A Complete Guide to Playa del Socorro:
Web Cam & Surf Guide
Playa del Socorro is a picturesque beach located on the Northwest coast of the island of Tenerife. It lies only eight kilometers from the idyllic Tinerfenian town of Puerto de la Cruz.
Playa del Socorro’s mild climate and striking waves attract sunbathers and surfers all year around.
This natural beach in the region of Los Realejos is also known for its volcanic black sand and rugged landscapes. Don’t forget to bring your flip flops – the gleaming sand gets sizzling hot!
Web Cam Playa del Socorro in real time
The beach offers plenty of variety in temperature and wave-size, depending on the time of the year. The beach has two seasons, summer and winter. Summer in El Socorro stretches from May to September and winter from October to April.
Between May and September, the beach bathes in heat and the sea is calmer. The rest of the year the climate is cooler and the sea gets uneasy occasionally.
Playa del Socorro is labelled with a blue flag, which guarantees clean quality of water and certain facilities. There’s a lifeguard and rescue services, toilets (Bar El Socorro), showers, parking and Doña Carmen’s kiosk. Their hamburgers and french fries with mustard are to die for!
The Weather at Playa del Socorro
If you’re after some hot rays of sun and mellow waves, the time to visit Playa del Socorro is the summer season. Once the sandbanks find their place after winter, the beach is suitable for easy going swimming. Temperatures may rise over 30 degrees Celsius in air and range around 23-25 degrees in water.
The best way of seeing if the weather is good and the waves are pumping is still taking a look at the Web Cam of el Socorro.
During the winter season the temperature drops five to ten degrees. The sea is quite a bit rougher and the water few degrees colder. The sandbanks move again and the beach faces some decent swells. Surf wise this firing beach break works best with Northwest swells.
For a sunbather Playa del Socorro is ideal in winter too, because there’s plenty of sun and less crowds. Swimming can be slightly challenging since there are some tricky rip currents. It’s only permitted with suitable weather conditions.
When talking about the weather in Playa del Socorro, there’s a peculiar phenomenon that plays a significant role in the local climate. It’s called mar de nubes – sea of clouds – and it usually overcasts the sky in the afternoon. It’s caused by the trade winds blowing from the North and pushing the air towards the mountains. This creates a mass of clouds that normally shadows the beach at 500-1000 meters altitude. In the summer the effect increases.
Example of mar de nubes
To gear up for your surf or beach session, head to in Puerto de la Cruz first. If you’re looking for a new bikini or flip flop, wetsuit or a surf board to rent – you’ll find it all there!
How to get to Playa del Socorro
The surf shop is located in Avenida Familia de Betancourt y Molina in Puerto de la Cruz. Drive down the street until you reach Playa Martianez and head to Avenida de Cristobal Colón. Continue uphill through the tunnel and follow the TF-31 until you get to Autopista TF-5. Turn right and merge to TF-5. Follow the signs to Icod until you find the exit on the right to Playa del Socorro. Take the exit, then turn left twice, drive down and you’ve reached your destination.
Take care when taking the last curve to the beach. On your left, you’ll find Bar El Socorro with the toilets. The parking stretches along the beachfront all the way up to the first junction on the hill. Take your pick, but keep in mind the parking can get crowded. The sooner you arrive, the better, to make sure you find a spot! This beach is especially popular in summer and on the weekends as it attracts more crowds to enjoy the sun and surf.
The beach itself is about 230 meters long and is one of the disabled-friendly beaches on the island. This means it’s accessible with a wheelchair. The width of the beach varies according to the tides and the season. There’s more space to play within summer and when it’s low tide.
Getting to playa del socorro by car
Other ways of getting to Playa del Socorro
In case you don’t have a car, the beach is also reachable with local transport. The Bus 363 runs every day from the main bus station in Puerto de la Cruz to Playa del Socorro in approximately 25 minutes. It stops on the TF-5 Highway and from there on the route continues on foot.
In the summertime, there’s another bus 546 which drives from Los Realejos all the way down to the beachfront. Check the timetables of the buses on official website.
The best way to enjoy the scenery is getting there on foot. There’s a lovely path called Sendero del Agua that starts officially from Toscal in Los Realejos. The trail leads first to another beautiful beach, Playa de Los Roques and to a protected landscape, Paisaje Protegido de la Rambla de Castro. It winds through luscious nature with palm groves, Canarian spurges and dragon trees. The views are truly worth the hike. The path is about five kilometers long and considered easy.
