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RADAZUL, TENERIFE

16O 19.4'W
Radazul, Tenerife
Introduction

This private marina is situated about five miles South of Santa Cruz and makes a good base for visiting the city if you want to avoid the extortionate charges and poor facilities of Marina Atlantico. Probably best to phone first to check availability, as berths for visiting yachts are scarce. (Feliciano, 922

Radazul is not in a wind acceleration zone and as you close the shore the swell may diminish. The exception is in a SW or W wind, which is accelerated over the hills to the W of Radazul and which then blows almost directly into the marina, raising a small chop but presenting no real difficulties. Approach from the N presents no difficulties. Radazul is easily recognised from the sea by the line of tall apartment blocks rising diagonally up the cliffs behind the marina.

Entrance

The entrance is W-facing and very narrow. There is a swimming area marked by yellow buoys off the beach to port as you enter. If approaching at night the green light shown in the pilot book may not be visible until you actually round the end of the breakwater - do not rely on picking it out from seaward. If arriving in office hours then I suggest hanging around hopefully near the entrance, where the office is situated on the end of the breakwater. If arriving outwith office hours then there may be nowhere obvious to moor temporarily and you will have to use your initiative. The pilot suggests alongside the breakwater just inside the entrance, but when we were there it was full with boats that did not look like short term visitors.

Formalities

Very straightforward, we were allowed to fill in the form ourselves, which always makes life simpler.

Facilities and Charges

No pontoon gates, but a night security guard - the risk factor feels very low. Water and electricity on the pontoons included in the cost. There are three toilet 'blocks' with one shower in each - one beside the marina office and two on the wall along the outer breakwater. The suoerior condition of the ones along the far side merits the extra walk. There are three bar/restaurants on site offering typical Canarian fare at reasonable prices. There is a Hyperdino supermarket at the top of the (steep!) hill. Reasonably priced - we were charged 12 Euros a night for Fairwinds (8.24m x 2.4m) in Feb 2007

Communications

Regular buses into Santa Cruz from the marina gate - E1.25 one way. Last bus back leaves Santa Cruz at 21.40 (but check for changes . . .)

Things to Do

Go into Santa Cruz for a big city buzz, or hire a car and explore this large and varied island - or just chill out in this very quiet and pleasant spot, much nicer than the first high rise impression might suggest.

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