I’ve been living in Tenerife since October of last year but in the Capitol of Santa Cruz. Since I was here to work remotely but also reclaim my Spanish citizenship, I opted to sign a rental contract, which runs 1/3 the cost of an Airbnb.
If you plan to stay more than 3 months, I would strongly recommend that. Any leasing office can help you and their fee (one month) is easily saved with the hugely reduced rent. All you need is a passport.
I do not particularly enjoy living in Santa Cruz. It’s more of a pueblo than a true city – although it doesn’t look like it. The locals in Santa Cruz don’t have as much interaction with foreigners as in other parts of the island and so they can be a bit reserved and stand-offish. Though they are warm on first meeting, it’s hard to get to know them or break into their circles.
Few locals go out in the evenings, and entertain at home instead. This is very different from other parts of Spain. After 7pm it’s pretty dead except for a few streets with shops or bars. This is true throughout most of the island with the exception of the South.
No matter where you live, get involved with some kind of local activity to meet people. To say the people here have “island mentality”) as in Hawaii would be a polite way of putting it. I’ve had rocks thrown at me while surfing, and had a guy punch me in the face just walking down the street. But this was all in the Bajamar area which is notoriously redneck. Visit but beware. Haha.
I’ve only spent a few days in Puerto de la Cruz, and while it’s pretty, it’s also pretty freaking dead most of the year. This was once the hot spot for travelers but no more. If you don’t speak German, you won’t be able to interact with most visitors. And further, most visitors there are old and dying. That being said, there is a co-working space there that you linked to, but every time I went it was completely empty. For the price they ask, I’d suggest you check it out first. If you’re gonna be alone you can save the loot and work from home.
As stated by someone else, car rentals are cheap. You can actually rent a car monthly for 300 euros, which is a screaming deal. This includes full insurance and they’ll even take cash, so there’s no need to let them have your card on file. You can then take that car on the ferry to other islands, which is a great way to explore.
There is also a great bus network that covers the whole island which is super cheap. Not sure what the other poster was talking about…sounds like they only explored taxis. These buses have pretty much 24-7 service along major routes and you can cross the island for about 3 euros. It’s a great way to get around, comfortable and air conditioned.
Tenerife is full of awesome hiking, fishing, surfing. If you like nature, you’ll love it. If you want a more cosmopolitan experience with lots of digital nomads, definitely go to Gran Canaria instead. With only 40 miles between them, these islands are world’s apart. I’d suggest visiting both before locking anything down in terms of housing.
In closing, just don’t expect to “experience Spain” while here in the Canaries. The islands are mostly full of Venezuelans and Cubans. This means people are even more “tranquilo” than in Spain. Plans made are never firm, and expect things that should happen quickly to take a long time.
The food is not Spanish by any means and rather bland. But I’m from California and eat like a Mexican, so maybe it’s just my taste. Not saying it’s bad, just not very good either. If you’ve been to Colombia, the food experience is similar, but the locals aren’t as friendly.
I’d rate it a B- compared to other places I’ve been. But you can live insanely cheap and the weather is great.
I’m leaving to live in Madrid Aug 15 so if you wanna meet up when you arrive let me know.
Thank you so much for all these informations.
Where have you find such a cheap car rental?
I have been through many websites but the minimum price I saw for a rent is 600 a month.
Which one did you get the car from?
I would also like to meet you, if it is possible.
It would be very interesting to connect with ambitious and kind people like you. (we also both work remotely, in a way or another, so I’m definetely interesting in offering you a tea and talk about it if you’d like).
Thank you so much again for all these precious informations,
I returned from Puerto de la Cruz last month, I had been there for just over 2 months from April — June and had such an awesome time. I stayed in the co-living and worked in the co-working space offered by coworkinginthesun.com. In my opinion it was a little over priced for what it was, but there was a good group of us there at that time mostly in our 20’s and 30’s and we all hung out together. I also rented a car from a company called “orlando” (but booked it online through a comparison website) which cost around £190 for 30 days (that’s without the full insurance and I also had to pay around €50 for the initial fuel, but I could return the car empty). The awesome thing with the canary islands is their incredibly low tax; petrol is around €0.85 a litre (at least it was while I was there a month ago). Also, I was 24 at the time (turned 25 last month), so was still classed as a young driver when I hired the car. I used travelsupermarket.com to book the car. I’m returning to Puerto on August 25th and using the co-living and co-working space from Co-Working in the Sun again for at least a month, so I may see you there if you’re going to use the co-working space. Otherwise drop me a message nearer the time and we’ll go for a beer. I’ve been told there’s going to be 4 other co-workers there around the time I’m there