Many travelers today are familiar with the idea of an “all inclusive” resort, designed to make guests stay within the resort boundaries to consume all meals and enjoy entertainment. Isla Verde is more of an All-inclusive Destination. For those wanting a central location from which they can explore the highlights of an exciting vacation destination, Isla Verde is pretty hard to match. Isla Verde offers an exciting nightlife, great hotels for every budget, a beautiful Caribbean beach. Nearby you can explore UNESCO sites, quiet beaches, great shopping, world class natural attractions, exhilarating activities, quiet beaches and much more. Within a half hour of arriving to the airport, you could be checking into your hotel, no precious vacation time is wasted on travel when you choose Isla Verde.
Best Things to Do in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde is just minutes away from the airport, shortly after checking into your hotel you’ll be steps away from sinking your toes on the sand and jumping into the warm waters of Isla Verde under the Puerto Rican sun. You’ll be tempted to stay within the resort to enjoy the beach, restaurants and entertainment, but there’s so much to enjoy a short distance away from Isla Verde sure to make you fall in love with Puerto Rico making you want to come back to the island to see more.
Isla Verde gives visitors easy reach to San Juan’s shopping and nightlife, secluded beaches on neighboring towns, and a treasure trove of activities to choose from for nature lovers. Want fun on the water? No problem, Isla Verde is known for offering a variety of water sports. Be sure to book a game of golf, world class courses are a short drive away. Book a half hour flight to Vieques or Culebra and experience the Caribbean of the past; Vieques boasts the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world, and Culebra has bragging rights to Flamenco Beach, one of the most top rated beaches in the world for decades where you can snorkel along sea turtles. City lovers can hit the hot spots along Isla Verde Avenue & nearby capital city of San Juan. History buffs will have plenty of places that will take them back in time from the early Taino culture, the Spanish settlements, to the plantations life of eras past.
Thrill-seeking? Schedule a surfing class, try fly boarding, or rent a jet ski to ride wild waves. Have an artistic soul? Photograph or paint the myriad of landscapes that make this island paradise. Foodie? You will find stellar gourmet cuisine of freshly caught seafood to the hearty and humble local fare. Visitors on a budget will find plenty of free activities and interesting places to visit without breaking the wallet.
Here is our list of the top 15 things to do in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
Play & Relax on the Beaches of Isla Verde
Isla Verde has the best beaches in the Metro Region of Puerto Rico. Light golden sand, tall palm trees framing the shore and warm turquoise water for refreshing and playing after basking under the Puerto Rican sun. Isla Verde has some of the best and trendiest beachfront resorts in Puerto Rico so guests can jump right in, just a few steps away. Unlike most city Caribbean City destinations, Isla Verde beach is long and wide with world class attractions nearby, so they are rarely crowded, there’s plenty of sand for visitors to find an open relaxing spot. More about Isla Verde Puerto Rico Beaches
Try your Luck at the Casinos
Ask locals and most of them will agree that Isla Verde is the place to go for casino action with an exciting nightlife. You enjoy a variety of popular table games and slot machines. Casinos Hotels & Resorts in Isla Verde stand out for their attractive lounges, live entertainment and fantastic dining experiences. Isla Verde has a casino for every traveler from sophisticated and glamorous to more casual ambiance.
Hop the Trendy Lounges of Isla Verde
Isla Verde is a popular vacation destination in the metro area offering loungers and bars from trendy rooftops overlooking the water to casual open air to luxurious classy lounges at the hottest resorts along Isla Verde Avenue. Enjoy traditional drinks, Puerto Rican mixology, sports bars to watch the game, many with live music to dance the night away.
No vacation destination is complete without offerings of fun adventures and experiences on the water. Visitors to the beaches of Isla Verde can choose from a variety of water sports for the entire family to enjoy. Choose from fly boarding, parasailing, banana boat rides, catamaran rides, boat tours, jet ski rentals, surfing lessons, paddle boarding and more.
