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ColoursRainbow Sun 19-Feb-17 23:18:56

We are looking for golden sand (really doesn't matter if it's man-made) and gentle waves, that's it really - we will be staying in the South (San Juan) but will hire a car so can go anywhere in reasonable distance....

TheFirie Sun 19-Feb-17 23:25:06

Playa las Vistas in Las Americas or Playa del Duque in Costa Adeje.
I would say las Vistas has gentler waves, but playa del duque is really nice and closer to you. Parking might be a bit tricky.

PetalMettle Sun 19-Feb-17 23:26:36

This one
or TBH either of the LC ones, but this one is sort of cove like with the way the rocks make a c shape so easier for toddler wrangling

ColoursRainbow Sun 19-Feb-17 23:29:39

Thanks both! smile

PetalMettle Mon 20-Feb-17 05:10:45

You're welcome. Have a lovely time. If you go to either of the LC beaches there's a great fish restaurant called el cine just off the beach - just fried fresh fish and fries. It's great

zad716 Mon 20-Feb-17 07:55:33

I think all the golden beaches in Tenerife are technically man-made. We were on Playa las Vistas last summer and the waves are not gentle all the time.

The waterpark Siam Park in PDLA isn't cheap, but may be worth a look. There's a fantastic water play area for young children and a man-made beach.

ColoursRainbow Tue 21-Feb-17 14:01:45

Thanks everyone, we've seen a beach called Abama that looks lovely as well but it seems it is public but the hotel Abama has special access to it - it can only be accessed by funicular via the hotel. Has anyone been to this beach, if we attempt to go there with a pushchair will they let us on the funicular if we pay a fee or something as otherwise I've seen in pictures there are a huge number of stairs sad any tips would be great! Excited about our trip now! smile

ColoursRainbow Tue 21-Feb-17 14:12:01

Sorry, I know this isn't AIBU but posting here for traffic! smile

Stuffofawesome Tue 21-Feb-17 14:16:33

El medano near airport. . Black sand but lovely. Cafes and supermarkets nearby lifeguards. Our favourite

NotTheMrMenAgain Tue 21-Feb-17 14:42:54

Hi OP. We were at the Ritz Carlton Abama for a couple of weeks in August, lovely hotel. But I'm not sure the beach at Abama will be right for you, because as you say it's a looong way down to the beach via zig-zaggy steps. There's a funicular to the beach and a little train that goes down the hill to the top of the funicular, but they're only for hotel guests (wristbands or names are checked). You can't pay to use the funicular and while we were there it often wasn't in operation anyway. I've done the stairs and wouldn't attempt with a toddler or pushchair!

So, you'd have to park up somewhere at the top of the hill, because there's no parking further down, carry all your stuff down the hill, past the hotel grounds (while avoiding being run over by the land - train or hotel guests/staff driving golf buggy type things), then tackle the stairs down to the beach. I wouldn't fancy it.

There were locals on the beach, with picnics and sunshades etc but they were mostly dropped off by car with all their stuff at the bottom of the hill and they'd tackle getting the stuff down the steps in a relay style - which wasn't always straight forward because the turning circle at the bottom of the hill is meant for the little train, not cars, so there'd be beeping and shouting!

The beach is pretty and sheltered but really not very big - I wouldn't particularly make the effort if I wasn't at the hotel. Also, the waves and current were quite strong. There are bound to be nice beaches with easier access - I'm not really familiar with Tenerife generally.

Also, be careful driving and get the 100 per cent covered insurance even if it seems expensive - we wrote off a hire car! It's full of sheer drops, hair pin bends and peole who speed around blind bends in the middle of the road!

In my experience, if you're after beautiful beaches a few steps away from your hotel then Fuerteventura is the island for you.....soft, fine sand that's blown over from the Sahara desert.

ColoursRainbow Tue 21-Feb-17 14:57:38

Thank you so so much for all your advice, I really appreciate your knowledge smile

NotTheMrMenAgain Tue 21-Feb-17 18:30:01

You're welcome, hope you have a lovely time!

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