Playa de las Americas Holidays


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Travel Guide

Playa de las Americas (along with Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje) is a purpose built holiday resort in the south of Tenerife. Great for families and party goers, Playa de Las Americas Holidays have something for everyone.

The resort city (split in 3 purely to divide up the local government regions) is mostly made up of beautiful white sand beaches, hotels and restaurants.

Most of what’s interesting to do in Playa de Las Americas can be found along the coastline, including bars with bright flashes of neon declaring their names brighter than the sun and all manner of restaurants serving up everything from Mexican to French. It’s hard to imagine that this few miles of coastline was once home to a handful of sleepy fishing villages.

To get around in Playa de Las Americas, you can either walk or take a taxi - taxi’s are cheap but be sure to guard yourself against scams, as some drivers will try to take advantage by adding surcharges and warning against the use of airport busses - which are actually fine.

Weather in Playa de las Americas

You’ll find that Playa de Las Americas enjoys almost year round sun, with September being the hottest month - with average temperatures of 25°C and highs of more than 30°C.

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Key Facts

Here are some key facts about Playa de las Americas:

  • Approximate flight time from the UK - 4 hours
  • Key resorts - Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos & Costa Adeje
  • Destination Airport - Tenerife South Airport (TFS)
  • Capital - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Currencies - Euro
  • Official Language - Spanish
  • Common Languages - English

Additional Info

There are some 6 sandy beaches to look forward to during your holiday to Playa de Las Americas. They come with a great selection of watersports, including jet-skiing, scuba diving and wind surfing. The main beach is usually the fullest and is lined with a variety of cafe’s and restaurants.

For those in search of waves, head to Playa de Guincho, which is a favourite amongst surfers. Perhaps the most striking feature of the beaches in Playa de Las Americas is the sand, which is desert-white - and for good reason, as the sand was imported during the development of the resort, from the Sahara desert.

As one would expect there are sun loungers for hire, lots of little shops selling parasols and other beach equipment, and the beaches are busy throughout the day - however, if you do prefer a little peace and quiet - you’ll find that the waters are warm enough for an evening swim.

Away from the beach - you can take a boat trip to go Whale watching, or a glass-bottomed boat to get a good overview of the wildlife in the area. If you want something a little more adventurous then take a leisure submarine ride or if you prefer to dive, then there are a few local companies to choose from - some of which offer assisted diving - a bit like a tandem skydive but underwater.

There are a couple of golf courses in the area, as well as lots of day trip options to places such as the beautiful mountainside village of Masca, Los Gigantes and La Gomera in the Canary Islands - you’ll need to take a ferry to reach it. If you’re travelling with the family then you should take a day out at the Aqua Park, where as well as the usual array of water slides and fumes there is a Dolphin show held twice daily.

When it comes to shopping in Playa de Las Americas - be weary of the touristy shops that are often selling cheap cameras and other electronic equipment dressed up as bargains.

The restaurant scene, though colourful, generally only offers a generic mix of burgers, pizza, chips and the like. However, there are a few good spots if you don’t mind paying a little extra - such as Crawfords in Costa Adeje and El Patio at the Hotel Jardin Tropical - both of which have excellent beachfront locations, and while Crawfords is quite eclectic, El Patio specialises in seafood.

Nightlife in Playa de Las Americas is lively and on par with other resorts in the region. The most pleasant bars can be found on the beachfront - mostly cocktail bars aimed at more discerning clientele - the only drawback being the prices, which can be quite expensive - though the ambience is worth it. If you want something more upbeat then head into the centre of town and follow the music.