the northwest coast in the town of Icod de los Vinos.  Here there is a nice volcanic beach surrounded by dramatic rocks and cliffs. Playa de San Marcos is a favorite among the residents of nearby Puerto de la Cruz for good times in the sunshine. It is popular yet not too crowded with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  Here you can enjoy warm, calm waters while the children play in the sand.  Join in on a game of volleyball, take a picnic, or just enjoy the day on the beach with plenty of sunbeds, sunshades and shower facilities.  The views here are beautiful, especially in the evening as the sun goes down. In front of the beach is a promenade where you will find several restaurants specialising in Canarian cuisine and fish dishes. There are also cafés and bars to enjoy a light snack and drinks as well as some shops.  Playa de San Marcos remains an unspoiled beach and worth a visit. It has a laid-back atmosphere that will have you day dreaming in the sunshine, bathing in the beautiful waters and generally having a relaxing time on your holiday.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa San Marcos

Playa de La Tejita

This beach is tucked away behind the Tenerife South Airport and is the longest natural beach on the island, stretching 1.5km along the coast. This beach is almost always extremely windy, making for some fantastic waves that surfers of all types take advantage of. Unfortunately, the blustery conditions sometimes make sunbathing impossible. Even though it’s very popular with the locals, this beach is so large that it never gets overcrowded.  The section of the beach closest to Montaña Roja is regarded as a naturist section, but being nude isn’t obligatory and it’s common to see naturists all the way along the beach. This is a Blue Flag beach and facilities include sunbeds, sunshades and lifeguards during peak seasons.  There is a mini market  and café at the nearby campsite if you get hungry.  You can also head to the western side of the beach and up the stone steps to reach a great little beachside bar.  It serves great, remarkably cheap drinks and freshly prepared food.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa de La Tejita

Playa de Las Vistas

Playa Las Vistas is a long stretch of golden sand linking Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This beach is popular with both locals and visitors due to the quality and number of facilities.  Here you’ll find sun loungers and parasols to rent, showers, changing rooms, lockers, and toilets. Most of the time the sea is very calm, but you still need to take extra care when swimming just in case.  There is a number of water sports available like jet skis, parasailing and banana boats.   Lining the beach you’ll find a great selection of shops and supermarkets, as well as a number of bars and restaurants which sell cheap food and drink throughout the day.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Playa de Las Vistas

Los Gigantes Beach

Los Gigantes Beach is to the north of the marina in Los Gigantes.  The beach is a wonderfully quiet place to work on your tan. It has dark, volcanic sand lapped by crystal-clear waters.  Because of its small size, you’ll need to make sure you get to the beach early in order to grab your favorite spot. Facilities and services at this beach are limited to sun loungers and parasols, but there is a great choice of bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets just a short walk away in the center of the resort.  Visit our Tenerife Vacation Guide.

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Los Gigantes Beach

34 Comments

  1. Karlo

    Hello,
    thank you for publishing a great article about the best beaches. If I would have a opportunity to visit a great beach I would definitely consider Los Cristiano beach because Los Cristianos is a great resort area if you are looking for fine beaches and tranquil turquoise waters on the coast of Tenerife. Thanks for sharing
    Karlo

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would agree with you. This was my favorite beach when I was there. I like to have everything available to me and you get that with Los Cristianos.

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  2. Anjali_ak

    Hi Leahrae,
    I really like to spend my vacations at beach sides. You have put some very interesting information in this page. My eyes immediately catches the image of Lago Martiánez beach. Looking forward to go there someday. And I’ll definitely make sure to pay a vist to your site whenever I’m deciding vacation locations.

    Good luck! Keep up the good work!!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok 🙂 I plan on doing a travel guide next with all the information you will need to make your plans. Tenerife beaches are beautiful!

