Palmeiras Beach

Santa Cruz Beach showing a coastal town and a pebble beach
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The beach fronting Santa Cruz features sheltered ocean swimming, relaxing seawater pools, a fun-filled water park and magnificent views of the Desertas Islands.

Santa Cruz Beach is the main beach area of Madeira’s second-largest municipality, and is comprised of the Ribeira da Boaventura bathing complex, a water park and the ocean beaches of Praia de Sao Fernando and Praia das Palmeiras. Relax on a scenic pebbly beach or explore the wild rides and swimming pools of the aquatic theme park. Stroll along the esplanade and watch planes flying in to land at the nearby Madeira International Airport.

Explore the scenic coastline of Santa Cruz with a leisurely walk along the beach’s esplanade. Stop by the bathing complex, which features sundecks, two seawater swimming pools and ocean access. Relax in the safe, clean waters or sunbathe on a deckchair. Walk down to the sheltered bay, Praia de Sao Fernando, located between the bathing complex and the marina area. Swim in the ocean waters or walk out along the beach’s scenic jetty. The pebbly beach also has a foreshore children’s play area and dining precinct.

Aquaparque offers safe pools and fun-filled water playgrounds for kids to discover. It is the only aquatic amusement park on the island and has two main swimming pools and a lazy river, as well as several waterslides. One of the pools has play equipment for younger children and the other provides a relaxing space for adults. Stop by the park’s restaurant for a meal or visit the bar to enjoy a drink with Santa Cruz coastal views.

To the east of the beach you’ll see a promontory surrounded by picturesque arcades. Watch airplanes coming in to land on the narrow strip above the beach. Rent a Jet Ski or boat and explore the pretty bay, taking in views of the Desertas Islands.

Santa Cruz Beach is located directly below the Madeira’s international airport. Restrooms and parking are available at the beach. The bathing complexes charge an admission fee but the beach is free to enter. Praia de Sao Fernando, Praia das Palmeiras, Ribeira da Boaventura and Aquaparque have lifeguards on patrol during summer. Several resorts and hotels are dotted around the rugged and beautiful coastline of southern Madeira.

Top Trending Hotels Near Palmeiras Beach

Hotel Solar do Bom Jesus
Hotel Solar do Bom Jesus
4 out of 5
Estrada da Ribeira, 4, Santa Cruz, 9100-169
The price is €63 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Popular attractions Palmeiras Beach and Santo da Serra ...
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"Nice quiet room. Helpful and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2022

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Vila Galé Santa Cruz
Vila Galé Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
Rua de Sao Fernando, 5, Santa Cruz, 9100-157
The price is €177 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
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Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel
Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
22 Rua da Praia, Santa Cruz, 9100-015
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Santa Cruz. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy rooms in their ...
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"On the night of our arrival for a one-night stay the hotel was closed for refurbishment. We had not been told in advance, and had a frantic search for alternative accommodation. The Boutique Hotel has to date not replied to our e-mail, so we are currently out of pocket."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2019

Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel
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Hotel Solar do Bom Jesus
Hotel Solar do Bom Jesus
4 out of 5
Estrada da Ribeira, 4, Santa Cruz, 9100-169
The price is €63 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
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Vila Galé Santa Cruz
Vila Galé Santa Cruz
4 out of 5
Rua de Sao Fernando, 5, Santa Cruz, 9100-157
The price is €177 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel
Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
22 Rua da Praia, Santa Cruz, 9100-015
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Residencial Santo António
Residencial Santo António
3 out of 5
Rua Cónego Alfredo César Oliveira, Camacha, Santa Cruz, 9100-153
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Lobo Marinho by An Island Apart
Lobo Marinho by An Island Apart
3 out of 5
Rua da Calcada, 1-2L, Santa Cruz, 9100181
The price is €372 per night from 19 Jul to 20 Jul
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Santa Cruz Village Hotel
Santa Cruz Village Hotel
4 out of 5
Rua do Bom Jesus, n°22, Santa Cruz, 9100-152
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Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
5 out of 5
Quinta Dr. Americo Durao, Sitio Da Terca, Santa Cruz, 9100-187
The price is €295 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
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Villas Madalena
Villas Madalena
3 out of 5
Estrada de Santa Catarina, 29, Sitio do Cano, Santa Cruz, Madeira, 9100-101
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Hotel Apartamentos Baia Brava
Hotel Apartamentos Baia Brava
3 out of 5
ESTRADA PADRE ALFREDO VIEIRA FREITAS -, GAULA, 277, Santa Cruz, Madeira Region, 9100-079
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