Weather Averages for Playa de las Americas in May
Averages for Playa de las Americas in May
May is a brilliant time of the year to visit Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife (Canary Islands), when the weather is warm and the prices are cheap, due to low tourist numbers. During this month, the resort experiences an average temperature of 20°C at the start of the month, which slowly rises up to 21.5°C by the end of the month.
Daily highs and lows follow a similar pattern, increasing from 23°C to 25°C and from 17°C to 18°C, respectively, as the month progresses. Although it only happens on rare occasions, temperatures have been known to rise above 26°C and fall below 15°C during this month in Playa de Las Americas.
In May, the highest temperature which has ever been registered at the resort’s closest weather station (the one at Reina Sofía south airport) is 37.7°C, which was recorded on May 13th in 2012. On the other hand, the lowest temperature which has ever been registered here during May is 13°C, which was recorded on May 1st in 1981.
During May, Playa de Las Americas receives an average of 3mm (zero inches) of rainfall, all of which usually falls on one rainy day during the month. With such a small amount of precipitation falling on only one day of the month, you probably won’t see any rainfall at all during your holiday in Playa de Las Americas.
The probability or precipitation making an appearance on an average day during May quickly decreases as the month progresses. Rainfall is most likely around May 1st, when it falls on 8% of days, whilst rainfall is least likely around May 30th, when it falls on only 4% of days.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience some of the wet stuff during your holiday in Playa de Las Americas during May, it will most likely be drizzle, light rain or moderate rain. During this month, heavy rain and thunderstorms are extremely unlikely and snowfall is completely unheard of.
The highest monthly rainfall ever experienced by Playa de Las Americas in May is a tiny 8.4 l/m2, which fell in May 2004. At the other end of the scale, the lowest monthly rainfall ever experienced by the resort during this month is 0 l/m2, which most recently occurred in May 2013.
The greatest number of days ever to have seen rainfall in Playa de Las Americas in May is four, which occurred in 1998. The maximum amount of precipitation to fall within a 24-hour period during this month is 6.8 l/m2, all of which fell on May 1st in 2004.
Throughout May, Playa de Las Americas enjoys around 11 hours of sunshine each day – that’s the same as in April. With so many hours of sunshine to take advantage of every day, you’ll have loads of opportunities to work on your tan by the pool or at the beach.
If a beach day sounds like just what you’re after, you’ll be happy to hear that the average sea temperature for the beaches in Playa de Las Americas in May is 20°C – that’s the same as in April. Even though the summer months haven’t yet arrived at this time of the year, this temperature is more than warm enough to enjoy a dip in the sea.
During a typical May in Playa de Las Americas, normal wind speeds tend to fluctuate between 1 m/s (light air) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze) very rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around May 1st, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s tends to occur around May 16th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s.
In May, the length of the day in Playa de Las Americas is gradually increasing, with a difference of 32 minutes between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day of the month is May 1st with 13 hours and 15 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is May 31st with 13 hours and 48 minutes of daylight.
Although they’re more common during the hot summer months, siroccos and calimas can affect Playa de Las Americas at any time of the year – even during May. These uncomfortable weather conditions are caused by sand storms which are blown over from the west coast of Africa. Whilst they can be predicted up to weeks in advance, calimas and siroccos can vary greatly in duration – from just a few hours up to ten days.
Even though calimas and siroccos don’t post any serious dangers, they are characterised by very high temperatures, minimal visibility and a general discomfort for everyone. As well as the high temperatures and low visibility, siroccos also bring with them very powerful winds which can make going outside incredibly uncomfortable.
Dates for the diary
Not much is going on in the way of festivals and events in Playa de Las Americas in May, when the resort is quietly preparing for the summer season.
May 1st marks Labour Day in Tenerife, a public holiday which is usually celebrated by everyone taking the day off work. It goes without saying that almost all banks, shops and supermarkets in Playa de Las Americas will be closed on this day, so make sure you stock up on essentials beforehand.
If you travel to Los Realejos on May 3rd, you’ll have the chance to experience the ‘fiestas de la cruz’ which incorporate one of the biggest firework displays in Europe which goes on for several hours.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital, was founded in May. If you visit the city at any time during this month you’ll see exhibitions, dance performances, music concerts, sports activities and artisan markets in honour of traditional Tenerife. All activities are free to enjoy and are great fun for the whole family.
