You’re coming to Tenerife for a bit of rest and relaxation, right?
Here are five guaranteed ways to ruin your precious two weeks in the sunshine:
1. Ignore the warning flags on the beaches.
You will find them on all the Blue Flag beaches from Puerto de la Cruz to Playa de las Americas. Red – not safe for swimming; yellow – caution, this could be for a number of reasons, lifeguards have been called away, or the sea is safe for seriously strong swimmers but not for kids; green for “go” – go frolic in the waves – so long as you can actually swim of course. A recent addition is the flag warning of jellyfish on the beach. Happily this doesn’t happen too often, but do take note if you see it. Jellyfish stings are very unpleasant. If you go to an unmanaged beach and have doubts, then don’t go in the water. Surest way to spoil a vacation is to end up in hospital, or worse.
2. Ignore advice about dehydration and sunstroke.
In summer this seems obvious, but in winter sun we often think precaution is unnecessary. It isn’t. Drink water, use sun-cream and a hat if necessary, and not just on the beaches, if you take excursions to Teide National Park or hike the Anaga Mountains it still applies. Like I said, spoil your vacation by ending up in hospital if you ignore this advice.
3. Sweat the small stuff.
Life is different in Tenerife. Shops, banks and offices open at different hours; eating times are different; buses often have a less frequent service during “siesta” time; the post office closes early in high summer, and on Carnaval week everything closes early, including banks. Most hotels do their best to cater to the habits of their clientele but outside of the resorts the pace is different. Adapt and go with flow if you really want to wind down and relax.
4. Expect everyone to speak English.
Well known fact – “if you shout at someone in a foreign language they will understand you better.” Sad but true, this does still happen, much to the shame of us ex-pats. We are very lucky that English is so widely spoken, but it isn’t a given that everyone is bilingual. Your waiter will most likely speak enough for his job and might sound fluent but if you launch into a tirade on the correct way to make a sauce, you’ve probably left him behind. If you want to be understood, speak slowly and think about the words you use. Hand signs and especially smiles go a long way too.
5. Think “It will never happen to me.”
The Canary Islands are a pretty safe destination compared many but much as we’d like it not to be so, there is crime. Mostly it’s petty crime and opportunist but it won’t be petty for you if you have to spend a day sorting out a stolen passport or lose all your holiday cash. Take the same, sensible precautions you would at home, especially if you intend to get a bit merry when you go out to a bar, and ensure you have a safe Tenerife holiday.
Of course you will ignore these “rules,” take the advice and have the holiday of a lifetime. I certainly hope so!
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