Tenerife’s best nightspot
Nighttime is when this resort really comes to life. Playa de las Americas is a hotspot for young couples, groups and anyone looking to dance the night away. Las Americas' dozens of bars provide bucket loads of fun for all tastes and ages. In fact, there are even party boats that bring revellers to the resort from the neighbouring Canary Islands to enjoy the after-hours atmosphere here.
The infamous Tramps nightclub dubs itself 'The King of Clubs' and every night is a Saturday night here. The club plays host to world famous DJs like Judge Jules any many more. Also based in the Starco Centre is Lineker's, which shows live sport during the day, and Mett Bar, which are both firm favourites with clubbers.
The bars and clubs of the Patch tend to cater for a slightly more mature audience. There are some great beach bars around this area where you can enjoy food, mojitos and chilled out music while you lounge in the sunshine and party into the night.
If top dance DJs are your thing then visit in August to experience the Arona Festival, bringing 12 hours of dance music from the likes of Pendulum and Nicky Romero to the Domíngez Alfonso Olympic Stadium.
If you're worn out from partying into the small hours, you can spend a leisurely day looking through the shopping rails of the Safari Shopping Centre's designer boutiques including Armani and Hugo Boss, or at a one of the many souvenir shops around town.
Boat trips are readily available, ranging from spending a day on a pirate ship to cruising on a catamaran, taking a submarine safari or floating out to see dolphins and whales. If you're feeling extra energetic you can go snorkelling, banana boat riding or try your hand at surfing.
Free buses leave every half an hour to Siam Park, a water park that provides lots of thrills for adrenaline junkies. Aqualand is the better choice for families — it has a kidzworld and a dolphinarium as well as some more adventurous flumes. A cheaper and dryer alternative for a day out is Monkey Park where you can get up close and personal with a variety of primates.
For a change of scenery and to enjoy some green space, look no further than the abundance of golf courses available around the Las Americas' neighbouring resorts. These well-kept courses provide the experience to drive a shot down the fairway beside views of the clear blue ocean and a snow-capped mountain.
The vast and beautiful Mount Teide is a stunning backdrop from across the island. Up close, the mountain and its surrounding national park are perfect for exploring. Scheduled buses leave Las Americas to take you to the base, where you can jump on a cable car, lifting you high above the clouds to gaze across the beautiful turquoise sea and take some breath-taking holiday snaps.
The resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos join together to form six quality beaches, with a succession of black or gold sand crescents. These resorts are home to plenty of quality beach-fronted hotels, where you can roll out on to the beach straight from your room.
The palm-lined El Camison beach is great for families as it has calm seas sheltered by breakwaters and good access for prams and mobility scooters. Troya beach is more lively and is packed with places to eat, drink and shop this beach is also a great spot to try watersports.
If you fancy the trek, you could head a little further up the coast to one of the area's quieter spots such as El Puertito beach, a small, rustic beach covered in black volcanic sand.
Whatever your taste buds are telling you, Las Americas promises to deliver. The resort offers a range of international cuisine including Italian, Chinese, American and Indian, as well as places to get some hearty English grub. And if you fancy staying in, some places will even deliver to your hotel.
The town's beachside resorts cater for Brits looking for something familiar too, with food such as pizza, steak and roast dinners on offer.
If you fancy trying some authentic Canarian food, further back from the seafront you can find delicious fresh seafood, stews and more unusual ingredients such as goat or rabbit. Wash your meal down with some stunning Canarian wine — Tenerife produces some quality red to accompany appetising meat and fish dishes.