You’ll want to decide whether you are going to fly or drive to New Orleans.  If you fly, you will need to decide if you want to rent a car once you’re there.  New Orleans is not a particularly car-friendly city, so unless you’ll be driving in or will be visiting far-flung locations that are not feasible for streetcar, cab or tour bus transportation, you’ll probably want to forgo the car.  If you’re thinking about driving, you’ll want to see how much time you have to visit plantations, casinos, and other attractions that are en route to the City.  If you can take a day or two traveling to and from New Orleans, you can explore a lot of surrounding area, and it will be worth your while to have a car with you.

Getting to New Orleans


The Louis Armstrong Airport (code MSY) is not in New Orleans proper.  It’s about 15 miles away in Kenner.  A cab ride to the heart of New Orleans takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs $33 for the first passenger (plus tip).

There is a more economical shuttle service going from the airport about every 30 minutes for $20 one way, or $38 for a round-trip ticket.

Town cars are also available, and of course you may choose to rent a car.  The downside to renting a car is detailed below in the “driving” section.

Hotels generally do not have shuttle services, but you may want to check with your hotels of choice and see if any do provide transportation.  It could easily swing your vote one way or the other, if you’re on the fence regarding a few different hotels.

The main advantage to flying in and taking a cab or shuttle to town is that you will not have to worry about garaging your vehicle, which can be an expensive proposition.  Unless you’re planning on going somewhere that requires you drive, it’s best to enjoy New Orleans without a vehicle to tie you down.


If you’re driving into New Orleans, you’ll find the main thoroughfares easy enough to navigate.  Watch out for one way streets and tiny cross roads.  If you drive into the French Quarter, be aware that Bourbon Street is blocked off to vehicular traffic in the evenings.  All of the streets in the French Quarter and Central Business District are very narrow.  The exception is Canal Street, which divides the two sections of town and is quite wide.

Construction in the Central Business District and on the main roads is not at all uncommon.  If any buildings in the French Quarter are undergoing renovation, it’s quite likely the dumpsters and any necessary equipment supporting the renovation will be in the street, further congesting the area.  If you will be driving around the town, be prepared to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, watch out for pedestrians, and have patience.  You’ll need it.  Take the opportunity to do as much people-watching as you can, and the time will not be wasted.

When you arrive at your destination, you will likely have to use the valet, and almost definitely will need to pay to park.  Depending on your location, the cost will range from $5 or $10 for the evening to $20 – $30 or more for overnight garaging.  Most parking lots do not allow in-and-out privileges, unless you’re staying at the hotel associated with them.



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Las Cañadas del Teide

Las Cañadas del Teide. Rising up through the ever-changing landscape, via barren lava flows from the south or steep green valleys from the north, you will pass through banana plantations (you can’t miss them, they’re everywhere!) and pine forests, and all roads ultimately arrive at the stunning national park of ‘Las Cañadas del Teide’ (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Mad Max, One Million Years B.C. – a few of the many films that were partly shot here). The national park is a breath-taking array of lava-born rocks of different shapes, sizes and colours, volcanic cones and craters spread over a vast area, all at an altitude of around 2000 metres. Rising up as the centerpiece of this other-worldly scenario is the volcano Mount Teide itself which, at 3718 metres (12,199 ft), is the highest mountain in all of Spain. In clear weather you can see the entire Canarian archipelago from the summit (accessible by cable car only, which doesn’t work when it’s icy or windy). All in all a truly mesmerizing place and one which every visitor to Tenerife must see! 

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Barranco del Infierno. Translated as Hell’s Gorge, it can be found in the southern town of Adeje. Heralded as the deepest ravine in the Canaries, this walk will take you about three hours there and back. It’s breath-taking in more than one sense! It’s by no means a difficult or hazardous walk for anyone in normal health as you as you are careful and watch where you are going (just don’t wear flip-flops!). The mouth of the ravine is as you would expect in the dry south of the island: sparse rock faces littered with giant cacti and hardy plants. But as you make your way further inland the walls of the ravine grow narrower and higher (almost vertical) around you, the temperature grows cooler (in some parts daylight hardly penetrates) and everything suddenly goes green! The unexpected appearance of mass vegetation here is due to the abundance of water in this small area, and indeed the walk culminates in a waterfall – it may not rival Niagara, but it is a rare sight in these dry volcanic islands!

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Anaga Mountains

In the east beyond Santa Cruz the Anaga mountains fill the north east corner of Tenerife. The Anaga coastline is one of inaccessible cliffs and jutting rocks. Older than the island’s central mountain range, the mountains are an awe-inspiring collection of volcanic peaks providing fantastic views of the north coast. Hidden in the folds of the mountain range and often barely accessible by roads, you can still find villages where people live in adapted caves, where the ancestors of modern-day Canarios once lived. You can really get away from it all here! 

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Location & Climate: 9/10
Cool for Kids: 4/10
Daytime Fun: 4/10
Beaches & Watersports: 4/10
Nighttime Options: 6/10
In a Nutshell: Nice, quiet family resort overall rating: 5/10


Only 5/10? Well yes, but it’s better than it sounds. It is a few miles west of Las Americas and Los Cristianos and has one of the best and steadiest climates on the islands. It is in equal part residential and touristic. There is a small, basic beach, although there are plans afoot to upgrade it. There are quite a few bars and restaurants along the seafront and a couple of (over-priced) supermarkets.

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