Tenerife has a good selection of Marinas and
services. The island has grown up around its tourism
Tenerife is the largest of the islands, with an area of
2050km² and is situated between Gran
Canaria and La Gomera. At a height of 3717m,
the volcanic mountain of El Teide, is Spain's highest point
and it's often snow capped peak is visible at up to a range
This is just one of range of mountains that stretch in an
east-west direction across the middle of the island and is
the reason for a dramatic climate difference between the
north and south of the island. The northerly trade winds
carry moisture up the north face of the range which results
in high rainfall and a humid temperate climate. To the south
of the mountain range the climate is dryer and hotter.
The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz which lies in the
north of the island along with two other large towns Puerto
de la Cruz, the first commercial port on the island and La
Laguna which was the old capital dating back to the 16th
Known as the Island of Eternal Spring, temperatures on the
island are mild enough for agreeable weather all year round
- however it is not unusual to see snow-covered hills off in
the distance during t-shirt weather! Santa Cruz is the
administrative capital of the Canary Islands, and has a wide
range of attractions, events and nightlife which bring
tourists from all over the world; principally Germany and
Britain are two of the biggest countries whose residents
visit the island for holidaymaking.
Each year the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place on the capital's streets; such is its cultural importance as a seat of identity that it is currently seeking to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parades, performances and shows take place in and around the city streets attracting many visitors. While all this much-vaunted culture takes place up north, the south of the island is given over to resorts such as Playa de las Americas which are famous for their high-quality beaches and accommodation, though the island does afford travel between both areas enabling visitors to get the best of both worlds. The Tenerife Auditorium is a beautiful venue still used today for concerts of both classic and popular music, while the architecture and sculptures can be enjoyed all over the island.Sports fans can take in a game of football at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez located in Santa Cruz.
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The north easterly trade winds dominate the weather pattern, however, wind acceleration zones do affect this. The trade winds are most dominant during the spring and summer, with the strongest being in July. The northerly islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which are a mere 60 miles from the African coast, tend also to be hit by the southeasterly Sirocco, this creates confused conditions (for short periods).
Tenerife Sur Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto
de Tenerife Sur) (IATA: TFS, ICAO: GCTS), previously known as
Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, is the larger of the two
international airports located on the island of Tenerife (the
other being Tenerife North Airport) and the second busiest in
the Canary Islands.
Overseas Supermarkets are stockists of both Waitrose and Iceland products, it's also where you'll find teabags and all those goodies from home.
YOU WILL FIND THEM IN: Costa Adeje, Las Chafiras and Los Cristianos.
Located in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this port has nine pontoons for different boat lengths from 6-16 metres with a total capacity of 220 boats.
Las Galletas marina is an ideal day sail destination or stop
over on longer passages and more marina berths have been
added to deal with cruising yachts wanting to stay for any
length of time, the anchorage is full with liveaboards. The
village is backed by holiday developments but the area towards
the north is largely unspoilt.
Road communications are good and there is a car hire firm in
the town. The airport, Reina Sofia, (Tenerife South) is about
10km away to the northeast.
This is a small fishing harbor which offers good protection
for vessels to anchor or berth. The anchorage within the
breakwater is usually full but space maybe found further west,
though protection would be a lot worse. Holding is good over
sand, but closer in the bottom turns stony. Choose your spot
to anchor carefully so as not to interfere with the many
tourist boats, ferries and fishing vessels. There is a small
concrete pier in the southeast corner of the harbor, but this
is usually full with local small craft and fishing boats.
The harbour lies between Punta Rasca and the white apartment blocks of Costa del Silencio. When approaching from the east keep about 0.5M off so as to avoid a reef that stretches from the southeast corner of the breakwater. Otherwise the approach and entry is straightforward as long as you do not stray too far to port when rounding the end of the breakwater where a spit of rock that juts out just in front of a restaurant.
Very well located near the island's capital and both airports.
you'll be able to get most services here, and provision well for
an Atlantic crossing.
Puerto Radazul marina is situated at the base of a cliff which
has a zigzag road that leads down the marina. This is a
purpose-built private marina mainly for local residents rented
on a long term basis leaving only a few berths for visiting
There is little here apart from facilities to provide for the
residents daily needs. With the capital of Tenerife, Santa
Cruz, just 9km away this is where everything can be found
for both the resident and the yachtsman.
The westerly facing entrance is quite narrow but straightforward. Round the breakwater tightly to avoid drifting over towards the inner breakwater or the coast but keep a close watch for vessels departing. The reception berth is on the port side by the fuel pumps.
This harbor offers all visitors a good basic service, such as
fresh water, electricity and fuel, but also special and
personalized service. This port provides piers with moderate
capacity for boats up to 12 meters. The sports activities at
this resort are also available to visitors.