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  3. Robert Junk

    Hi Mattysmom! I love this article as an ice storm is coming down around me this morning. I had never thought about this region or these beaches before. They look amazing and much warmer for me at the moment. I can’t imagine how expensive a trip to this paradise is versus the cost for a trip to the Baja California region. Probably out of my price range unfortunately. I’m sure there are probably some great deals out there, however, and I will have to look into them!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have been to Tenerife, and the airline tickets are a bit spendy. Cabo and the Baja California are much cheaper as far as that goes. But once you get there, you will find the costs to be cheaper. Food, restaurants, etc are cheaper in the Canary Islands. The price of everything has went up in Cabo, and it’s all spendy there.

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  4. Steve

    Hi Leahrae, we are planning our holiday for 2017 and it all looks so lovely and relaxing – just what we need. We are both in our 40s and like quiet spaces to read and write. My wife also likes to visit local markets. We both like mountaintop sunsets! Are there any resorts you would suggest so we get all the things I mentioned? Thanks, Steve

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well, you won’t find any on a mountain top. The mountain on the island is an active volcano. The Regency Country Club is in the country a bit with beautiful views. I would recommend it for you. You will get most of what you want at this resort. Please let me know if you need any further information.

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  5. Anuoluwapo

    Hi Leahrae,

    I am enjoying the reviews of this beaches.

    Am a lover of travel mostly by cruise. Whoa, am just trying to imagine how much that’s left for me to see of these amazing beaches.

    As I was going through your article, I was subconsciously going imagining how much fun is awaiting me on my next vacation. So much to see and enjoy. Thanks for putting out this information.

    Really enjoy every bit of the article. I will definitely come back for more.

    Anu

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Anu and I am glad you enjoyed reading about these most beautiful beaches. They really are amazing!

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  6. Gary

    This makes me miss the beach so much. All these beaches sound great. There is a lot to choose from and something for everyone. I prefer the quiet, less crowded beaches. Lago Martianez sounds really cool but you said it brings in the crowds. I’m not really into the nightlife anymore. Perhaps Playa del Duque or Playa San Marcos are the beaches for me. Great information. I was wondering, how big is Tenerife?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It has 785 square miles and is the biggest of the Canary Islands. It also has the most coastline, hence the most beautiful beaches 🙂 Yea, I don’t really like too much night life anymore either. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Travis Smithers

    I love to travel and go to beaches, and when I read your post, it shows me how much more I need to see. Some beaches you talk about for the Tenerife in Spain drives home the fact I have so much more to see.

    Knowing I will not have the time to check most of them out, going to the areas that feature the black sandy beaches is where I need to concentrate one of my visits to.

    Great post to get me thinking of where to consider taking one of my future trips.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Travis! I loved the Canary Islands. I was in Tenerife and it is so diverse, from driving to the volcano and seeing snow, and then back to the beaches. Awesome!

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  8. Lincoln

    Ahh, I just got back form Hawaii! Feeling a little beach sick (like homesick but for beaches) and these awesome beaches aren’t helping. I found the video helpful and actually quite motivating. Thank you for outlining and clearly explaining Tenerife for me. I haven’t been but feel like when I can afford to go it will be easy–I’ll be bookmarking this site.

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  9. Jeremy

    What an interesting article! I’ve never heard of Tenerife islands in Spain. Although, by the looks of it, it seems to be the paradise I’ve been looking for all my life 🙂 I was wondering, since the beaches here look magnificent, how do you think or know the fishing to be? I’m a huge fisherman and would be really interested in your help about this area.

    -Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’ll want to go to Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife. It was once a small fishing town, but has since grown. You can catch a variety of fish to include bottom feeding Flatfish, Snappers, Morays, Amberjacks, and Mackerel, Boga, Herring, Snapper, Sea Bream, Amberjacks, Sea Perch, and Trigger fish. There is a HUGE variety. Plus you can go out for shark, rays, and blue marlin. You’ll have a fantastic time here if you are a fisherman!

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  10. LMN

    Beautiful beaches! I didn’t even know they existed. I enjoyed reading about these fantastic travel destinations. These beautiful beaches of the Canary Islands of Spain look like paradise. The sandy beaches there are a hidden gem that I must explore. These destinations are definitely going on my bucket list, especially during the cold winter months.

