Playa de las Americas

What can be said about Playa de las Americas that hasn't been written already? One of Europe's top holiday resorts received such a slagging in the UK media several years ago that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was Hell, Hades and a horror movie all rolled into one. Well, it isn't, and never was.

The image of kiss-me-quick-hats and pint-swilling jingoists was brought about by the near-obsessive media focus on one square kilometre of funland called Veronicas and the Starco Centre. Sure, that world is there for those who quite rightly want to enjoy it, but Playa de las Americas is much more than just flashing lights, wiggling bums and a drink-till-you-drop attitude.

You only need to venture in and around the classy Safari Centre or the golden sandy beaches to see the real Playa de las Americas. Designer labels, international dining and dancing fountains make you feel you're nearer Vegas than Veronicas, and the calm shallow waters of El Camison Beach rival any toe-dipping experience in the Caribbean.

If you want the best of both worlds a buzzing nightlife and an attractive place to rest your head during the daPlaya de las Americas is the place to aim for. If you want the latter but with a quieter sundown, perhaps Costa Adeje or Los Cristianos would suit you better.

For a choice of hotels, there's got to be very few places on earth with so much choice. Frontline accommodation like the Mare Nostrum's five hotels, or the Mexican-themed Villa Cortes fall over backwards to make sure you get the 5-star treatment. Same goes for the Hotel Las Madrigueras, sharing the grass at the 18-hole Golf Las Americas course.

Want to know what we think is one of THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN TENERIFE is? If you're traveling as a family, a couple, a group of visitors on a hen or stag do or a group of friends, there's only one thing which will make ever lasting memories of sheer class... Hire your own yacht or boat in Tenerife with Tenerife Boat Charter. They have some fantastic boats on offer. All come with Captain and food, cava, beer, wine and softdrinks are included. You can usually choose between a 3 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour private boat charter. While you're out riding the waves, you'll get to see the dolphins and whales and take a time out in one of many picturesque coves where you'll get the chance to go snorkeling with turtles! You COULD do this with one of the larger boats and share it with a bunch of other people, but this is definitely the best way to go about it and it can even be the cheaper way to do it depending on the size of your group! Click here for examples of boats, yachst and catamarans available for private hire in Tenerife.

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Much has been done to make Playa de las Americas a world-class resort, and much more is in the pipeline. So if you haven't been before, do not be afraid. It's a fun, fashionable and safe place that will tick all the right holiday requirement boxes.