Walk the Streets of Old San Juan
Just a short taxi ride from Isla Verde, you can walk the streets of Old San Juan, the most vibrant and interesting historic city in the Caribbean. Don’t miss the forts of Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal, dine at exquisite restaurants and relaxed cafes, walk on scenic promenades, visit a historic church, eat a Piragua at one of the squares, shop for unique gifts and clothing pieces…and so much more. Experience the warmth and vibrancy uniquely found on the streets of Old San Juan. More about Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Casa Bacardi Distillery
Bacardi Distillery is the largest premium run distiller in the world, manufacturing producing more than 80% of the Bacardi consumed worldwide. The Bacardi Distillery is located in the municipality of Catano, you can get there by taking a short ferry ride from the pier in Old San Juan. Bacardi Distillery offers excellent tours: Historical Tour, Rum Tasting, Tour Mixology Tour, & Private Tasting with Food Pair Tour. The gift shop is amazing with many unique items only sold at the Bacardi Distillery. This is an excellent activity for groups traveling to Puerto Rico for an special event or business meeting. More about Bacardi Distiller tours.
Pack light and bring extra luggage, the capital city of San Juan offers the best shopping in the Caribbean. Old San Juan has a wonderful variety of locally owned shops offering one of a kind clothing, jewelry and gifts; you’ll also find famous US Retail Brands in the colorful historic streets. San Juan offers Plaza de las Americas, the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean, you can easily spend two days choosing from over 300 stores. The Mall of San Juan is the newest mall, housing luxury shops, fine excellent dining options and free live music shows.
Schedule a tee time for an unforgettable golf experience at one of the luxurious golf resorts along the east coast of Puerto Rico. West of Isla Verde is the town of Dorado, known for luxury world class golf courses along the golden coast. See golf resorts near Isla Verde / San Juan.
Take a stroll / bicycle along the boardwalk in Piñones, Loiza
Head towards Piñones, a short drive or scenic bike ride east of Isla Verde. Nature lovers will enjoy the simplicity of the boardwalk along miles of beaches with few crowds. When hungry, Piñones is a popular place for locals tbat prefer good and cheap traditional Puerto Rican food without all the frills, simple food kiosks, many built with recycled mis-matched materials called “Chinchorros”. The beaches are not raked or cleaned as often as in Isla Verde, they have a very rugged feel, although not perfectly manicured, the quiet more natural setting makes up for it.
You may feel quite happy lounging at the beach just steps from your hotel or resort in Isla Verde, but just a few minutes east on the neighboring town of Loiz, you’ll find a great beach which most likely you’ll have to yourself. La Posita means “The Little Pool”, although the beach is along the Atlantic Ocean, the beach area feels more like a natural pool. The natural wall created a protected area that keeps the strong surf from coming in, waters constantly flows through the rock wall, depending on the tide, the beach can be shallow or deeper, the water is crystal clear. During weekends, local families with children head to La Posita for a relaxed fun day with family and friends where children can swim and play on the water. You’ll have to bring everything to this beach, there are no beach rentals or restrooms in the area. Just pack your sunblock, beach towel, snorkel gear and a few snacks, from Isla Verde it makes a nice morning trip. More about La Posita Beach, Loiza, Puerto Rico
AquaSol Water Park
A great beach and a children’s water park…you can enjoy both at Balneario de Carolina. Aquasol is a small water park for children up to age 12. The waterpark is located on the east side of Carolina Beach, offers a 13,500 foot shallow pool with 30 fun interactive playgrounds, tanks, pirate ship, slides and more. The park is open during summer and school holiday breaks. See brochure (Spanish).
Take Surfing Lessons
Always wanted to learn how to surf? Pinegroove is a popular beach for surfers in Isla Verde, book a surfing lesson on the links below and cross it off your bucket list. Then come back to Puerto Rico to practice your new skills.
Museo del Niño de Carolina
Museo del Niño is a museum in Carolina offering residents and visitors 103 educational fun and educational exhibits. Exhibits cover the arts, sciences and technology. Visit official site for more info (Spanish).
Take a day trip to Icacos Cay
If you dreamed of experiencing a secluded island, swimming and snorkeling in crystal clear waters, be sure to book a trip to Cayo Icacos / Icacos Cay. Trips to Icacos leave from the marinas in Fajardo, a coastal town south east of Isla Verde. Most tour operators offer transportation. More about Icacos Cay – Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
Vieques Day Trip
Head to Vieques, one of the islands of Puerto Rico, home to the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. We recommend you take a flight from SJU to make the most of your day, it is well worth trip. Once you get there, rent scooter or jeep and go beach hopping. If you need inspiration, check out the beaches of Vieques, it will be one of the highlights of your vacation in Puerto Rico.
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