Playa de las Americas

Your guide to Playa de las Americas in Tenerife. Insider information from people who live there.

The resort of Playa de las Americas in Tenerife was created out of the desert around 30 odd years ago, in response to the enormous amount of people arriving on the island due to mass tourism in the 1960s/1970s. Playa de Las Americas had one big advantage over most of its competition - its weather!.

Due to its position in the south of the island the resort gets an enormous amount of sunshine around - 320 days a year and even in December its not uncommon for temperatures to reach 80 degrees.

Playa de las Americas as a resort has everything you either love or loathe about a holiday in the sun. It's noisy, busy, the nightlife sometimes rowdy. However, its important that you realise there are many different aspects to Playa de las Americas not just the tacky one portrayed on television.

Certainly if you are looking for nightlife in the Tenerife, you will find no better place. Most of the nightlife is based around a small area in central Las Americas. There you will find a number of well known fast food restaurants - Pizza Hut, KFC, Burger King, McDonalds and the two main commercial centres - Veronicas and Starcos.

Both house a number of pubs and clubs some of them infamous from various television programmes such as Bobby's in Veronicas and Linekers (owned by ex-footballer Gary, run by his brother). Bars in Starcos tend to get busier earlier, steer well clear of the Veronicas area until later in the night, otherwise you will be dragged into one of the bars by a tout and you will probably find yourself sharing the bar with one other occupant. However, you can also use this to your advantage. Many touts give you a voucher for a free or reduced price drink, when the bar is not busy, so if you don't mind swapping bars frequently, you could have a very cheap start to your evening's drinking.

If you are not a hedonist at heart or have a young family steer clear of this area of town. The Patch, an area to the south is more family orientated and there are a number of cabaret bars offering live and more family orientated entertainment.

Playa de Las Americas is in the process of changing its image for the better. The local government is making it increasingly difficult for bars in the Veronicas and Starco centres to operate. It has closed both centres down recently due to health and safety concerns. Both centres are open again at the moment, but I don't think it will be long before they are shut down for good.The resort is wanting to encourage more 5 star developments such as those in Fanabe just north of Las Americas.

San Eugenio again slightly to the north of Las Americas is home to a marina - Puerto Colon, which has a number of impressive yachts moored, and is a pleasant place to walk around. You will also find a range of boat trips depart from here; most of them heading out to look for dolphins in the channel between Tenerife and its neighbouring island of La Gomera.

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