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Luquillo Beach

Luquillo Beach is a long strip of sand where the San Juan Locals like to spend there days. There is water sport rental equipment for rent and a few local food stands selling authentic food. Not a very touristy place.

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Ocean Park Beach

Ocean Park Beach in San Juan is a Relaxing place to spend the day. It set in a residential area, and because the water is not as calm as the other beaches, windsurfing and volleyball are the activities of choice. This is a great Beach to just go and relax, take the sun and let the day pass you by. Close to the cruise ship terminal in Old San Juan also so you can take a taxi there for about $10

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Flamingo Beach

Flamingo beach in San Juan is about 3 miles in length and is not that busy. It is far from the cruise ship terminal so not many cruise ship visitors to San Juan visit this beach. It is located on Culbera Island and the sand is white and soft and the water is calm.

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Condado Beach

Condado Beach in San Juan is about 15 minutes away form Old San Juan and the cruise Ship terminal. It is a busy beach with lots of hotels and is located in a busy area with restaurants and bars. Condado is a great place to spend the day when in San Juan and the beach is alright too. The sand is not white and the water is riff with big waves, so a leisurely swim is out of the question. But if you just want to get wet,lay on the sand and take some sun this is a nice place because after the beach time you can walk around town and grab a really nice lunch at one of the many authentic restaurants.

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Apr 18, 2011
Condado beach is nice. it is about a 10 minute cab ride from the ship. you can use some of the resorts facilities around the area. we hung out at the Radison hotel. the sand is dark but the water was nice

Jun 24, 2013
Condado Beach is not the best beach in San Juan that you can find but it is the closest one to the cruise ship pier. about ten minutes away.

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Isla Verde Beach

Isla Verde beach in San Juan is one of the nicest beaches with the softest sand. Great place to spend the day after a long night out in the town or after a morning of walking the streets. There are any restaurants that line the beach with restroom facilities and shaded areas to relax under some trees. This is a popular beach so it is often crowded with cruise ship tourist.

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San Juan Has always been one of my favorite cruise destination in the Caribbean. San Juan has so many amazing Restaurants and great Food. Put on your walking shores and go for a walk in Old San Juan, Stop for some tasty Puerto Rican Food and visit one of the two forts within walking distance to the Cruise Ship. San Juan is a great place to have a romantic day out walking with your partner.

May 12, 2017

If your lucky to be on a cruise that's stays late in San Juan going out for dinner in San Juan is an amazing experience. They have so many amazing restaurants where you can eat authentic Puertorican food. A definite must even if it is just for lunch.

Apr 21, 2014

San Juan is the perfect port to put on your walking shoes and explore. their are great restaurants and local shops to buy souvenirs and there is 2 nice forts within walking distance.

Oct 19, 2012

Condado beach is a good place to hang out for the day. The sand isnt as nice as some other beaches but it is close to a lot of hotels and restaurants.

Jun 22, 2010
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Puerto Rico lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.  It is the easternmost and smallest of the Caribbean's Greater Antilles.  Miami is approximately 1,000 miles (two hours by plane) northwest of Puerto Rico.


The island's population is slightly under four million, with a slight majority living in and around the San Juan metropolitan area.


Puerto Rico enjoys a summery tropical climate.  Temperatures average 82 degrees F. (28 degrees C.) in winter and 85 degrees F. (29 degrees C.) in summer, and the trade winds provide constant breezes.

Port of San Juan
Paseo Concepcion de Garcia
Pier (Muelle) #4
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Travel Time: 8 miles from the San Juan International Airport; travel time is approximately 45 minutes. Taxi service is approximately $18.00 one-way.

Directions to the port:

Traveling from the San Juan International Airport
•    Leaving the airport, take Baldorioty Avenue.
•    Follow Baldorioty Avenue to San Juan (follow signs).
•    On the right, you will see a sign for Puentes Dos Hermanos (Condado Lagoon); stay in the left-hand lane and you will enter Puerta de Tierra.
•    After three traffic lights, you will see the waterfront.
•    Continue on Concepcion de Garcia Avenue until you reach the port.
•    Proceed to Terminal #4.

•    There is no port parking facilities at the Port of San Juan.
•    There are public parking facilities in the area surrounding the port.

San Juan, Puerto Rico's buzzing capital, preserves the island's Spanish heritage in its colonial neighborhoods. The cobblestone streets of Old San Juan teem with restaurants and shops and a large concentration of art galleries and museums. New San Juan has its charms as well, particularly in its more storied residential architecture in Santurce and Miramar. Golden sand fronts the coastal areas of Ocean Park and Isla Verde, where peaceful sunsets rub shoulders with a nightlife that rocks until the early morning.

Things to Do

Escape the high-rises and highways of central San Juan for the cobbled streets in the walled city of Old San Juan, lined with Spanish townhouses decorated with wrought-iron balconies. Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, perched on a rocky promontory, provides a view of the entire city. San Juaneros head to the golden sands of Isla Verde Beach to swim and snorkel in the calm, clear waters. Hop on a ferry and tour the nearby Bacardi Distillery. At nearby Luquillo Beach, families swim in the calm waters.


Expect to find bargains galore in Puerto Rico, from luxury goods to local crafts. Browse the couture emporiums on Avenida Ashford in Condado, or look for trendy clothes and electronics at Plaza Las Americas, the biggest mall in the Caribbean. A stroll down the narrow side streets of Old San Juan reveals shops filled with vejigantes (painted Carnival masks), unique souvenirs, books and jewelry.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Nightlife starts late, with high-rollers rolling the dice in San Juan's casinos and Latin beats pouring out from funky beach bars on Isla Verde. In Old San Juan, head uphill to Calle San Sebastián and Calle Cristo for a lively mix of bars and restaurants. To get into the clubs and discos, be sure to dress to impress. On Sunday nights, sip rum cocktails and watch the sun set over Old San Juan in the evocative Paseo de la Princesa.

Restaurants and Dining

San Juan holds many global culinary surprises including splash-worthy steakhouses and sushi emporiums in Isla Verde, or casual Italian and Mexican eateries in Condado. Sample the island's rustic criolla cuisine, a blend of Spanish and African influences, in rustic spots in Old San Juan. Fresh catches of red snapper (chillo) and dolphinfish (dorado) ) are two widely available local favorites. Street-food aficionados will delight in codfish fritters or deep-fried cheese. Wash it down with black coffee, Cuba Libre rum cocktails, or cold beer.

City Layout

Metropolitan San Juan includes the walled Old San Juan at the end of a long peninsula, Puerta de Tierra, the narrow bridge of land between San Juan Bay and the Atlantic Ocean that connects the Old City with the rest of San Juan. You can take a bridge into Condado, a narrow strip of land between the ocean and a lagoon, or continue on to the Miramar neighborhood, a neighborhood of beautiful residential homes whose once seedy waterfront section is being revamped into a world-class leisure development. The city also includes Santurce, its traditional downtown area, which has also been experiencing a revitalization in recent years, with large theaters and old apartment buildings being polished up so that the sector is starting to shine again like it did in its 1940s heyday. The Hato Rey financial district has taken on an almost futuristic look with its elevated Tren Urbano and distinctive Puerto Rico Coliseum, which has something exciting going on just about every week. Río Piedras is the site of the University of Puerto Rico and one of the best street markets in the Caribbean.

The Condado strip of beachfront hotels, restaurants, casinos, and nightclubs is separated from Miramar by a lagoon. Isla Verde, another resort area, is near the airport, which is separated from the rest of San Juan by an isthmus.




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