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28O 27.3'N


16O 14.8'W
Marina Atlantico, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Passage Notes

We arrived here in darkness after a 64 hour passage from Madeira. There is a wind acceleration zone off the NE tip of Tenerife - we pencilled it in approximately on the chart (from the diagram in the Atlantic Islands book) and planned our approach to largely avoid it - otherwise reef early and be ready.

The passage from Madeira was straightforward, and will usually be downwind. The Islas Selvagem are almost on the direct track between Funchal and Tenerife, otherwise there are no hazards. Most yachts will probably approach from the East if cruising the Canaries as a prelude to an Atlantic crossing. A night arrival presents no problems.


Straightforward and unmistakeable. There is a lot of commercial traffic coming in and out of Santa Cruz however, often hard to spot against the shore lights at night, so a very good lookout should be kept. We were met and directed to a berth even though it was five o' clock in the morning.


All form filling etc is handled by the marina - no need to visit customs. You will however be charged lights tax and ports tax (see below) - and for this reason alone the marina is worth avoiding.

Facilities and Charges

No security when we were there in Nov 2006, although when we went back three months later the pontoon gates were mostly locked. It is probably worth locking the boat up in any event. The toilet and shower block is a rancid portacabin with the floor under two inches of water. The toilet doors are off their hinges and the main door is open to the car park. These are the worst facilities we have encountered anywhere. There is a new block under construction, but anyone who would hazard a guess as to the completion date would be a brave man.

The Spanish introduced a lights tax in 2006, and visiting yachts are supposed to pay a contribution. Marina Atlantico appears to be the only port that actually collects this, with the result that it will add nearly 20 euros to the cost of your first night's stay. There is also a port tax of some four euros, again not charged by any other harbour or marina we visited.

If you are looking for an alternative then sadly Marina Tenerife had no space at all for visiting yachts in 2007. If you want to visit North Tenerife then we would suggest trying Radazul.


A correspondent has reported that they were there 7-21 December 2007 and the new facilities block was open. It cost (28ft) around 15 Euros per night with no extras so the lghts tax nonsense must have been knocked on the head.


Bus to the airport. Tenerife is a mecca for cheap flights from the UK, both from London and from many provincial airports. Most flights are from Tenerife South however, so it is a longish bus ride or an expensice taxi.

Various internet cafes - note that not all will let you plug a USB flash drive (pen drive) in, so it is worth asking first if you have files to upload.

Things to Do

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a very modern city of a quarter of a million people and is the administrative capital of the Western Canaries. Plenty to see, eateries and drinkeries, and [probably) a lot of culture if you have time to explore properly. Carnival in Santa Cruz is the second biggest in the world after Rio.

For a detailed account of Fairwinds' time in Tenerife see HERE and HERE