Tenerife, Spain: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Going to Tenerife, Spain for the beautiful beaches? If you're planning to go to Tenerife, we have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Tenerife, Spain

Based on the climate and weather in Tenerife, the best time to go is August. However, this is also the peak of the tourist season, so exect huge crowds.

If you go in the shoulder season (April-May or September-October), you will still experience good weather, but with fewer crowds. Or you can go in February/March for the Carnival of Santa Cruz.

Also, note that the climate depends on where in the island you plan to go. The south has great beach weather nearly all year, but the north can be cooler and have more weather changes.

Important essentials for Tenerife, Spain

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Tenerife, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Tenerife, Spain

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Tenerife.

If you plan to do more than lounge on the beach, you're likely to see El Teide, the active volcano which is a UNESCO heritage site. There are also other volcanoes amidst the beautiful national parks in Tenerife. Going to these requires lots of walking and trekking. Bring these:


  • Small portable cooler

    Pack food and drinks in this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of mountain/forest trekking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these for seeing the volcano and the wildlife

The island is very religious, so if you do end up going to a religious festival or event, wear appropriate clothing. Some options are

Also check out these can't-miss tours:


  • Whale and dolphin watching tours

    Tenerife has some amazing whale and dolphin watching. Small boats run private tours, giving you lifetime memories.

    Check out the tour options


  • Teide National Park and the volcanoes

    You don't need a guide to enjoy the national park, but setting up a tour makes it easier to get transportation there. That said, there are some great night tours for stargazers that are worth the cost.

    Check out the tour options


  • Paragliding

    If you're not afraid of heights, and you want a true adventure, you may want to try paragliding over Tenerife.

    Check out the details


  • Zipline and ropes adventure

    Here's another option for the adrenaline junkie. Experience an amazing ropes and zip line course in Tenerife.

    Check out the tour options


  • Learn SCUBA diving

    Want to learn SCUBA diving? Here's the place to do it, in the georgeous waters of Tenerife.

    Check out the details

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Tenerife, Spain by month

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January

January in Tenerife is balmy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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February

If you visit Tenerife during February, you are likely to notice that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. Depending on the year, you may be in time for the Carnival of Santa Cruz, a giant street carnival with music that spills out into the streets.

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March

March for Tenerife is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes. Depending on the year, you may be able to attend the world-famous Carnival of Santa Cruz. If you're going to the southern beaches, this is a great time to go.

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April

Traveling to Tenerife in April, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. If you're going to the southern beaches, this is a great time to go. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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May

If you visit Tenerife during May, you can enjoy perfect temperatures at the southern beaches with almost no rain. It's very dry during this time, and temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

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June

If you are traveling to Tenerife in June, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C). This is a great time to visit the beaches, as well as go north for the cultural experiences. Corpus Christi generally falls in early June.

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July

Traveling to Tenerife in July, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C). This is a great time to go to the beaches as well as see other attractions on the island.

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August

August here is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. You will have great beach weather; however, the island gets really crowded during this time.

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September

Traveling to Tenerife in September, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C). The crowds tend to disperse, so this is a good time to go if you want to save money.

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October

If you are traveling to Tenerife in October, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (high 20s C).

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November

If you vacation in Tenerife during November, you may notice that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

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December

If you vacation in Tenerife during December, you might notice that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

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