Holidays to Playa de las Americas
Photo used under Creative Commons from Eric Borda
Some will love it and some will hate but there no getting away from the fact that Playa de las Americas is your archetypal purpose-built tourist resort; and perhaps one of the most successful as well. Situated on the south of the island this sprawling resort has six beaches, three of which are natural. Please bear in mind that these beaches tend to get very busy during the peak season - be prepared to throw down your towel early!
The original resorts of Playa de las Americas, San Eugenio and Toviscas have long since merged to form a huge mega resort which is spilling over in all directions. Playa de las Americas butts seamlessly onto it's neighbour Los Cristianos and is streadily heading northwards towards Costa Adeje. It's long promenade reaches as far as La Caleta in the North West and Los Cristianos to the East.
It's fairly easy to get around Playa de las Americas as you find yourself navigating via the towering holiday apartment blocks with their glowing neon signage. You can get around easily on foot, by the mini train or via one of the many courtesy buses provided by hotels and apartment blocks.
Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's nightlife capital, with the Starco Commercial Centre perhaps being it's epicenter. Here you'll find wall to wall pubs, clubs, fast food outlets and restaurants. This area comes to life in the late evening and the fun goes on well into the early hours of the next day. There are hundreds of touts trying to entice you to various bars and they can become tiresome. 18-30s will love it here but it might be a little too hardcore for the more conservative and family groups. There are plenty of other zones where the nightlife is not so wild.
There's plenty to do here in Playa de las Americas and it's quite possible you'll never need to leave the resort. You'll find crazy golf, tennis, 10 pin bowling and amusement arcades a plenty. If you're prepared to venture further afield then the nearby Aqualand at Coast Adeje is a must - especially for families. You can easily spend a day here - in fact if you want to keep the little ones happy you could spend all week here.
The harbour at Puerto Colom is the location of one of Tenerife's Whale and Dolphin spotting companies (www.tenerifedolphin.com)
Overall Playa de las Americas does have something for everyone unless your looking for a chic cultural experience. It's focus is on providing a fun, low-budget holiday with plenty of choice and activities.