Located on the west coast of Tenerife, in a small, picturesque bay, Playa Paraiso is a quiet resort that attracts visitors looking for a peaceful holiday with the opportunity to explore neighbouring towns and other areas of interest on the island.
The resort’s lack of a beach is compensated by the presence of a large salt water lido, while there are also other amenities in the form of shops and restaurants. The larger, neighbouring resorts of Playa de las Americas and Callao Salvaje are both within walking distance, offering a livelier atmosphere, beaches, nightlife and all the attractions you would expect of major tourist centres.
Most visitors to Playa Paraiso will fly into Tenerife South Airport, which is 20km away, and connects to a huge number of European cities.
Public buses depart from the airport to resorts across the island at regular intervals throughout the day. Alternatively, there are taxis and hire cars available from the airport.
Much like all the other resorts on the island, Playa Paraiso is a splendid all-year-round holiday destination, with average temperature rarely dropping below 60C and frequently rising above 80C.
Visitors do not even have severe humidity to deal with, as the cooling sea breezes provide respite from the heat.
The summer months draw sizeable crowds to Playa Paraiso, though winter also attracts heavy numbers thanks to the enduring warm weather. Winter visitors should be aware that evenings can get cold, so remember to pack a couple of thicker items of clothing.
Playa Paraiso is primarily used by visitors to relax and enjoy the resort’s scenic setting. There is relatively little in the way of established attractions and activities, so if you’re looking to get active, then you will need to do a little exploring. However, since there are several livelier resorts within easy reach, this makes Playa Paraiso an ideal base.
The resort’s lack of a proper beach is made up for with the super saltwater lido, a lagoon style pool, located opposite the Fiesta Hotel Paraiso Floral in the centre of the resort.
If there's no substitution for sand, head off to the nearby resorts of Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos, which are easily reachable by bus or taxi, both of which offer excellent sandy beaches amongst their attractions.
One of the most popular attractions around Playa Paraiso is the Calblanque Nature Reserve, which is a couple of kilometres from the resort, and offers walks, beaches and nature watching.
Alternatively, within the resort itself is Salinas de Marchamalo, a nature reserve that is home to a wide selection of wildlife.
For families with children, the waterparks near Playa De Las Americas make for an excellent day’s fun, while Loro Parque is also hugely popular.
There are several summer beach bars in Playa Paraiso, but for a livelier nightlife your best bet is to walk to the neighbouring town of Playa Honda. Alternatively, head to Playa De Las Americas, which offers arguably the best nightlife on the entire island.