Tenerife has resorts on the south and north coasts on the island. The south cost of Tenerife is renowned for its all year round sunshine, as the average temperature only fluctuates 5c from the summer months to the winter months. The resorts that attract most tourists are the resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos on the south western part of the coast. Playa de las Americas has the most active nightlife with plenty of restaurants, clubs and bars.
These two resorts have merged together over the years but where originally two separate villages. The resorts have now also merged with Costa Adeje, Playa Fanabe and Puerto Colon. There are some very nice well kept sandy beaches here.
Further up this stretch of coast are the popular resorts of Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago, where things are a little bit quieter, and tends to be popular with families and couples. Not forgetting Playa Parisio, a small resort with a few bars and restaurants.
The south eastern cost of Tenerife has the resorts of Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf, where as the name suggests are two 18 hole championship golf courses. Here there are no beaches to speak of, only very small black sand and pebble ones. The entertainment is based on restaurants and bars, no night clubs, and the resort facilities are very spread out into small commercial areas. The Canarian village of Los Abrigos is right next door, where you will find some of the islands best fish restaurants around the small harbour.
Costa del Silencio and Las Galletas are also along this stretch of coast. Costa del Silencio is a purpose built resort, and its neighbour Las Galletas is a small town with a promenade and small black sand beach. Las Galletas has some very good restaurants along the promenade and around the small harbour.
Quite a bit further up this south eastern part of the coast, near Santa Cruz is Las Caletillas. This small town is not at all built up and is a very typical town of Tenerife. It has a very nice promenade with some fine Spanish restaurants. The resort is a quite relaxing one with no international flavours, just an authentic Spanish feel.
The north of Tenerife has the main resort of Puerto de la Cruz. Puerto, as it is known, is a large town centred round its old town. It is very cosmopolitan and more sophisticated than its southern counterpart Playa de las Americas. There are many great cafes and restaurants, and the clubs play mainly Latino music till dawn. Puerto de la Cruz has a superb seafront lido with seawater pools to swim in and areas to sunbathe.
There are also some other small resorts along the north coast such as Garachico, which is a small town unspoilt by commercial tourism. No beaches here, but rock pools created from past volcanic eruptions for cooling off in the sea.