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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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