Dozens of hotels and self-catering holiday apartments are available; many can be booked direct or through major tour operators. Tourism related industries are the main employer in Los Cristianos.
Los Cristianos is also home to a plethora of bars and restaurants of varying styles, from ‘tapas’ bars to high quality local and international cuisine. Eating out is inexpensive; so many visitors opt for half-board or self-catering accommodation.
As a consequence of the tourism boom agriculture went into terminal decline and the last banana crop was harvested in the early 1990s. A small fishing fleet still operates from the harbour, but commercial shipping has all but been replaced with pleasure cruises and ferry services to the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.
Los Cristianos is also a major commercial centre for the south of Tenerife, with a vibrant high-street offering a range of small stores, catering for both tourists and residents alike. There are a number of small shopping malls as well as a number of major national-chain supermarkets.
Los Cristianos is also rapidly replacing Arona as the administrative centre of the south of Tenerife, with its own “Centro Cultural” which takes on many of the roles of the town-hall and Los Cristianos is also home to the “Juzgados de Arona” (County Courts).