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"Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's largest resort . A popular choice due to its golden sand, excellent facilities and lively nightlife."

Playa de las Americas is on the southern tip of Tenerife just above Los Cristianos. The south of Tenerife is the hottest, driest part of the island and so great for sun bathing and water-sports.

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Spain This Way review: Playa de las Americas is a great destination if you are looking for a party atmosphere and lots of facilities.

Playa de las Americas is the biggest resort on the island of Tenerife. It is on the south of the island within easy reach of Tenerife's Aqua Parks, whale-watching trips and the superb sheer cliffs of Los Gigantes.

Millions of tons of imported sand mean that the beaches of Playa de las Americas have lovely golden sand and there are loads of pubs, cafes and restaurants to suit all different holiday budgets.

Central Park of Arona

As well as being a large resort with lots of facilities and lots of water sports on offer including water-skiing, jet-skiing, wind-surfing and scuba-diving.

The Playa de las Americas is particularly well-known for its nightlife. It is definitely the party capital of Tenerife and the place to head for if you want clubs and pubs and a party atmosphere.


Whilst it once had a rowdy reputation Playa de las Americas has spent a lot of money to clean up its act and encourage clubbers but not trouble-makers. The main areas to head for at night are the Veronicas strip, the Patch and the Starco Commercial Centre.

If you are looking for a quiet holiday then this is not the best choice however in recent years it has gone a lot more upmarket and now has a good range of upmarket bars and restaurants and is appealing to holidaymakers looking for good food and good shops. There are also lots of shows on offer in Playa de las Americas and these have become very popular. It is definitely best to book ahead.

As well as the beaches and the clubs another draw to the resorts of the Playa de las Americas is the 'Golf las Americas', an 18 hole championship golf course situated in the town.  It has a hotel, shop and restaurant on site and with the excellent Tenerife weather you can play all year round.

If you are looking for some peace and tranquility another option is to head to the Central Park of Arona which is just a kilometer back from the beach and has been planted with native plants of the Canary Islands. Its walkways are lined with pretty tarmarind and macademia trees and you can see the unusual dragon trees which are the symbol of Tenerife.

Where to visit near to Playa de las Americas?

Just the other side of the TF1 motorway on the edge of Playa de las Americas is the fabulous Siam Park, a huge water park with an oriental flavour.

For a change of pace head to Masca which is a tiny mountain village and considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Tenerife.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Western Canary Islands guide.

See also: 

Map of Playa de las Americas and places to visit


Playa de las Americas places to visit

Tenerife Aqua Parks

Tenerife Aqua Parks

Tenerife's Aqua Parks; Tenerife has two great aqua parks which are great for a family day out.

Tenerife Aqua Parks guide
Siam Park

Siam Park

Siam Park is one of the most popular water parks in the world. With an Oriental theme Siam Park is one of the top attractions of Tenerife.

Siam Park guide
Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes resort sits at the bottom of the huge Los Gigantes cliffs - one of Tenerife's top natural sights.

Los Gigantes guide
Park Teide

Park Teide

In Park Teide is Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain. The park is a treat and not to be missed.

Park Teide guide


Masca is the most beautiful village on Tenerife. It is set in a stunning mountain location.

Masca guide
Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos has an attractive main square and the oldest dragon tree of the Canary Islands.

Icod de los Vinos guide

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