The beaches of San Juan and Isla Verde, Carolina are some of the most visited on the island by tourists. While the beaches of San Juan and the Metro area are not the best in Puerto Rico, it is the most popular tourist destination for many great reasons. Those wishing for a quick weekend getaway love San Juan, Isla Verde, Dorado and Rio Grande for the convenient close location to the airport and excellent hotel choices.
The capital city of San Juan is the top popular tourist destination in Puerto Rico. San Juan has two beach destinations, Condado and Ocean Park. While the beaches in San Juan don’t possess the qualities of the more pristine beaches around the island, the variety of water sports such as swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, among others, make San Juan a popular beach destination. A beach vacation in San Juan offers a well rounded vacation experience with something for everyone. City lovers will enjoy a vibrant nightlife, lively entertainment, excellent dining choices and the best shopping malls in the Caribbean. From San Juan you can easily explore world class historic attractions, to points of interest such as El Yunque Rainforest, Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve, the Camuy River Cave Park and more.
The tourist district of Isla Verde is a popular beach destination in the metro area of Carolina, the town next door to San Juan, home to San Juan International Airport (SJU). Isla Verde is a great weekend beach escape, just minutes from the airport, with great city beaches, a vibrant nightlife, family friendly beachfront resorts, just a 10 minute taxi ride from Old San Juan.
Best Beaches in San Juan / Metro Area
Isla Verde Beach – Isla Verde, Carolina
+ Isla Verde Beach
Best beach for: hotels on the beach, beachfront dining, water sports, budget friendly apartment rentals on the beach, city life, nearby points of interest in San Juan, clean sand. Isla Verde is just a short 5-10 minute drive from the airport. More about Isla Verde Puerto Rico Beach.
Condado Beach – San Juan Puerto Rico
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Best beach for: city life, luxurious beachfront resort choices and sexy-ness.
Condado is sexy, chic and clean. Condado is an excellent location, within walking distance to many restaurants, shopping, casinos, the Condado Lagoon and easy access to attractions in Old San Juan. Although the water is not always safe for swimming (depending on the weather and currents), the location and amenities nearby certainly make up for it, nearby there are more beaches to enjoy. More about Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
La Posita – Loiza, Puerto Rico
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Best beach for: quiet and uncrowded on weekdays, just 30 minutes from San Juan and minutes from Isla Verde, clear water, views of waves crashing against coral wall, surfing during winter months, food across the street and nearby, shallow water for small children, fun watching airplanes, off-street parking. More about La Posita Beach, Loiza, Puerto Rico
Best Hotels / Resorts near Beaches in the Metro Area
San Juan offers a few resorts and hotels on the beach from modern and trendy to elegant and luxurious.
If you prefer to narrow down your search by location:
- Condado offers luxurious beachfront hotels, and more affordable hotels just a few blocks away from the beach.
- Ocean Park has a more laid back feel with small inns and restaurants.
- Isla Verde, tourist district just 10 minutes from San Juan, offers a variety of hotels and resorts on the beach of Isla Verde and various budget friendly hotels within walking distance of the beach.
Families with children who want to swim, consider staying at one of the beachfront hotels in Isla Verde’s Pine Grove Beach. In Condado, take a look at the Condado Plaza, with easy access to La Playita del Condado. Caribe Hilton is a family friendly resort with its own beach. Please keep in mind that if you rent a car, San Juan is a great home base location with easy access to more wonderful beaches around the island.
About Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico ⎜ Isla Verde Puerto Rico ⎜ Culebra, Puerto Rico ⎜ Vieques, Puerto Rico ⎜ Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico ⎜ Dorado, Puerto Rico ⎜ Fajardo, Puerto Rico ⎜ Guanica, Puerto Rico ⎜ Isabela, Puerto Rico ⎜ Lajas, Puerto Rico ⎜ Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ⎜ Ponce, Puerto Rico ⎜ Rio Grande, Puerto Rico ⎜ Rincon Puerto Rico