Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is well signposted from the airports, and most areas of the Island. There is no direct bus service from the airport. Buses from the capital Arrecife run every 20 minutes and cost aprox. 1.50€ (as 2007). Buses from Costa Teguise also run every 20 minutes throughout most days. A taxi from the airport is about 11€ (as 2011). A list of bus lines can be found here.
Hire cars, electrobikes, mopeds and buses are all plentiful here. Buses to places other than Arrecife and Costa Teguise are scarce. Plenty of rent-a-cars at reasonable prices.
Virtually all establishments will have at least one employee conversant in English. Most locals will also know a couple words and would be happy to help you practice your Spanish if you wish to.
Stroll along the main avenue. It is possible to walk all the way to the neighbouring resort of along the coastline. Visit the Old Town and Port.
Do the beaches. Don't forget to take a tour to the islands main sights (Jameos del agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Mirador del Río, Jardin de Cactus, El Golfo, Fundación César Manrique). A couple of Discos and pubs can make for shorter nights. Puerto del Carmen is a happening place for all the ages. There are lots of things to do in Puerto del Carmen other than the usual sightseeing, like enjoying a day with the animals and swimming with sea lions at Rancho Texas Animal Park or going for an entertaining time at Rancho Texas Country Night, go for Day or Night Fishing, Learn Surfing, Snorkelling and Scuba Diving or Starlight 6D Cinema and movie time, another great night with the whole family.
Plenty of gift shops full of souvenirs and the like. Avoid, at all costs, the Hindu electronic shops. With a few exceptions (ask a local or a guide), all of them are experts in bait-and-switch tactics and other fraudulent behaviour. Anything you buy from them will not work as advertised and may even have technical problems, and any effort to find a solution will be fruitless as none of them are in any way tech-savvy. Other than the Hindu electronic shops, all the others are decent businesses that you can safely buy anything from.
Many of the smaller supermarkets have prices highly inflated for tourists, so it would be to your advantage to buy from larger supermarket chains. The international press is available in several newstands and supermarkets. There are plenty of floating toys, snorkeling gear, towels and stuff for the kids on the beach. The Biosphere is a shopping center on the outskirts of the Old Town with curious architecture built into what was previously a hugh hole in the volcanic rock. There are a handful of bars and restaurants and a decent array of highstreet branded fashion outlets including Zara, Footlocker, Benneton, Timberland all generally retailing cheaper than the UK equivalents. The Biosfera is certainly worth a visit, with 4 floors of shops and bars.
The entire front-water strip is packed neck-to-neck with bars and restaurants. There is 1 McDonalds and 1 Burger King in the Old Town. The main strip has a cosmopolitan range of restaurants mostly catering for the tourist trade at a reasonable standard and price.
The entire front-water strip is packed neck-to-neck with bars and restaurants. Most of them would charge under 3€ for a beer (as 2007). English bars are also a dime a dozen throughout the area, and some Irish bars selling international beers on draught can be found near the Biosfera Plaza Shopping Centre.
Plenty of 3 and 4 star hotels and apartments available for rent. It's not hard to find stays for under 60€ a day (as 2007) with very high standards of quality and service.
Crime is almost non-existent. Your greatest threat will be traffic--especially as you progress towards the old town, which hosts a combination of small roads, poor visibility, and overconfident drivers. Never cross when a car is coming; even if it seems like you'd make it.
Buses to Arrecife, the airport, and neighbouring resorts run repeatedly on most days.