Surfing in Tenerife is a must for those passionate about this high adrenaline sport. Enjoying a great weather, with averages above 20 degrees Celsius all year long, the largest island of the Canarian Archipelago is a top destination whether you’re an experienced surfer or if you’re just taking your first lessons. You can surf anytime of the year, in fact the biggest waves in the Nothern part are from October to February, making surfing in Tenerife a great option even in winter time.
Our local guide to the top five spots for surfing in Tenerife will help you plan your vacation if it’s your first time on the island, whether you’re staying in the south or in the north.
Our top of the list option is only for the best and most courageous surfers. Only a few kilometers from the very beautiful city of La Laguna, in the nort of the island, El Charco is clearly one of the top destinations for surfing in Tenerife. Rated 4 out of 5, the waves reach their full intensity in autumn and winter, during the high tide. Besides the unique surfing experience, you also get an authentic feel as the beach rarely gets crowded.
How to get there: from Santa Cruz de Tenerife take the highway TF-5 and stay on it until the exit to Juan de La Rambla.
Los Dos Hermanos
The place to go for expert surfers, this beach from the northern part of the island, close to La Laguna and El Charco, is one of the best destinations during winter time, especially around high tide. It’s also a very popular spot for locals, and you can easily find yourself part of the beach crowds. Surfers rate this sport 4 out of 5, but remember it’s only for very experienced surfers. If you’re a beginner, check some of our next options.
How to get there: from Santa Cruz de Tenerife take the highway TF-5 and then change to TF-13.
Still in the north of Tenerife, close to Puerto de la Cruz, this Blue Fag beach is a sure option for beginners all year long. The waves come from both left and the right, and you’ll get groundswells, but also windswells, making it a great place to gain a bit more experience. The spot is rated 2 out of 5.
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How to get there: take highway TF-5 to the north, then highway TF-5, following afterwards the road to Los Realejos/Icod/Garachico until you reach the beach.
We move to the south, this time to the craziest and busiest place in Tenerife, Las Americas. It’s nearly impossible to find tranquility here, but you’re not looking for it if you’re here anyway. The surfing spot, however, is not for everyone. It’s better to have some experience if you choose La Izquierda as the waves are very powerful while the bottom consists of rocks and corals. Surfers rate if 5 out of 5.
How to get there: take highway TF-1 until the beaches of Las Americas
A rather empty spot for both experts and beginners, the beach of Las Galletas is best for surfing in spring and summer when the tide is low. The beach is located in the south of the island, close to the fishing village with the same name where you can try main local dishes and specialties. Las Galletas is also one of the best diving spots on the island, making it ideal if you want to combine surf and underwater fun.
How to get there: take the highway TF-1 in the direction Candelaria/Aeropuerto Sur/Los Cristianos, then TF-66 to Guaza/Las Galletas.
Playa de la Tejita
Tejita is another beautiful beach from the south of the island. Very close to the beach in Medano, located in fact in El Medano, Granadilla de Abon, the beach of La Tejita is an excellent spot for both experienced surfers and beginners. The beach itself is considered to be one of the most spectacular in Tenerife, a must-see even if you don’t surf at all. Just be prepared for some serious wind.
How to get there: take the highway Sur-TF1 until Medano and then TF-64 y until Los Abrigos/Playa La Tejita
These are just six of the amazing places where you can go surfing in Tenerife. The list is much longer, let us know which is your favorite.
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Written by Diana Condrea, para RuralTenerife.
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