Playa San Juan

Playa San Juan

Travel Agents View

Travel Agents View ideal choice for those who want to experience a bit of typical Canarian living

Located within the Guia de Isora area, Playa San Juan is and ideal choice for those who want to experience a bit of typical Canarian living. One of the few remaining fishing villages in Tenerife, the village has plenty to offer including Dolphin and whale watching trips from the marina, championship golf course just a 5 minute drive away and a local market twice a week.

There are 2 beaches to found here, a small cove with shallow waters which is popular with families with small children and the other is a long sandy beach which has recently been developed. The crystal clear waters make it a favoured diving spot. There is a promenade that runs the full length of the village which is dotted with restaurants offering international and local cuisines, many with fresh fish specialities. A few small shops and bars can also be found here.

Transfer time from the airport is approx 35 minutes.

Insider's View

 Insider an 'up and coming' resort with a penchant for the upmarket look without the price tag

This is more of a family resort than a singles spot

When I was first looking where to settle on Tenerife, Playa de San Juan was a serious contender. I love this resort. The stripy changing booths, pavement cafes and beachside wooden decking make me think of St Tropez but with fishing boats bobbing in the little marina rather than Donald Trump-sized yachts.

Playa de San Juan is what I'd describe as 'an up and coming' resort with a penchant for the upmarket look without the price tag. They're a bit short on the nightlife though so if you're looking to be chin deep in foam or belting out lyrics to Kings of Leon at four in the morning you'll be disappointed. This is more of a family resort than a singles spot.

What it lacks in excitement, Playa de San Juan makes up for in great restaurants. Amongst my favourites are: El Aljibe on Avenida Emigrante where the spicy meatballs have me dabbing up every last mouthful of sauce with my bread, and Marlin opposite the pier; more pricey but top notch fish and a distinctly romantic setting.

It's quite apt that, to go with the St Tropez look, you get a deluxe, celebrity-attracting hotel on the headland above the resort. I once interviewed Pat Cash at the Abama Hotel (name dropper – moi?) and the perfectly coiffed heads of Bill Clinton and Heather Mills McCartney have graced their pillows. The hotel's got its own Bond-style golden beach at the foot of the cliffs too and as legally in Spain all beaches are for public use, anyone is entitled to enjoy this five star paradise.

And the must-sees? Position yourself outside Carla's Dulcería or one of the bars on Avenida Emigrante and wait for the sunset to burnish the sky crimson behind La Gomera.
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