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Due to the volcanic nature of the Island, most of beaches are relatively small and the soft sand is dark colored. In fact, the sand on some beaches is almost black.
Most beaches are incredibly clean (many have been certified as Blue Flag beaches) and have a good range of facilities, including sun beds, cafés and bars and toilets.
The beaches in Tenerife are busiest from April through September and almost deserted in wintertime. Even during peak season, don’t expect to find as many gay sunbathers as in Maspalomas Beach in nearby Gran Canaria island.
close to Montaña Roja, TF 643 road (between Los Abrigos and El Médano), Tenerife | map
Playa de la Tejita is a relatively long sandy beach on the south coast, close to Tenerife South Airport. The “Blue Flag” beach is renowned as being popular with naturalists and the most gay-popular beach (with both tourists and local guys) on the island (particularly the righthand side).
There are sun loungers and shades available for hire on sunny days and there is plenty of free car parking, but otherwise facilities are quite limited. Bring your own refreshments. The beach can be windy, so taking a windbreak is a good idea.
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If you’re staying in the Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos in South Tenerife, it’s worth taking a trip to Playa Los Callados.
This stretch of sand (mostly stones) and shingle beach is an openly nude beach. Mostly straight crowd, but it’s a haven for sexy muscle guys by day looking to get away from the other crowded nearby tourists beaches.
By night, needless to say, wandering along Playa Los Callados has many opportunities for those looking for adventure. Watch your step on the shingle, though.
Next to Los Cristianos in South Tenerife, there is a small town called Palm-Mar which has its own beach.
The rocky beach starts at the end of promenade, and the area at the very west end is where you may see some gay sunbathers.
Perhaps not as ‘cruisy’ as it used to be, it’s also common to see families with children.
Playa Troya is a popular spot for sunbathing during the day, all day and every day – thanks to the gorgeous year-round sunny weather in Tenerife. Once the sun sets, the beach turns into a meeting place after dark.
The Troya beach is located close to the Salytien Commerical Centre in Playa de las Américas, with all the gay bars and clubs nearby.
Avenida Colon, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife | map
weekday: 09:00 - 19:00
weekend: 09:00 - 19:00
A lovely beach near the water park of Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz. The area has been on the gay map for several decades, and the Martiánez beach is known locally as the place to meet new friends where gay cruising takes place, day and night.
The beach has volcanic sand that slopes gently into the ocean. Take a walk along the beach and you’re sure to find somewhere private amongst the bushes, coves and mini dunes.
Playa del Pozo is a favourite amongst gay beach lovers in the Puerto de la Cruz area of north Tenerife. The beach may be a little out of the way but can be reached by taxi (get a price before setting off).
Pozo beach is made up of two volcanic sandy coves that stand at the foot of sheer cliffs, completely unspoilt and deserted. Dramatic scenery; the ultimate isolated beach and a hot spot for naked guys.
Take refreshments as there is only one kiosk on the beach. This gorgeous beach is for those who want to completely slip off the tourist radar.
Avenida Familia Betancourt y Mol, 16, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
weekday: 10:00 - 17:00
weekend: 10:00 - 17:00
Built by acclaimed artist/architect Cesar Manrique, Lago Martiánez is more than just an amusement park for kids.
With features like waterfalls, elegantly designed swimming pools and landscaped lakes, the place attracts many adults.
There is an ‘unofficial gay section’ where guys lounge on the sun beds in a private corner with landscaped gardens, away from other visitors. Upon entry, take a left.
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