On May 17th and 18th in 2014, the nearby resort of Adeje hosts the annual Adeje Crafts Fair. This two-day fair takes place at the Plaza de España and is made up of loads of stalls selling all sorts of artisan and handmade crafts. Whether you’re shopping for gifts for friends and family or just want to browse, the Adeje Crafts Fair is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
Playa de Troya in Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife
Things to do
If you’d like to try your hand at riding the waves or simply wish to improve your skills, make sure you head to Tenerife Surfing Camp in Playa de Las Americas. Highly regarded as one of the best in Europe, this surfing camp provides accommodation and plenty of facilities so you can stay close to the sea and make the most of the waves during your holiday. There are various packages available, ranging from weekend trials to week-long camps.
Just a five minute drive away from Playa de Las Americas you’ll find the Monkey Park on the outskirts of Los Cristianos. A must-visit for families with children, this animal zoo allows you to get up close and personal with a number of the park’s residents, including lemurs, spider monkeys and tropical birds. There are plenty more animals to see at this park, many of which are there as part of an important conservation programme.
Hit the beach
Make the most of the pleasant weather by spending a day at Playa La Pinta. Here you’ll find soft golden sand and gentle, clear waters which are perfect for swimming and paddling. There are plenty of facilities available for visitors to enjoy, including sun beds, shades, showers, toilets and a children’s inflatable play area just a short distance away from the shore. There is a fantastic range of bars, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets available on the nearby promenade, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch.
Playa del Bobo is another great choice when it comes to beaches in Playa de Las Americas. This small bay features dark volcanic sand which is lined by calm waters, protected by wave breakers. There is a handful of services and amenities available at this beach, such as sun lounger and parasol hire, showers and a beachside kiosk, with a selection of restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets just a short walk away.
Golf Costa Adeje, just outside Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife
Where to eat & drink
Sushi lovers won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy a meal at Miishi Sushi Club. Found next to the marina at Puerto Colon, this restaurant offers a wide range of Asian-inspired dishes, with something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to all the traditional sushi options – niguiri, sashimi, and maki – Miishi Sushi Club also offers a variety of cooked seafood and meat dishes, as well as teppanyaki.
If you’d like to try some local Canarian food, why not stop by El Cedro? Located within a holiday complex in Playa de Las Americas, this restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of the house specialities include the paella, garlic prawns and mixed fish grill. If you’re dining with little ones, you’ll be pleased to hear that the restaurant also offers a comprehensive children’s menu.
British-run Mack’s Bar is the place to go if you’re looking for some home away from home hospitality. Open from morning until very late, this bar offers a comprehensive drink list including beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks. The prices are very affordable and if you’re feeling peckish there is also a snack menu available to browse.
When it comes to evening entertainment, it doesn’t get much better than Sax Bar. A must-visit if you’re into rock music, this bar hosts a live music performance every evening with some of the biggest and best rock bands in Tenerife. The atmosphere really gets going around 11pm, so if you’re looking for a great night, try and get there quite late.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a beachside hotel during your holiday in Playa de Las Americas, consider staying at H10 Las Palmeras. Just a short walk away from a number of bays, this complex provides accommodation in the form of double rooms, family rooms and junior suites, ensuring something for everyone. Guests are invited to take advantage of the numerous facilities which include gym, shop, WiFi access, tennis courts, swimming pools, bars and restaurants.
When it comes to centrally-located accommodation, it doesn’t get much better than Los Cardones. Just a stone’s throw away from a range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, this complex provides guests with a selection of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The list of onsite amenities is extensive and covers swimming pool, cycle hire, car hire, fitness facilities, internet access and supermarket.
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Playa de Las Americas should take a look at Altamira. This three-star complex offers a range of studios and one-bedroom apartments, all of which are spacious and well-equipped. There are loads of facilities for guests to enjoy, such as swimming pools, solarium, WiFi access, car park and reception.
Hotel Tropical Playa is perfect for holidaymakers who want to stay in a quiet part of Playa de Las Americas. Just a short walk away from the beach and Golf Las Americas, this hotel offers a wealth of amenities and services, including swimming pools, restaurants, tennis courts, gym and WiFi access. Accommodation is provided in the form of comfortable studios and apartments.
One of the most popular complexes in Playa de Las Americas, Marola Park is ideal for families and couples alike. Just a stone’s throw away from Golf Las Americas, this hotel features a great selection of standard and luxury apartments, as well as a top choice when it comes to amenities and services. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the swimming pool, terraces, lounges, gym and 24-hour reception.
Parasol on a beach in Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife - taken by Carlos