Candelaria is an old picturesque town as yet mostly unaffected
by tourism, though popular with local visitors. Many people come
to the town to visit the church as it is a place of pilgrimage
to the shrine of Our Lady of Candelaria, Patroness of the
Canaries. If you looking for fast, loud nightlife then this is
not the place for you, but if you enjoy a quiet drink and a meal
while watching the local fishing boats come home then this
marina is a great overnight stop.
The harbour is still very much a working port for the local
fishing fleet, and room in the marina is limited for visiting
yachts, though space can sometimes be found along the harbor
wall or by rafting up alongside a fishing boat.
Fuel can only be purchased by can from the filling station in the town. All other facilities one would expect in a modern marina are limited.
The company ́Nautica Guimar ́ (port Guimar) was founded in 2003 and specializes in maritime services.
The golf course appears to be perfectly combined with the
harbor and at the same time with the awsome views of the Teide
mountain range. The privileged location and climate will keep
you here longer than you may have first thought about. Thanks to
this and the infrastructure available, the harbor is ideal for
preparation and provisioning for an Atlantic passage.
Work started on San Miguel marina in the early 90's along
with several golf courses and a large residential and tourist
area. However during the construction of the breakwater work was
delayed several times when gales caused damage. The breakwater
is now complete and substantially reinforced, with facilities
slowly starting to move into the marina.
On rounding the seaward breakwater keep to starboard as depths inshore shallow in places and rocky outcrops break the surface. At the time of writing there is line of yellow floats marking the limit a yacht may close the shore. Only two of the planned eight marina pontoons are in place plus one pontoon running along the length of the seaward breakwater. The reception berth and fuel berth are immediately to starboard upon entering the harbor, temporarily moor here and visit the harbor office in the tower for berthing instructions
Marina del Sur, possibly the most charming port in Tenerife, surrounded by beaches and coves with the Volcano Teide looking down on it. This is a modern port with a traditional fishing village (Las Galletas).
You are going to see a lot of passenger ships here due to the
connections to the ports of Puerto de San Sebastián de La
Gomera, La Estaca on the island of El Hierro and Santa Cruz de
La Palma. it can be very difficult in the harbor due to all the
shipping, but there is a zone for anchorage.
Los Cristianos used to be a popular departure point for
Atlantic crossings until in the early 90's when the harbor was
closed to visiting yachts. Now the situation is unclear as
yachts are allowed to enter and wait for repairs or lifting at
the boat yard, but usually a few dozen could be anchored or on
moorings not, seemingly, making use of the boatyard facilities.
(This relaxed attitude by officials could change suddenly
though). Anchorage is permitted outside of the port.
The island has many yacht charter companies and chartering a
boat is a popular holiday.
The inner part of the harbor is used by local craft and
visiting yachts are instructed to anchor in the southeast part
of the harbor where the protection and holding is poorest. Be
aware of wash from the ferries. Holding is variable over rock
with sand patches. There is at present no charge for
Two anchorages are designated outside the port one to the
southeast of the starboard hand buoy and another just off
about halfway along the main breakwater.
The approach is without hazards as long as you aim to pass
between the end of the breakwater and the starboard hand buoy
to the southeast. Further to the southeast are several marine
farms which are best given a wide berth. As mentioned above
visiting yachts are discouraged unless making use of the
repair and lift facilities. All berths and moorings are
usually taken up by local craft. A line of yellow buoys and
floats marks the limit for vessels to protect the beaches and
The Marina and harbor office is situated on the first floor of the passenger terminal building on the breakwater.
This is a small fishing village, where sometimes a few yachts pass by. It was a large harbor, which was destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 1805. This port is new, so it is not yet recorded on many maps/charts. Take care of the rock (half lying in the water) at the entrance of the harbor. A rocky island “el roque de Garachico” towards the north-east coast of the harbor is a good landmark.
This is a pure sports harbor in the center of the tourist
resort of Playa de las Américas. You will find virtually
everything that you will need here.
Puerto Colon marina is situated right in the middle of the
busy tourist town of Playa de las Americas. With its many bars,
clubs, restaurants and shops this marina has everything the
visiting yachtsman could want except space!
It would be as well to call ahead to enquire about free
berths.This port would make an ideal crew change destination
with the proximity of the international airport and the numerous
hotels and apartments.
Keep well offshore until the marina and the entrance can be identified to avoid reefs and man-made lagoons for the tourists. The Marina is situated close to the northern end of Playa de las Americas and about 2M north of Los Cristianos. Approach the entrance at 90 degrees to the coast and there are no dangers but be careful of Jet skis, pedalo's, swimmers etc.
You will find Los Gigantes in the south west of the island, it
is one of the best towns on the island. Also characterized by
having the best weather of the island.
Puerto Los Gigantes is a privately run marina on the southwest
coast of Tenerife. The marina takes its name from the giant
cliffs, Los Gigantes, which rise hundreds of feet above the
sea and are home to the many sea birds including sea eagles. The
port was created for the residents and most of the berths are
owned privately but about 20 percent are reserved for short term
visitors though in practice there is often little room for the
visiting yacht especially in the busy autumn period.
