Backed by the high rise buildings of San Juan, Condado Beach. Because this is a public beach it is usually pretty crowded, but be warned: the undertow here can be strong a times, though it makes for a great surfing environment.
Situated near the heart of Condado District, Condado Beach is on the North East coast of Puerto Rico. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that beaches here are generally pretty quiet. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are more likely to have fun at Condado Beach, which is closer to all the action.
To access Condado Beach, take Avenida Ashford to Park la Ventana al Mar where you will find parking.
Situated in the western corner of San Juan, Condado Beach is protected by a natural rock barrier that creates smooth waters. The beach is modest, but features tan colored sand, aquamarine waters, plenty of shade, and a separate lagoon.
There is also a snack bar here. On some days, it may be possible to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. As one of the few public beaches in the area, Condado Beach attracts a lot of locals. Tourists to San Juan not staying at a beachfront hotel also frequent the beach during the day.
Bear in mind that Condado Beach's location is rather congested, so factor that into your plans.
Visitors will find this beach on the North East coast of Puerto Rico. It is close to Casino del Mar, which is found about a hundred yards away, and it is one of the area's attractions.
Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (situated just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and a whole new way to view Puerto Rico's traditions and culture.
If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.
|Casino del Mar||Casino||0.1 mi.||SE||Puerto Rico|
|Diamond Palace Casino||Casino||0.3 mi.||SE||Puerto Rico|
|Marriott Stellaris Casino||Casino||0.3 mi.||ESE||Puerto Rico|
|Conrad San Juan Condado Plaza Casino||Casino||0.4 mi.||WNW||Puerto Rico|
|Radisson Ambassador Plaza Casino||Casino||0.5 mi.||ESE||Puerto Rico|
|Museo de Arte Contemporaneo||Museum||0.5 mi.||S||Puerto Rico|
|Art Gallery||0.8 mi.||SE||Puerto Rico|
|Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico||Museum||0.9 mi.||SE||Puerto Rico|
|Museum||1.5 mi.||E||Puerto Rico|
|Museo de arte de Puerto Rico||Museum||1.5 mi.||E||Puerto Rico|
|Museum||1.5 mi.||E||Puerto Rico|
Tourists at Condado Beach who are hoping to find further attractions should consider checking out Condado District, because it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Condado District isn't far off, roughly a few hundred yards (a quarter kilometer).
The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.
Since the beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. If you're looking to get a place that's near the beach, the table below lists the closest accommodation options to Condado Beach.
|Holiday Inn Express San Juan||0.1 mi.||W||Hotel|
|Renaissance La Concha A Renaissance Resort||0.1 mi.||SSE||Resort|
|O:live Boutique Hotel||0.1 mi.||W||Hotel|
|El Canario By The Lagoon||0.1 mi.||SW||Hotel|
|0.1 mi.||ESE||Guest house|
|Comfort Inn San Juan||0.1 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Le Consulat An Ascend Collection Hotel||0.2 mi.||SSE||Hotel|
|Atlantic Beach Hotel||0.2 mi.||ESE||Hotel|
|Coral Princess Inn||0.2 mi.||SSE||Hotel|
If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Budatai is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves Asian cuisine. They are also known for their sushi.
The table below provides a list of nearby restaurant options.
|Budatai||(787) 725-6919||Asian||Informal||0.0 mi.||SSW|
|(787) 724-5657||--||--||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Komakai||(787) 721-8500||Japanese||Informal||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Solera||(787) 721-8500||Spanish||Informal||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Voga||(787) 721-8500||Italian||Informal||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|Orale Guey||(787) 200-6495||Mexican||Very Casual||0.1 mi.||SSE|
|(787) 977-1611||Bar and grill||Very Casual||0.1 mi.||W|
|1919 Restaurant||(787) 724-1919||Contemporary||Fine Dining||0.1 mi.||NW|
|Mhan Chung Sushi Bar||(787) 723-8585||Asian, Asian Fusion||Very Casual||0.1 mi.||SE|
|Jose Jose Restaurant||(787) 725-2323||Contemporary||Fine Dining||0.1 mi.||S|
|(787) 724-3636||--||--||0.1 mi.||WNW|
Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices in Puerto Rico besides Condado Beach.
You might also enjoy Torrecilla Pinones Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located nine miles to the east. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, consider Parque Beach. It is located only a short distance away.
You might also want to visit Escambrion Beach, located within a couple of miles.
While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Condado Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.
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