On a volcanic island such as Tenerife, it is usual for its beaches to have black sand. However, there are areas of the island that have golden sandy beaches. Diego Hernández beach is one of them and, in addition, it is one of those hidden gems away from the tourism hordes that arrives to the island.
We say that it is hidden because there is no road that takes you there, there are no hotels around it, there are no services such as lifeguards or toilets. We are talking about a virgin beach where it is a pleasure to lay and enjoy sand and sea. Of course nothing is perfect these days and Diego Hernández beach is not the exception. Illegal camping on the beach is an issue.
Diego Hernández beach, one of the best in Tenerife
Indeed, Tenerife has beautiful beaches (some natural pools too) and now that we have visited Diego Hernández’s we can say that it is one of them. The surrounding hillsides are dotted with spurges and teasels, a characteristic vegetation of the coastal areas of the Canary Islands. The area has been declared a Site of Scientific Interest due to the presence of halophilic vegetation, or in other words, vegetation adapted to saline soils, which attract marine species and migratory birds. Offshore another wonder as many cetaceans live permanently in the marine strip of Teno-Rasca, ZEC zone (Special Area of Conservation).
With this introduction very few would resist the charm of this golden sandy beach where nudism is accepted. But as previously mentioned there are problems that needs to be taken care of. Illegal camping is number one. The beach is also known as the Caleta de los Hippies (the Cove of Hippies). Their presence is welcome and those who live there give the beach a relaxed and good atmosphere. The drums or the improvised places where you get a cold beer or a bottle of water are always appreciated on the hottest days but in the “high” season you can count up to 100 tents on the area. Inconceivable in our times, not so much for being there but due to the degradation of the area.
How to get to Diego Hernández beach
Lucky enough access to this beach is not for suitable for everyone, you need to walk a bit. This way you can be assured that the influx of tourists (and locals) is low. In summer you can say that there are quite a few bathers but in winter you will not find more than a handful of people occupying this sandy beach at low tide.
Note our words, at low tide. Because the dimensions of the beach are not so large (25 meters wide). For this reason it is best to visit the beach of Diego Hernández with low tide or at least when it begins. Check this tide chart before preparing your visit to the beach.
Walking to Diego Hernández beach
Walking is the most common way to get to Diego Hernández beach. You can start right from La Caleta (this is a longer way) or from the vicinity of the Golf Costa Adele (a shorter way). This last option is the one we chose as we have our own car to get as close as possible to the beach. This is something we recommend doing on your trip to Tenerife, renting a car will allow you to reach places like these.
We will not go into full details on how to get there or not because with a GPS or with Google Maps you get where you want but it is worth mentioning that the easiest thing is to locate the Costa Adeje Golf and locate Tajore street where you can park. Once you have arrived you will see an elevated walkway that crosses the road, thats the starting point to Diego Hernández beach. Don’t worry, there is no getting lost as the path runs parallel to the golf course.
This path is dead easy. You will find dozens of branch signs which all leads to the same place. Head to the sea and you’ll be taking the easiest way. There is no danger or high difficulty but if you wear tennis shoes it will be better. We went in flip flops and although we arrived well we do not recommend it.
The alternative to go on foot is to hire a boat excursion for whale watching or sailing along the coast of south Tenerife. Some of then anchors in front of the beach so you can take a swim before returning to the port. It is not the ideal thing but if you want to combine several activities in one day then it is the best option. Information and reservations here.
Diego Hernández beach is undoubtedly one of our recommended beaches in Tenerife. If you visit the south of the island and are looking for a place to swim away from the crowds with an easy going atmosphere do not hesitate to pay a visit to Diego Hernández or La Tejita beach. For more info on the best beaches around Tenerife check this post out (just click).
Top tours and attractions in Tenerife
Tenerife has all you may need to enjoy your holidays. Renting a car is a must to get around at your own pace and to discover those hidden gems that booked tours rarely get to show you. Anyhow if you are in a package tour but still want to do some tours by yourself please check this selection ↓
- Whale watching tour from Los Gigantes marina
- La Gomera full day tour
- Mount Teide cable car tickets with audioguide
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