Playa la Arena is today one of three separate resorts (Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago and Playa la Arena) that have merged into one. Playa la Arena is the most modern of the three and has a beautiful long stretch of blue Flag standard black sand beaches.
A promenade runs along the seashore and is flanked by a variety of restaurants, many bars and shops. There is plenty to do besides relaxing on the beach or sampling local cuisine and many visitors opt for a boat trip to neighbouring Los Gigantes, whale watching tours, day trips to the nearby village of Masca or a cable car ride up Mount Teide in the Teide National Park.
Visitors can also choose to take a stroll to either Puerto Santiago or Los Gigantes for something different, or catch a bus to the busy Playa de las Americas for a night on the town.
In general, Playa la Arena is restful and laid-back, and offers a range of activity and relaxation for all types of holidaymakers.