Santa Cruz de Tenerife (sănˈtə krōz dā tānārēˈfā) [key], city (1990 pop. 222,892), capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife prov., Spain, a port on Tenerife island in the Canary Islands. Vegetables, tobacco, and bananas are exported. The construction of an oil refinery and the development of other industries has diversified the economy. The city's splendid scenery and mild subtropical climate make it a favorite tourist resort.