Monkeys, Snorkeling & Sunsets

The last few days of my vacation in The Canary Islands consisted of a few of my favorite things; monkeys, snorkeling and sunsets. 

We spent our day Saturday morning at the Monkey Park in Los Christianos where you have the chance to interact with all different types of monkeys on a very personal level. There were a few monkeys in zoo cages – but these were for the “more dangerous” monkeys. Me, being the rebel I am, fed the ones behind bars, anyways.

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This little lemur below was my favorite.

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I told you I’m a monkey enthusiast!

After our trip the Monkey Park, we took a taxi to one of the most famous beaches in South Tenerife; Playa de Los Christianos, where we suited up for snorkeling! I didn’t bring my camera out on the boat with me, for the fear of being clumsy and dropping it, but we took some group shots in our wetsuits and headed out on the water.

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I’m definitely not the first one to say this, but getting a wetsuit on is probably one of the most uncomfortable, difficult, and awful processes you could ever go through. For those of you who have tried putting a wetsuit on – I know you’re with me on this one! For those of you who haven’t – prepare for your fingers to feel like they are going to bleed and fall off.

Okay maybe I’m being dramatic (yes, definitely), but it sucks and I hate it.

Otherwise, we snorkeled with a great company called Aqua-Marina Dive Center . They we’re extremely welcoming and helpful with getting everything coordinated. I contacted them in advance to confirm prices and they ended up offering us a 10% discount because there were five of us – which was awesome. With the 10% discount it was 27 Euros, and the price included a wetsuit, a snorkeling mask, flippers, candy on the boat, and a water bottle. They also spoke English really well, so I highly recommend them!

After snorkeling, we were exhausted and spent the rest of the night relaxing and walking the beach. The sunsets on Tenerife are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

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I officially fell in love with Tenerife this exact Saturday.

If the sunset pictures alone don’t make you want to visit The Canaries, I don’t know what will!

Sushi & Sahara Sand Beaches in The Canaries

I recently spent five days in The Canary Islands – and I didn’t want to leave.

Four other girls in my study abroad group and I landed on the island of Tenerife last Thursday night. We were greeted to gloomy overcast skies and a light rain, but wasted no time by hopping a taxi to make our way to the small town of Candelaria.

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There are 13 islands that make up the Canary archipelago, with Tenerife being the largest and Santa Cruz de Tenerife being the capital of the all the islands.

The majority of the cities we stopped in on the island, as well as the cities we drove through on our way to Los Christianos in the south, are very modern and industrialized. I was expecting a lot of old spanish architecture, as the islands are technically owned by Spain, but the modern industrialized look isn’t bad either.

The first day we decided to take the public bus (which was cheap, clean and efficient) to the capital of the island, Santa Cruz. We stepped off the bus to a beautiful view of the ocean and the “Auditorio De Tenerife.”

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It’s often referred to as “The Sydney of The Atlantic,” as it’s architecture resembles that of the famous Sydney Opera House.

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It was absolutely breathtaking. We sat on the edge of a concrete wall that blockades the waves from crashing to shore; turning our heads side-to-side to see the sparkling blue water contrast the auditorium that has become the ocean’s famous front row seat. It’s the definition of picturesque. I could have sat there for hours if I had the time!

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After walking around the Auditorium (and never getting a decent jumping picture), we went on the hunt for lunch.

The realization that I wouldn’t be eating Moroccan food (which yes, is delicious, but becomes tiresome for every meal) made me giddy – like a three-year old who gets to try pizza for the first time. My mind was set on finding sushi, my long-lost lover, and oh, did we find it!

Not twenty minutes of walking up a main street, we came across an all-you-can-eat conveyor belt sushi restaurant for 11 Euros.

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With a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cleanse the taste buds, of course.

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After this we hopped the next bus for a quick ride up to one of the most famous (man-made) beaches in Tenerife. Tenerife is a volcanic island, so the only naturally occurring sand is black, but this mile long strip of sand was imported from the Sahara Desert.

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The contrast of the gold sand and blue sky against the volcanic cliffs not 400 meters away was beautiful.

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As the sun set, we all walked the entirety of the beach. Talking, laughing, and enjoying the last little bits of the suns’ warmth.

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The sun set behind the cliff side and that was the end of Tenerife day one. I couldn’t have asked for a better first day of island vacation!

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Cheers to Tenerife!