Madre del agua hike
The Surf at Playa del Socorro
As mentioned, the wave offers a good deal of variety. It’s glassy, clean, choppy – let’s just say it’s never the same. And at it’s best, it’s firing!
Playa del Socorro is a beach break with a swell size ranging between 1-12 feet (0,3-3,7 meters). It’s fairly consistent and works throughout the year. It can hold up to over a meter in size, but when there’s a bigger swell, it’s no longer surfable. The wave is going off with a swell angle from West to North and offshore winds blowing from Southeast.
Playa del socorro on a good day
Playa del socorro on a bad day
In summer, the spot can be surfed with a boardshort, a shortie or a longer 2/2 mm wetsuit. In winter you’ll need a long 3/2 mm wetsuit to keep warm. From Quivers Surf HX you’ll get the one that suits you best.
The spot has several peaks, which offer left and right handers. There are mostly two peaks pumping, one on the right and one on the left. When the tide is rising, there’s a hollower wave closer to the shore which might build up a tube. The spot can be surfed with any tide, but with a mid-tide you’re probably going to enjoy the session more.
Entering the water can be a bit of a challenge though. Whether you’re an experienced surfer or a rookie the paddle out might be gruelling due to rip currents and moving sandbanks. Take your time to study the sea before entering and check where the other surfers go in. If you have any doubts, talk to a local or have a chat with the lifeguards.
Be mindful to respect the sea, the locals and especially your own limits when surfing the spot.
What is the Surf Etiquette?
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The surf etiquette is a basic code of conduct for all the surfers worldwide including Socorro. It guides us to stay safe and sound, respect others and keep up the good vibes in the water. Following these guidelines will help you to improve as a surfer and get along better with your fellow surfers.
1. Know your own limits
As a surfer it’s important to be aware of your own limits and not to exceed them. If you’re a beginner, take a surf course and practise with a qualified surf coach before heading in. Pick the spot according your level and enter with an experienced friend or someone who knows the spot.
2. Wait for your wave
Wait for your turn to surf and don’t drop in on others. Dropping in means to catch a wave when there’s someone already surfing it. It’s as if you’d be stealing the wave from the other surfer and causing a dangerous situation. However if that happens, don’t hesitate to apologize. Respect the locals and remember that the first one on the peak, has priority. In general the surfer closest to the peak and with the longest potential ride, has the right of way.
3. Avoid snaking
Snaking means to paddle around a fellow surfer to get inside or closer to the peak to catch the wave first. It not only spoils the wave for the one, who had priority, but creates crappy vibes in the water. It’s considered bad manners.
4. Paddle around the impact zone
When you’re paddling back to the line up where the waves are breaking, don’t paddle through the peak. Find the channel or the spot where people aren’t surfing and try not to get in the way of other surfers.
5. Hang on to your board
Always wear a leach and try not to ditch your board – especially if the spot is crowded. Throwing your board might harm someone and cause an unnecessary hazard. When a wall of water or a set is coming your way, duck dive under it or turn your board upside down to do the turtle roll.
Do’s and don’ts
- if you want to have a taste of Doña Carmen’s delicious burgers, bring cash – they don’t accept cards no matter how hard you try
- don’t forget your flip flop – barefoot the black sand might roast your feet and force you to sprint to cool off
- if you don’t want to look like a crab at the end to the day, pack sun lotion – take it out of your back pack, use it and add another layer every now and then!
- use the sunscreen even if the “sea of clouds” would take over the sky – the rays of sun will burn the skin just as well through the clouds
- bring a sun shade or an umbrella to have a bit of shadow from the heat
- leave your dogs and cats at home – unfortunately they are not welcome at the beach
- respect the official restrictions and regulations – listen to the lifeguards and don’t try to fight the them, they are strong
- for your own safety check the flag colour before dipping in the sea – only bathe in the area indicated for swimming
- if you get in trouble in the sea, lift your hand up briskly to alert the lifeguards
- if you get stuck in a rip current, don’t swim against it, go around it – catch a wave with your body to get back to the beach
- don’t camp on the beach – the police might find you and give you a sweet fine
- pick up your trash and chuck it to the waste containers next to Doña Carmen’s – remember to keep the beach clean!