Sun, Beach and Limitless Fun
Playa de Las Américas is one of Tenerife's hottest tourist destinations. It's located on the south of the island, so benefits from sunshine and hot weather (with an average of 25°C) all year round. So, if you're going to Tenerife in search of sunshine and eternally blue skies, then Playa de las Américas is the destination for you.
Tenerife Travel Secret
Although almost completely deserted in the 1960s, the surrounding area (located between the municipalities of Arona and Adeje) has undergone so much development in recent years that it's now difficult to tell where Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos begin and end.
Along with Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas is one of the three most important tourist resorts in the south of Tenerife. There is a vibrant tourist atmosphere and a wider range of hotels to choose from than almost anywhere else in Spain. Thanks to the constant sunshine, the beaches are also usually full of holiday goers looking to get a good tan.
Tenerife Travel Secret Tip
Due to the poorer quality of the water in the south as opposed to in the north, we recommend you only drink bottled water when in Playa de las Américas.
Our suggested route through Playa de las Américas is a little different from our recommendations for some northern towns. Due to its nature as a tourist hotspot, you'll mostly find beaches, hotels and shops surrounded by many pedestrian zones. If you decided to go to Playa de las Américas, it's more than likely that you want to enjoy yourself in the sun on the beach, at the pool or water park.
The beaches are very well maintained and have relatively easy access. After leaving Los Cristianos via the maritime trail, you'll arrive at the beautiful and peaceful Playa El Camisón – which is 120m in length and has golden sand and excellent swimming conditions. If you'd prefer to take to one of the island's best beaches for surfing, then we recommend that you head to Cabezo Grande and el Guincho. Although there isn't much sand and this part of the coast is very rocky, it's the ideal place for surfing.
The natural beaches of Playa de las Américas, Troya I and Troya II, are the perfect beaches for soaking up the sun. There are also many entertainment options on and around the beaches, like the terraces along the promenade where you can bask in the sun whenever you want. Although smaller, Playa de las Cuevitas and El Bobo and their Pacific waters are more peaceful. Heading through the Jurado area, you'll arrive at Puerto Colón where you can book a boat or catamaran trip out to see the dolphins and whales that live just off the coast of Tenerife.
If you fancy doing something else other than relaxing in the sun and listening to the sound of the waves, then there is a wide variety of water sports and leisure activities on offer in Playa de las Américas. Siam Park is without a doubt one of the most popular places, particularly with young people and families. It is one of the best water parks in the world, and you can let loose and get the adrenaline pumping. Additionally, the number of water sports that you can do in Playa de las Américas is immense and the variety caters to everyone's needs: there's water skiing, windsurfing, kite-boarding, scuba diving and many more. If you fancy doing something a bit more laidback and prefer having the ground beneath your feet, then we recommend you visit Golf Las Américas where you can enjoy some great views and the resort's beautiful lakes.
All of the accommodation options that can be found in Playa de las Américas cater to tourists looking to escape city life and enjoy some well-earned peace and quiet surrounded by calm beaches. The larger hotels are usually surrounded by beautiful exotic gardens and have large swimming pools. They're the perfect place to relax, whilst also being great for some family fun.
The Mediterranean Palace and Hotel Europe Villa Cortés are great 5-star hotels, and the latter is very elegant and is right on the Playa de las Américas beach. Gran Oasis Resort is the perfect place for families and Green Garden Resort is great for those who are looking to play a few holes on one of the island's best golfing greens. Hotel Palm Beach Club Tenerife is an apartment complex conveniently located in front of Playa de Troya, and Hotel H10 Conquistador and H10 Las Palmeras, which can be found in front of the maritime walk, both have a modern edge over most of the other hotels in the area. Lastly, Apartamentos Parque Santiago is one of the most popular hotels in the south (so remember to book a room in advance!) It has very comfortable apartments, great facilities and is in a very good location next to the ocean and some of Playa de las Américas' great attractions.
The nightlife is one of the highlights of Playa de las Américas and caters for all age groups. For example, Las Verónicas, Papagayo Beach Club and Monkey Beach Club are both packed with bars, discos, restaurants and shops for both indoor and outdoor entertainment all night long. The drinks and snacks there are also mostly competitively priced when compared with other European countries.
Playa de las Américas is the perfect place to get away from your daily routine and, in winter, the cold. You can get there by renting a car at the South Airport (which is the area's closest airport). Playa de las Américas is a relaxing tourist resort with fun for everyone. You'll definitely find everything you want, and more, for your holiday in the sun in Tenerife.