The 2800 average hours of yearly sunshine mean that beaches are the star turn here, but if you just can’t take another day of lying prone on a sunbed, there are other, more energetic options.
The volcanic coast here makes for excellent diving, and calm waters means that even a first-timer can have a thrilling ‘try dive’ in the ocean. A standard dive runs upwards of €35, though the per-dive rate drops if you’re planning several days of diving. There are several outfits to choose from.
You won’t have to sail far from shore before the hotel jungle of Tenerife’s largest resort melts into the gentle slopes of the island. Rent a boat, take an excursion or sign up for a whale-watching trip and cruise the waters between Tenerife and La Gomera with the beautiful outline of El Teide behind you. The tourist office in Los Cristianos has a list of companies that organise all kinds of boat trips, some of which even set sail on the high seas in a pirate ship – who could resist!
The best-known surf spot in town is the creatively named La Izquierda (Spanish Left), which is found just west of Playa de Troyo. A long and easy left with some hollow sections, it’s one of the most localised spots in Europe.
Note that although there are several places that offer horse riding, not all are accredited and safe.
Constant mild weather means that Tenerife is a place where golfers can play year-round. It’s not the most ecologically sound activity on the island (water is a constant problem, and golf courses need plenty of it) but that hasn’t stopped sprawling courses from emerging all around Playa de las Américas. Some of the best courses are listed here. Note that the fees noted are for the winter season; prices can drop considerably in mid-summer.
Companies offering two-, three- and five-hour boat cruises to check out whales and dolphins are set up at the end of Playa de Los Cristianos, near the port, and in Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje. Most trips include food, drink and a quick swim. There are several such companies but all are basically the same, with a two-hour trip costing upwards of €18.
Deep-sea-fishing jaunts start at about €49 for a three-hour trip. Get information from the kiosks set up at the western end of Playa de Los Cristianos or from a tourist office.