Playa la Arena is right in La Arena at the west coast of Tenerife.
Playa la Arena with its fine sand has been rewarded several times with the "Blue Flag". The black volcanic sand heats up quickly in the sun and therefore tourists as well as locals like that beach very much. Due to the Teide, the wheather is perfect almost every day here, because the clouds cannot reach the area most of the time. The water entry is very steep and the breakers are very high (even without wind). These conditions are therefore marked by a red flag. From the beach you can spot the neighbour island La Gomera and also the view to Los Gigantes with its 500m high vertical rock formations is astonishing. There are praking lots available in the area but you might have to pay for parking.
Suitablity for children
Not really - due to the strong breakers and the steep water approach
Fishing and diving. If you are interested in observing the underwater world you simply need goggles and a snorkel. On the right side of Playa la Arena you can encounter huge swarms of fish.
Directly at the beach there is a promenade with restaurants and ice-shops.
The town of Playa la Arena
Once La Arena, Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes were three separate villages. But due to the growing demand for tourists accommodation the places melted together. La Arena is probably the most modern one of the 3 villages. Playa la Arena means "sand beach" - which probably is a reference to the fact that Playa Arena is one of the few natural sand beaches on Tenerife.
It is important to notice, that the area is very hilly. Therefore, access for disabled guests is not optimal. Also, for families with very small children or with a pram the area is not very recommended.