Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife's busiest resort, is a purpose-built, modern, well planned and clean resort on Tenerife's sunny south coast, with palm tree-lined avenues and some impressive hotels and apartment blocks.
Playa de las Americas is a lively resort with its nightlife, water sports, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, diving, jeep safaris and many other activities. The chic shopping centres have some very high-quality shops and designer boutiques, and at night they transform into a centre for nightlife with trendy bars and stylish restaurants.
The seafront traffic-free promenades are lined with cafés, restaurants and shops, all the way from Los Cristianos right up to Puerto Colon. They are open all day up to about 11pm, so you can dine at lunchtime, afternoon and in the evening overlooking the sea.
Great effort has been made to improve the resort over the years, shedding its past tacky image of under 25's partying and drinking excessively. The place is now gleaming and sophisticated with tourists of all nationalities filling the resort. The days of cheap booze and fish and chips have been replaced by a more sophisticated and cosmopolitan feel.
Playa de las Americas is mostly a low rise resort with only a few high rise hotels. Nearly all Playa de las Americas resort hotels have swimming pools and subtropical gardens .
Playa de Las Americas Nightlife
Playa de las Americas is probably the most lively holiday resort in Tenerife, with an abundance of nightlife including restaurants, clubs, bars, discos and pubs. These include international restaurants, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and pizza parlours.
The centre of Playa de las Americas at night is a vibrant, glitzy array of boutiques, restaurants, cocktail bars and hotels. The place is lit up with luminous decorations, and water jet fountains timed to classical music. The resort is busy with international tourists from the early evening to midnight when it goes quiet, apart from a handful of late bars.
Playa de Las Americas also has a vast selection of restaurants and bars scattered around the resort where you can enjoy an evening out. The noisy clubs and bars designed for the younger visitors are now mostly contained in the Veronicas area of town. Here bars and clubs boom out dance music until dawn, the place livens up after midnight and is the place to party for the under 25's. You will want to avoid this area if you don't enjoy the loud, brash nightlife, it is aimed at young people wanting to stay out all night partying.
If you are a mature night owl, the area known as 'The Patch' is where you will find bars hosting live music, cabaret acts and comedians.
Playa de Las Americas Attractions
The resort has two of Tenerife's best Golf courses at Golf las Americas and Golf Costa Adeje, both are 18 hole courses where buggies and clubs can be hired. Visitors are welcome at both golf courses.
There are four theme parks and also Tenerife zoo and Monkey Park near the resort with free shuttle buses from the leading hotels. The Aquapark and the newer Siam Water Park make a great alternative to the beach and are both excellent for families with children.
Playa de Las Americas Beaches
There are several lovely beaches in Playa de las Americas all are sandy and equipped with sunbeds and parasols and do get very crowded in the summer months. The beaches are manmade with imported golden sand from the Sahara desert, are well kept and clean and sheltered from the Atlantic swell by manmade piers made from giant boulders. Water sports are available from the beaches, such as paragliding and water rafting.
Along the beach is a tree-lined promenade, you can walk to the more laid back resort of Los Cristianos or to Costa Adeje. There are also cafes and restaurants where you can have a drink and some food overlooking the ocean.
Tenerife South Airport to Playa de las Americas Transfer Times
The distance from Tenerife Reina Sophia Airport to Playa de las Americas is approximately 20km by road, that takes about 25 minutes. The taxi fare from Tenerife south airport will cost about 34 euros. The bus route 111 will take you from the airport directly to Playa de las Americas.
Where is Playa de las Americas
Playa de las Americas is situated on the southwestern coast of Tenerife in the municipality of Arona. The resort is located between Los Cristianos to the south and Costa Adeje to the north, these resorts have now effectively merged into one large resort. Its position is marked on the Playa de las Americas map by the marker.