Let’s be honest, there are plenty of large sandy beaches in Tenerife and you have your choice from Puerto Colon, Fanabe, Las Vistas (Los Cristianos) and Las Americas. You are spoilt for choice to be fair so why would you want to move further along the coast and head towards Playa San Juan? Well if you want to get away from the bustling crowds and check out a little quieter town, this is the ideal place.
You can catch a bus (GuaGua) from the main resorts which will drop you off right off at the seafront. There is a small picturesque harbour which is used for local industry fishing and excursions.
The day was really hot and the sun was lighting up the full harbour and small beach at the other side. It was a quiet morning with a few fisherman working on their boats and two local fishermen with rods at the end of the pier. The small boats looked perfectly anchored and took their proud position within the water. Looking over the water, I could see the other side where people were congregating and taking their place on the beach. Well me being nosy, I just to take a closer peek.
The beach is not your usual golden sandy type but this doesn’t stop people from enjoying the shaded cove. There are dark sand and pebbles at the start of the beach which then moves into some golden sands. You can hire a sun lounger too if you want to spend the day there. Typical shower cubicles of the wooden blue and white huts are on offer on the sand.
Along the beach, there is a lovely walkway of colourful trees and shrubs. Perfect for sitting down and keeping cool from the blazing sun. This is often used by the local people and it has a great view of the harbour and beach. You can also sit at the beach bar and sip a cool cocktail or grab a bite to eat.
What I really liked about this small town was the quiet cafes and restaurants along the main street, overlooking the sea. We took morning breakfast and enjoyed the food then walked along the beachfront so the sun was then in full force. What a gorgeous view and a perfect day!
I remember thinking to myself, it doesn’t come any better than this. Perfect, quiet little town with only a few shops and no ‘lucky lucky’ men to interrupt your food, drink or views. What’s more, it is an ideal place for up and coming rental or purchasing of properties as it is attracting a lot of tourists to live here.
Finally, before heading back to the bus stop, we took a last walk to the small beach to take in the pretty scenic view once more. Walking past the small children’s play area, it was really nice to see how Playa San Juan looked from a slightly raised area. What a pretty little town with some interesting places to eat and pass away a few hours. If you are looking for a trip out from the main tourist places or noise and you want to chill out, this is the perfect place to head for. Early morning stroll before the sun gets too hot and then an hour walking after some lunch.
You can find out more from the tourist information centre www.guiadeisora.org
A big thank you to my sister Maureen for suggesting this lovely place to visit as without her input, well I might have just bypassed it which would have been such a shame!
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