The Avenida de Las Playas, the main street in the town, extends some seven kilometres along the island's southern coast, with beaches on one side and many restaurants, bars, shops and other tourist attractions on the other. The old town includes the harbour and docks, the Puerto Tinosa. Here there are a smaller variety of restaurants and bars with views across the harbour and the sea to the volcanic mountains of Papagayo.
Puerto del Carmen offers a large number of diving centres and scuba diving is one of the most popular sports there as water temperatures vary from 20 degrees in the winter to 23 degrees in the summer and visibility averages over 25 meters to 30 metres.Puerto del Carmen is also known as Pto. del Carmen.
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