Playa Honda has a lot to offer, it is much more than just the Arrecife Airport and commercial warehouses. It’s the second largest town in terms of population on the island. People tend to move to Playa Honda from Arrecife, as their families grow and they need more room. Property is sought after in the area and commands high prices, particularly in the zone of La Concha, where there is a fabulous beach and some spectacular houses.
There is a beautiful promenade along the front of Playa Honda, connecting Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen. which is very popular for walking and cycling. This is a great spot to sit and enjoy some food or a drink and watch the world go by, and there are some good restaurants and tapas bars along the front.
Playa Honda is a perfect location being in the centre of the island, it has lots of shops, employment, a great beach and connected to local regular transport. The area is also the industrial heart of the island – with many warehouses and small factories. The central location, close to both the air and seaport, has helped develop Playa Honda in this way.
Apart from the indoor Deiland Shopping Centre at Playa Honda there is a large Hiper Dino supermarket (formerly Vivo) and Garden Centre found opposite the end of the runway, Congelados Roper and AfricaMar are very popular for fresh meat, fish, fruit & vegetables and Mega Centro is your one stop shop, if you’re not sure where to buy something try there first – they have DIY, furniture, household goods, electrical, toys, garden equipment etc!
Playa Honda has two beaches, the first is Playa Honda beach and it's huge, it runs along the popular promenade.
Dimensions: 1900m long & 85m deep
Sand: medium golden
The second beach is Guacimeta beach and it stretches around the airport runway, you can stand and watch the planes land over your head! Not classed as a naturist beach but is known for it.
Dimensions: 1km long & 40m deep
You will be spoilt for choice when you want to eat out in Playa Honda, on the first floor of the Deiland Centre you will find KFC and Burger King if you want a fast food option, there are a plethora of bars offering burgers, sandwiches and tapas around the streets between Deiland and the sea front and if you’re looking for a restaurant just some of my favourites in that area are:
Calle Chimidas 8 (which is the road at the back of the Deiland Centre). Tel: 928 819 146
This restaurante offers dishes from around the world and all home made on the premises, you can find Japanese, Asian, Arabian, Portuguese and French dishes on the menu. Open Tues – Sat 1pm to 4pm and 7pm to late, Sunday 1pm to 6pm.
Avenida Playa Honda 21, (head down the side of Deiland on the main road, park at the bottom and its on the promenade on the left). Tel: 928 820 917 Web: www.emmaxrestaurante.com
A fantastic location with outdoor and indoor seating, direct sea views and the menu consists of Italian cooking with an Asian influence. Open 1pm to 11pm every day.
Churrasqueria El Buey Bueno
Situated on the right of the road heading up from Playa Honda to Güime / San Bartolomé. Tel: 928 821 921
This is a superb restaurant, they have an all you can eat menu which consists of a good selection of meat roasted on huge skewers and carved at your table, accompanied by salad and potatoes and all for €12 per head. Open Tues – Sat from 1pm to 4.30pm and 8pm to 11.30pm, just afternoons on Sundays.