The town is easily identifiable as it rises steeply above
the marina which is situated at the southern end of the
spectacular giant cliffs of Los Gigantes. The harbor entrance
is a "dogleg" at the northern end of the breakwater and the
entrance is tight especially for larger vessels. There is a
speed limit of 2 knots on approach and within the harbour.
Call the marina office on VHF9 while still offshore to check
on conditions at the entrance.
The approach to the entrance is dangerous especially for the
first time visitor in anything but perfect conditions. This is
particularly true in strong southerly winds, or when a ground
swell is running from the north, northwest or west. These
conditions can produce breaking waves on approach which are
difficult to see. (Especially first thing in the morning when
a shadow is thrown by the cliffs across the entrance). Keep a
careful eye on the echo sounder, and if in any doubt do not
attempt to enter. The entrance is liable to silting and at low
water the depth can be as little as 2m.
Ships papers and crew passports should be presented at the marina office. Office hours are 0800 - 2100 daily.
When provisioning a boat for a long (or even short) passage, knowing where to shop saves a lot of time, energy and frustration. Every town and village is served by some sort of shop or supermarket. Most of the 'big' names (Hiperdino, Mercadona) will deliver to a marina. Ask for 'Servicio Muelle Deportivo', before your items go through the check out. This allows the checkout assistant to arrange packaging and labeling. Do not think that you can go and buy all your provisions at 7pm, and expect them to be delivered that evening, they might not turn up until the next morning, which, if you are intending upon leaving first thing could be a bit annoying! Check out our provisioning list here.
Lanzarote has many good supermarkets, however, the big names (Spar / Hiperdino) are clustered in the south. Further north of Arrecife has many very good supermarkets, especially mercadona, however, note that they charge for delivery unlike Hiperdino. If provisioning for Isla Graciosa it is advised to stock up first. Isla Graciosa does have three supermarkets and a green grocers, but be aware that the choice can be limited, prices higher and sometimes not as fresh as the shops on Lanzarote. Click here for Spar's locations and opening hours.
The Canary Islands, the same as many other southern European countries have cockroaches. Try not to tread on them, no, this is not out of any affection for them, quite the opposite. The critter will immediately expel its 'sack' of eggs! Try not to take any cardboard onto your boat (cockroaches love nothing better than to lay their eggs in cardboard), and think about removing your shoes before jumping on-board.
If you do get a roach or two, or even an infestation, DON'T PANIC! There are many traps, sprays and formulas on the market. Check out our page on cockroach and insect infestation. Please note that a lot of the sprays are harmful not just to the cockroaches themselves, but also small children, the sick and any pets that you may have. If you do find one or two and are looking for a good spray or powder, try: BAYGON.
Not everyone has the time or inclination to sail to the Canary Islands or further afield. Finding a knowledgeable, qualified and experienced delivery skipper/crew can be time consuming and frustrating, choose the wrong one and you will regret it. Beware of the numerous adverts for skippers and/or crew - you don't know who you are getting. People often exaggerate their experience/qualifications and it really is up to your common sense to weed out the wannabe's. There are numerous reputable delivery companies on the internet, prices vary, but on the whole are not cheap. A good ocean skipper should have an RYA Ocean Master qualification or similar (and be able to prove it).
If you are crew seeking a boat there is nothing more annoying to a yacht skipper than the constant requests for 'a ride' to the Caribbean. A happy smile followed by 'Is there anything I can do to help', goes down far better than 'Oi, are you going to the Caribbean'.
No one wants to get ill, or even think about getting ill,
but should the worst happen, or you simply need to replace a
prescription then knowing where to go could be a life
saver. IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY DIAL 112 if you
don't speak Spanish, don't worry, you will be put through to
an operator who speaks either your language or English.
Spanish state hospitals are on the whole very good, the
standard of care puts a lot of other 'European' healthcare
systems to shame. Supplementing the state health system
are numerous private clinics. The main hospital is in
Arricefe, it has high standards, and a good intensive care
unit. However, should you need further treatment, or
your condition requires it, you might be flown by helicopter
to Las Palmas. Check out our
Las Palmas page for information regarding hospitals and
Medications and prescriptions in Spain as a whole are
generally cheaper than other parts of Europe. In some
instances you may be able to buy your medication over the
counter without a prescription, ask the pharmacist, always try
to take the packaging with you to help with clarification.
If you have pets on board knowing where to find a good vet is paramount. As with humans ensure that you have your pet passport with you when you visit, you might also need to take your own passport as well. It is common practice in urban areas to take a small bottle of water with you when walking your dog, a few quirts of water after a dog pees on the pavement really does help. Always clean up after your dog, if you allow your dog to fowl and are caught you will end up with a hefty fine. Large dogs should be muzzled, there is some confusion as to whether small dogs should also be muzzled, which explains why they are rarely seen this way. Noisy dogs in the marina can cause a nuisance to your neighbors, who may even make a complaint to the port authorities.
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