A Photo Guide to Playa de las Américas

Wed, August 22nd, 2012 - By Jack Montgomery

Playa de las Américas – tacky and terrible or Tenerife’s nightlife Nirvana depending on differing points of view. Tenerife’s most famous resort is loved and loathed in equal measures. People flock to it year after year and yet many of Britain’s newspapers regularly quote Playa de las Américas as proof of Tenerife’s naff standing in the world of discerning travellers.

But is the boozy and brash picture that’s often painted of Playa de las Américas a fair one? Let’s have a look.

Beaches – Playa El Camisón

 Playa El Camisón, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

Despite what people think, Playa de las Américas isn’t blessed with lots of sandy beaches, most of these are in neighbouring Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos. But Playa El Camisón in front of the Sir Anthony Hotel makes up for all that with its tropical good looks and a certain panache that its neighbours lack.

Shopping – It’s a Bit Gaudí

 Parque Santiago Area, , Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

The area around the Safari shopping centre may be kitsch and designer label heavy but is it tacky? Whatever your opinion, there’s no arguing with the fact that it’s a bit on the Gaudí side.

Hotels in Playa de las Américas

 Balinese Beds, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

JLo and hubbie have stayed in the luxury confines of the Hotel Villa Cortes but you don’t have to be a superstar to lounge on the Balinese beds at the hotel’s Chiringuito beach bar and sea pool… even though you might feel like one.

I Like the Nightlife

 Tibu, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

Chase the chopitos at the infamous Veronicas, sink the shots at Starcos or belt out golden oldies at any number of live music bars. On the other hand, you could always rub shoulders with stars of the Premier League and favourite UK soaps at stylish venues like Tibu.

Food and Restaurants

 Dancing Fountains, Safari Centre, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

Authentic Canarian cuisine might not be always easy to find, but you won’t hear diners at the über chic restaurants around the neon lit dancing fountain at the Safari Centre complaining too much.

Viva Las Vegas

 Palacio de Congresos, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

The unmissable Palacio de Congresos building tells you that what you get with Playa de las Américas might have more in common with Las Vegas than an island off the coast of Africa.

Surf’s Up

 Playa Honda, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

It’s not all sunbathing and pina coladas, there’s quite an non-touristy laid back, cool surf scene on Playa Honda.

Stroll Along the Promenade

 Modern Sculptures, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

Some sections of Playa de las Américas’ promenade might surprise people; modern sculptures and a bleached wooden board-walk are a million miles away from the euro a pint pubs that people often think of when they hear the name Playa de las Américas.

Get into the Swing of Things

 Golf Las Américas, Playa de las Américas, Tenerife

If you fancy a bit of greenery and a stroll, there’s no need to head into the hills. Golf Las Américas is a handsome looking course with a membership that includes such a variety of birds that it almost seems like part wildlife reserve.

Posted : Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 9:00 am
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7 Responses to “A Photo Guide to Playa de las Américas”

  1. Karen Earls says:

    It depends which part of Playa you go to, have been there for many years, sad to see so many local bars go over the years, (probably due to hotels going all inclusive), but still my favorite holiday, has everything from promenade walks, to shopping, and nightlife… had many a happy holiday here!

  2. Sandy says:

    Travel writers in Britain are lazy and unimaginative which is why they rely on very out dated cliches about Las Americas for their articles – I even doubt whether any of them have been near the place recently. Instead they prefer to eagerly grab the freebie holidays offered to them by the “upmarket ” new places such as the Abama resort to write a glowing report whilst still managing to make sneering comments about its near neighbour. The writers completely overlook the fact millions of us love the south of Tenerife, never mind them actually investigating why we do, they prefer to use old articles and descriptions of the area that must surely date back to the 80s.
    Even travel brochures are sparing in their praise – heaven forbid they should actually stay in Las Americas! In fact, your headline is in a way also stereotyping the image as well.

    • Jack says:

      Thanks for the comment. I know for a fact there are writers & editors whose image is based on out of date information and perceptions.

      As for the stereotyping in the opener to the blog, the intention was to show that much of Playa de las Américas doesn’t fit the picture often painted. On the other hand there are parts of the resort which some travellers/holidaymakers wouldn’t think of as appealing.

      In the end it’s horses for courses. The thing is to be honest in telling it how it actually is so that people can make up their own minds depending on personal preferences.

  3. Sonjie Kennington says:

    Excellent article Jack! And you reminded me I must go back to Tibu one of these days for a bit of a boogie! : )

  4. Sandy says:

    Absolutely, unfortunately the image of Las Americas is still considered as downmarket but how do you change the image unless the travel writers actually stay there? Like you say, word of mouth is the only way at the moment – I cant honestly name any people I know who actually visited Tenerife and didnt like it, but all were a bit reluctant to try it in the first place. Perception is everything and there is still a snobbish factor about it. How many metres long is Starco & Veronicas in the whole of Las Americas? And why don’t any critics visit Los Cristianos? Baffles me! No on second thoughts it doesnt, of course there arent any hotels considered swish enough for the writers to condescend to stay in probably.

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