The Canary Islands are of volcanic origin, so the best surf beaches in Tenerife are not beaches, but rock-bottom point breaks, of easy access even for a beginner or intermediate surfer. If you are wondering where to surf in Tenerife on this blog, we will inform about the best surf beaches in Tenerife. Also, we add 5 specific spots for beginners and intermediate surfers, in case you are at that level and looking for the best surfing options in Tenerife. Without a doubt for us, these are the most distinguished areas to practice this sport:
- Playa de Las Américas, in the southwest of the island.
- El Médano, in the southwest.
- Alcalá, on the west coast of Tenerife.
- Taganana and Almáciga, located in the northeast of the map.
- Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo, also in the northeast of the island, far away by road, but only a few kilometres away from Taganana to the west.
- Puerto de La Cruz and the Northside of the island.
Playa de Las Américas.
Let’s start with Playa de las Américas, where we are based, and doubtlessly the best surfing place, with over 7 surfing spots, from quite mighty waves to soft breakers free from the dangerous currents. It’s also a fun place to spend your surfing holidays, the whole place revolves around the sport, and you may book your surfing lesson at any of the different schools and shops, as well as surf camps, where you will enjoy an unforgettable holiday. Las Américas is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the Canary Islands, with a huge leisure offer all year round.
El Medio is our star spot not only for beginners, and where we impart most of our lessons (link here). El Medio is located in the heart of Playa de Las Américas, it is a rock bottom bay, very soft and consistent, with an easy in-and-out flow. With a low tide, you are guaranteed a safe and fun first lesson nearly any day of the year.
Only twenty minutes away to the East we find El Médano, a world-known spot for windsurfing and kitesurf. However, when the wind is not that strong, you may find quite big waves such as La Machacona and La Tejita, and options for beginners at any of the area’s sandy beaches. El Médano is also a really charming village, where locals and tourist get together on the lively streets. A place not to be missed while in Tenerife South.
El Cabezo, one beach located at El Médano is a very well known spot for wind sports, so probably not the place you are going to find the best beaches in Tenerife, but it is also a good place to surf on days where the conditions are not as good elsewhere. It is a long sandy beach, where your main concern should be not to be in the way of wind or kite-surfer, the dominant species around this area.
Another twenty minutes away from Las Américas, this time towards the Northwest, we find Alcalá, only for advanced surfers. There you will find 3 peaks of not-so-easy access and powerful waves. This is quite a wild place, and we advise you to go in groups of two or three, to avoid crowding the peaks and respect local surfers.
Taganana and Almáciga.
On the Northeast of the Island, you will find Taganana and Almáciga, one of the Canary Islands’ most beautiful landscapes. It has three sandy beaches with good waves 365 days of the year. A reliable spots for those days when there are no waves anywhere else in the island. When the sea is strong it might be too much, due to its exposure to the North swell. It’s also good for beginners on an easy day, or if they stay near the beach. It’s also a good place to visit even if you do not surf, completely different to the rest of the island, where you can enjoy fresh fish and Canarian specialities in beautiful surroundings.
Los Roques is one of beach where the swell does not get in that much. So if you are careful and do not go in deep, or on an easy day, you will enjoy a fun beach break. Also, do not forget to round up your surfing day eating good fish at any of the charming village restaurants that you will find right in front of the beach.
Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo.
A few miles to the West, from Almáciga, we find Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo, a long stretch of coast with numberless waves, some suitable for medium surfers and others only to be surfed by the pros. Even tho we still thinking in Las Américas, many people may think the best surf beaches in Tenerife are in this area. This is a small village away from the beaten track. Once again we recommend to go in small groups, and to be respectful of the local surfers. This is another good place to enjoy good local food, in a more natural environment totally different from the South of the island.
Puerto de La Cruz and the Northside.
Finally, Puerto de la Cruz and the Northside of the island. This is, in our view, the second surfing spot of the island, after Las Américas, in terms of surfing shops, schools and surf-related leisure. There are several sandy beaches to surf from most days of the year, just like in Almáciga, even when there are no waves anywhere else in the island. There are also rock-bottom breakers suitable for the more experienced surfer. Besides the leisure offer in Puerto de la Cruz, we recommend you go to any of the well-known “Guachinches” in the area, restaurants owned by winemakers and where you can taste local cuisine at really low prices.
Martianez, one spot located in Puerto de la Cruz, we find this right-hand wave, formed inside the bay and really good fun for a beginner-intermediate surfer. The outstanding rocks are easily spotted and avoided, and if you have good rowing control you should be able to enjoy a carefree surfing sesh.
El Socorro: Another northern beach, very similar to Almáciga. A standard option for local surfers when there are no waves anywhere else on the island. If you are new to the sport, make sure that the waves are not big, so that you can enjoy your surfing day without having a bad time.
In the world of surfing you must know that every place has different rules, and every spot is different, you must gather enough information before going in the sea, whether asking a local surfing, the surfing schools around the area or, even better, taking a surfing lesson to ensure an easy, safe and therefore fun, experience.
This blog offers general information for anybody wanting to go surfing anywhere on the island and our humble opinion of what are the best surf beaches in Tenerife. From Tilegit we ask visitors and locals alike to respect and preserve our coastline. We aim to provide useful information and advocate for respect and harmony between local and visiting surfers.