Travelers going to Vieques, Culebra or other islands in the Caribbean often choose to spend one or two nights in Puerto Rico before taking their flight to their final destination. Cruisers often spend a night or two in San Juan, so this list is also perfect for them. All of the beaches are a short distance from the Old San Juan and Pan American piers. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, commonly known as San Juan Airport is near the beaches of Isla Verde and San Juan, giving travelers with limited time in Puerto Rico some great beach options…complete with water sports, world class attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping nearby. We’ve included a map below of the best beaches near the San Juan Airport for your convenience.
The beach of Isla Verde is literally just a short walk from the runway of Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, but for security purposes it is best to take a short 5 minute taxi drive. If you’re arriving to the airport and seek a nearby vacation destination that maximizes your time on the beach, Isla Verde is an excellent choice. If you’re a cruiser and have a few hours or night to spend before your departure back home, the hotels and resorts in Isla Verde offer the most convenience. “Isla Verde Beach” is actually two large and wide crescent shaped beaches divided into three partitions as shown in the map below (El Alambique Beach, Pine Grove Beach & Carolina Public Beach). All three are beautiful in their own way.
The beaches of Condado, a tourist district in the capital city of San Juan. Just a 15 minute ride from the San Juan Airport you can spend a relaxing day enjoying the beaches of Condado, easily accessible along Ashford Drive. You can ask your driver to drop you off at the following locations, where you’ll be steps away from the beach, shops and plenty of restaurants.
Condado Beach – steps from Ventana al Mar Park, offstreet parking and garage on Ashford Drive. La Concha Resort and San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offer direct beach access from property.
La Playita del Condado is right at the corner of Condado Plaza Hilton and Dos Hermanos Bridge. There’s a Starbucks, Denny’s, a few food trucks and more local restaurants within walking distance. The Condado Plaza rents lounge chairs and umbrellas. You may also get a nice lunch by the pool grill / bar and even schedule a massage on a private corner overlooking the water to the sounds of the waves.
Although not a beach, you may rent paddle boards and glide on the calm waters of the lagoon. There’s also kayak and paddle boat rentals at the Condado Lagoon Park at reasonable rates. There’s a tiny little beach at the corner of the lagoon with clear water that you may find enjoying by yourselves with great views of the city.
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