Isle of Tenerife

Vacation in Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

Playa Las Americas is the perfect place for partygoers

Playa de las Américas, together with its next-door neighbour Los Cristianos, became a tourist mecca back in the 1960s and 70s and remains the most popular tourist destination on the island.

The seven golden-sand beaches are the big draw, allied to an international atmosphere that caters for the tastes of all northern Europeans in search of two weeks of sun and sangria.

Here you will find scores of cafes selling the traditional English breakfast and fish and chips, together with dozens of English pubs and discos, where the lager flows well into the early hours.

In between the partying, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy - young or old. You can try your hand at most water sports, including paragliding, jet skiing and scuba diving.

For the less active, Playa de las Américas offers plenty of opportunities for some serious retail therapy, with a good choice of shops from department stores to designer boutiques, as well as the usual duty free favourites such as cigarettes, wines and spirits, electrical goods and leather fashion items and accessories.

Tenerife's favoured duty-free island status means there are plenty of bargains to be had, though it's worth bearing in mind that there are restrictions on what you can take back to the UK, Ireland and the rest of the EU countries.

Sport and leisure in Playa de las Américas

The nearby port of Puerto Colón offers a wide range of boat trips, including catamarans and two-masted sailing boats. Other trips runs to the massive sea cliffs at Los Gigantes. The more adventurous can rent their own motor boat or small yacht.

Golf Las Americas is an 18-hole par-72 course measuring just over 6,600 yards off the white tees. Located midway between Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, it offers some spectacular views towards the mountains.

The nine-hole course at Los Palos is just five minutes from Playa de las Américas. Opened in December 1994, the course was designed by José María Olazábal´s Integral Golf Design company.

The 27-hole course at Costa Adeje is one of the best known on the island, having staged PGA tour events such as the Spanish Open in 2003 and the BMW International in 1999.

In nearby Torviscas Bajo is one of Tenerife's newest attractions. Sky Park is a small waterpark with flumes and terraces and white knuckle bungee rides. These include a 60-metre purpose-built bungee tower, and a couple of bungee scad ejector swings. A free bus operates throughout the day from Playa de las Américas.
Daily 9.30am-8pm, Calle Castilla

A sightseeing tour with a difference, a relaxed meander around the streets of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos. An opportunity to get to know the geography of the two resorts.
Daily 10am-11pm, departure: Avenida Rafael Puig Livina/Avenida Santiago Puig.

In and around Playa de las Américas

Camel Park
A free bus service runs between Playa de las Américas and the Camel Park, where the unsuspecting can disover exactly why camels are called 'ships of the desert'. Anyone who's ridden one will understand! Great for the kids. You can round off the trip with mint tea or an Arab meal.
Daily 10am-7pm

AquaPark Octopus
The AquaPark Octopus water park (10am-6pm daily) is one the most popular attractions in the south of the island, with its water slides, tubes, pools, diving boards and dolphins shows. The park enforces high standards of safety and on-site facilities include restaurants and changing rooms.

Parque Las Aguilas
Just three or four miles from Playa de las Américas, Parque Las Aguilas (park of the eagles) is one of Tenerife's best known attractions. Its vast tropical gardens contain a huge array of wildlife, with specimens ranging from a pygmy hippo to a magnificent white tiger. Other exotic species include orang-utans, red pandas crocodiles, penguins, and a large number of birds of prey, which combine to stage a spectacular flying display that features bald eagles, condor and an eagle owl. It's a show not to be missed.

Cactus and Animal Park
Gardens specialising in plants from desert and other arid parts of the world. The inhabitants of the animal park are from similar regions, such as terrapins and marmosets. An Amazonia tropical rain forest area incorporates humming birds, parrots and many other exotic species. Open daily from 10am-6pm. A free bus service to the park runs from Los Cristianos.

Jardines del Atlantico
Free buses run from Playa de las Américas to nearby Busanada where the Jardines del Atlantico provide an excellent day out for the whole family. Included amongst the many tropical plants and trees is a model that explains why the island has a plentiful water supply.

Karting Club Tenerife
Five miles from Playa de las Américas, the karting club has five different models of karts for children to experience on three different circuits. There's a viewing terrace for mums and dads to watch the events. Afterwards the budding young Jensen Buttons can test their nerve with scalextric and a vriety of other competitions.

Restaurants in Playa de las Américas

El Molino Blanco
An old windmill in the garden, thick timber beams inside and several small terraces make up the rustic charm of this restaurant. The menu features many typical Canarian dishes.
Open daily

El Patio
International cuisine is served on the patio of the Jardin Tropical hotel. Open daily, Calle Gran Bretaña

Language school in Los Cristianos

A modern language school in Los Cristianos offers an education vacation with a wide range of choices, including intensive, long-term and senior courses. Private tuition is also available for beginners as well as those who wish to improve their knowledge of the Spanish language.