A trio of beaches
Holidays in Tenerife are all about lapping up that laid back beach life. They say good things come in small packages and Puerto de Santiago's beach is no exception. This beach might not have the facilities that many of the bigger resorts do, but it certainly has a special charm. The dramatic cliffs that surround this spot make for some stunning views. And the calm blue waters you'll find here are just right if you want to go for a paddle.
Playa de la Arena is within walking distance and is renowned for its soft sands, palm trees and rocky bays. This beach has won a European blue flag award for safety and cleanliness, making it a prime choice for families and couples alike.
For a busier beach head to Los Gigantes, where you'll find a bustling marina that offers water sports and even a diving centre. There are usually two dives a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and the dive usually lasts 35 minutes. It is weather dependent though, so it's a good idea to book in advance.
The easy life
Those who are in need of a real getaway can find one during cheap holidays to Tenerife, especially when staying in Puerto de Santiago. Enjoy la vida fácil, the easy life, for a while and you'll soon forget about home. If you want to explore around the area then you won't need to stray far – the neighbouring resorts of Playa de la Arena and Los Gigantes are merely a beach-towel's shake away.
Take a hike, or a stroll
If you feel that the smouldering summit of Mount Teide is calling your name, especially common after a drop of Canarian wine, you can plan an expedition to climb the third largest volcano in the world. An hour's drive away, the local buses run every 30 minutes and drop you off at the base.
This expedition is best as a day trip as the hike itself takes five hours. Make sure you pack water and supplies for your journey. That said, if you want to preserve your energy for the evening, take a cable car up to the summit.
Alternatively, spend your afternoons strolling around the main strip in town, where you'll discover lots of restaurants and a variety of shops. You'll find daily staples at the small but very-well-stocked supermarket. If you're on the hunt for postcards or a souvenir, this is the place to go.
Explore the ocean
Puerto de Santiago's waters are home to monkfish, sea turtles and sting ray. In Los Gigantes there's a diving centre where you can hire the gear and get a qualified instructor to take you diving. Afterwards you can purchase photographs – a great reminder of the day.
The Museo Pescador, Museum of Fishermen, is well worth a visit. Here you'll learn about Puerto de Santiago's rich maritime history.
The freshest seafood in town
Puerto de Santiago boasts a good selection of restaurants and a handful of bars. If you're seeking the bright lights then Las Americas is only a 45-minute drive away. The nearby resorts of Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena are within walking distance from Puerto too, should you fancy an after dinner walk.
Puerto is a quieter resort than the others, but there's still enough of a buzz for you to stay local even if you're not taking advantage of a Tenerife All Inclusive holiday. Restaurants here serve up tapas, Canarian cuisine as well as Italian, French English and Japanese fare, just to name a few.
The 'catch of the day' will be advertised a lot outside of restaurants and this will give you the opportunity to eat some of the freshest seafood around, including: grilled lemon sole, crab, monkfish or lobster. If you aren't sure what to choose, then the menu of the day is a good option – and often great value for money.