Playa Benijo - A dark-sanded beach bay in front of green overgrown cliffsPlaya Benijo is one of the more northern beaches of the island which are still accessible. The beach is well signposted and is reachable from Santa Cruz through the Taganana Mountains. The view on the way here is well worth the visit on its own.
On arrival you will already have a good view of the beach from the car park. The abundant plants cover the rocks behind the beach, which can be reached via steep steps. Beware of falling rocks here. The surface is a large area of dark sand with rocky areas mixed in between.
The sea breaks on the protruding rocks causing the waves to pile up on top of each other and makes Playa Benijo a good surfing spot. The conditions are ideal for surfers, especially in winter. In summer the sea is somewhat quieter and the sand area is larger and at this time of year Playa Benijo is a popular excursion destination for holidaymakers and locals. Above the beach there are a couple of rustic restaurants in which you can enjoy the wonderful view and tasty food.