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  11. Krissy

    WOW! I love your website I could not stop checking it out! To bad I got to head off to bed but I’ll be back to check out those beautiful beaches! Florida is my favorite and I’d been to Miami and I really want to go back! I want to move to Florida next year, I’m thinking I’ll move close to Tampa FL, Miami is only 4 hours away so its not that bad. Clearwater is beautiful too! Great site and I’ll be heading back here again!
    Best Wishes
    Krissy

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am right there with you! I plan on moving to the St. Pete area. Absolutely love it!

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  12. Khoifush

    Kind greetings Leahrae,
    This is a lovely list of beaches with beautiful pictures attached!
    I only wished that you included a few more images of the other beaches listed that do not have a photo attached. Thanks for an informative and beautiful post.
    Khoi.

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  13. Yvonne

    Hi,

    I’m not much a beach person but these places look like great places to visit. I think I would love to have a picnic at one of these beaches. Being so close to the sea, I’m assuming the seafood in the restaurants there is very fresh?

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  14. russel

    Wow! PARADISE! I want to go there! Thank you for this post. I just so love beaches. Now, I’m gonna put this on my list. Thank you!

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  15. Ola

    Ooh! Now I really wanna be at the “warm places”…I pretend that I am laying on the hot sand, swimming in the blue water ad taking a sun bath 🙂 One day I would like to visit this awesome place. Thank you so much for telling about very interesting and informative data about Tenerife.

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  16. Wes

    Hoping to vacation and visit Playa de la Vistas sooon! I love your website and the information you’ve delivered for these amazing destinations!

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  17. Thomas

    I haven’t had the chance to visit too many beaches around the world, although I have been to the beaches of Florida and North Carolina and they were nice. My lifetime goal is to explore the northern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, visiting the beaches and eating great food.
    Thank you for this information, I have bookmarked this for future reference.

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  18. john

    Leahrae,
    This must be a favorite place for the European people to vacation. How do you have to get there from the United States or Canada? Do you have to go somewhere else or can you go direct. How big is the island, I spent a couple years on Guam it is not very big, but the water is the deepest blue I have ever been in. I bet there is a lot of resort places also near the beaches. Thanks for the information as I would need a child friendly and with a lot of activities for my crew.
    John

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      It is a favorite place for Europeans. My aunt and uncle (from Germany) are “snow bunnies” and now live there full time. The signs in the area where she lives are all in German and Spanish. The island seemed pretty small to me and it is about 2000 sq. kilometers. I can fly direct from DFW and I have flown out of Anchorage, stopping in Madrid. It is a really neat place as you can lay in the sun, and then drive to the volcano, Mt. Teide, and I saw it snowing up there! Very Cool.

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  19. Paul

    I’ve been to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, great places to have loooong walks along the beach. I love that.
    Tenerife seems to offer plenty of that as well.

    I read your comment about the cleanliness of the beaches here. Yes, we’re indeed the clean kind usually. Who wants to wade around in a big pile of junk someone left there the other day? Of course there are exceptions but let’s not go there. Literally.

    I love the little video you found about Tenerife. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 I might go there on my next sunshine vacation!

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  20. Stella

    Thanks for the really informative post. Now I know which are the best beaches for me to go to when I’m in Tenerife. Saves times and wasted journeys!

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  21. Stuart

    Wow, those beaches look fantastic and the waves inviting and that’s coming from someone who lives in Hawaii.

    It’s my dream to one day travel across Europe and now this area of Spain would seem like a perfect place to visit.

    I just had one question. What did you mean by “…beaches…meet the European standards when it comes to cleanliness?” Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Europeans are typically very clean and hold strict standards when it come to cleanliness. Everything is kept first class. Let’s say, no comparison to some of the beaches of Cabo that the locals visit. They tend to have some….well less than clean areas.

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  22. Chris

    Wow, there are some incredible beaches in the Tenerife area of Spain. I would love to go to Playa del Duque the most out of the bunch (when I get to travel to Spain that is). I haven’t been anywhere outside Canada and the US. Do you have any out of the bunch that you would recommend the most for a first time visit out of them all?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Definitely Playa de Las Américas. It is a must when you visit. Tenerife is a great place and also has lots of Germans living there…the reason I went 🙂

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