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The native language is Spanish.  
 
The native language is Spanish.  
In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north English is spoken by fewer. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.
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In the south English is spoken by everyone, with German and Italian common too. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.
  
 
In the local dialect a soft 'c' is pronounced as 's' rather than as 'th' on the Spanish mainland, so cinco (five) is 'sinko', not 'thinko'.
 
In the local dialect a soft 'c' is pronounced as 's' rather than as 'th' on the Spanish mainland, so cinco (five) is 'sinko', not 'thinko'.
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TITSA buses cover most of the island and the buses are fairly frequent. A BONO travel card is a good idea if you intend to spend some time travelling on the buses as they can save 50-70% on journey costs. Only one card is needed by any number in a group and can be bought at bus stations as well as some tobacconists. Beware of the morning (~7-8) traffic jams on the highway in the direction of Santa Cruz! A tram line operates between Santa Cruz and La Laguna; the BONO card is valid there.
 
TITSA buses cover most of the island and the buses are fairly frequent. A BONO travel card is a good idea if you intend to spend some time travelling on the buses as they can save 50-70% on journey costs. Only one card is needed by any number in a group and can be bought at bus stations as well as some tobacconists. Beware of the morning (~7-8) traffic jams on the highway in the direction of Santa Cruz! A tram line operates between Santa Cruz and La Laguna; the BONO card is valid there.
  
You can also prebook an airport transfer with [http://www.tenerifeairporttransfer.co.uk Tenerife Airport Transfers] who possess a wide range of vehicles such as shuttle buses, minibus, limousines and coaches.
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You can also prebook an airport transfer with [http://www.tenerifeairporttransfer.co.uk Tenerife Airport Transfers] who possess a wide range of vehicles such as shuttle buses, minibus, limousines and coaches or [http://www.booktaxitenerife.com Book Taxi Tenerife] who have a welcome desk at arrival lounge of Tenerife South Airport.
  
 
=== Driving the roads ===
 
=== Driving the roads ===
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The local police take a dim view of any form of trouble, and will arrest not just the culprits but anyone they suspect was involved. This will involve at least a 24-hour stay in the local jail and usually a fine, but it will not be a life-scarring experience. They will also arrest anyone who tries to sleep on a beach at night. Local law enforcement (police and Guardia Civil) are known to be very heavy-handed, and physical violence towards suspected troublemakers is common.
 
The local police take a dim view of any form of trouble, and will arrest not just the culprits but anyone they suspect was involved. This will involve at least a 24-hour stay in the local jail and usually a fine, but it will not be a life-scarring experience. They will also arrest anyone who tries to sleep on a beach at night. Local law enforcement (police and Guardia Civil) are known to be very heavy-handed, and physical violence towards suspected troublemakers is common.
  
Take note that when walking through Playas De Las Americas there are a lot of clubs and accompanying drunkenness in the night hours.
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Take note that when walking through Playas De Las Americas there are a few clubs and there may be some accompanying drunkenness in the night hours.
  
 
There are no scorpions or snakes to worry about. Mosquitoes can bite at night, especially away from the coast, but they do not carry malaria.
 
There are no scorpions or snakes to worry about. Mosquitoes can bite at night, especially away from the coast, but they do not carry malaria.
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Do not take electrical items, credit cards or large amounts of cash to the beach if you plan to leave your goods unattended while swimming.
 
Do not take electrical items, credit cards or large amounts of cash to the beach if you plan to leave your goods unattended while swimming.
  
The sun is extremely strong this close to the equator, so use plenty of high factor sun cream and do not sunbathe between midday and three o'clock (this is when the beaches are busiest anyway).
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The sun is extremely strong this close to the equator, so use plenty of high factor sun cream and do not sunbathe between midday and three o'clock.
  
 
===Scams===
 
===Scams===
  
Many, many shops on the island selling electrical and optical goods as well as cameras. You may think you are getting a bargain from these smooth talking salesmen but you aren't. You will overpay for something you could buy cheaper at home and even cheaper off eBay. Your goods may be faulty. Your guarantee will probably be worthless. Your video camera may be SECAM which means a B&W picture in the UK (PAL). These shops are everywhere in the tourist areas and so many people have been cheated by them for so many years. Also, beware of places that sell video games (mainly for the Nintendo Game Boy or DS) as they are usually bootlegs.
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Many, many shops on the island selling electrical and optical goods as well as cameras. You may think you are getting a bargain from these smooth talking salesmen but you aren't. You will overpay for something you could buy cheaper at home and even cheaper off eBay. Your goods may be faulty and your guarantee (if you get any) will most likely be worthless. Your video camera may be SECAM which means a B&W picture in the UK (PAL). These shops are everywhere in the tourist areas and so many people have been cheated by them for so many years. Also, beware of places that sell video games (mainly for the Nintendo Game Boy or DS) as they are usually bootlegs.
  
 
If you are holidaying in Tenerife you are probably going to be approached by "scratchcard touts" whose main aim is to part you with several thousand pounds for worthless contracts for time-share apartments.  This view is backed up by the [http://www.oft.gov.uk/news/press/2007/141-07 UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT)] who suggest that every year 400,000 UK consumers fall victim to these scams in destinations such as Tenerife, the Costa del Sol and Gran Canaria. On average each victim loses more than £3,000. These people usually seek for tourists on the road, by checking if your rental car has a sticker for a car rental company on them, before asking if you're English, then taking you to their timeshare club if you say you are. Another tactic is standing out on the road in popular villa-based areas, stopping passers-by. In both circumstances, a polite "No thank you" or walking away simply stops them bothering you. Waiting outside boating docks where popular tourist boat rides settle is occasional. Bogus "scratchcard touts" offer cards that will always be a winner, but to collect their prize, people need to attend a lengthy presentation and are persuaded into signing a contract for an "exclusive" club on the basis of false claims as to the price, range and quality of holidays available. The OFT's is advising people to ask three simple questions: can you take away the contract to consider at your leisure? Is everything you were promised in the presentation in the contract? Do you know exactly what you are getting for your money? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then simply walk away.
 
If you are holidaying in Tenerife you are probably going to be approached by "scratchcard touts" whose main aim is to part you with several thousand pounds for worthless contracts for time-share apartments.  This view is backed up by the [http://www.oft.gov.uk/news/press/2007/141-07 UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT)] who suggest that every year 400,000 UK consumers fall victim to these scams in destinations such as Tenerife, the Costa del Sol and Gran Canaria. On average each victim loses more than £3,000. These people usually seek for tourists on the road, by checking if your rental car has a sticker for a car rental company on them, before asking if you're English, then taking you to their timeshare club if you say you are. Another tactic is standing out on the road in popular villa-based areas, stopping passers-by. In both circumstances, a polite "No thank you" or walking away simply stops them bothering you. Waiting outside boating docks where popular tourist boat rides settle is occasional. Bogus "scratchcard touts" offer cards that will always be a winner, but to collect their prize, people need to attend a lengthy presentation and are persuaded into signing a contract for an "exclusive" club on the basis of false claims as to the price, range and quality of holidays available. The OFT's is advising people to ask three simple questions: can you take away the contract to consider at your leisure? Is everything you were promised in the presentation in the contract? Do you know exactly what you are getting for your money? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then simply walk away.

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