Condado Beach

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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.

How to Access The Beach

To access Condado Beach, take Avenida Ashford to Park la Ventana al Mar where you will find parking.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

What's Nearby

Attractions

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.

Activities and Attractions Near Condado Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Casa Cortes Gallery Art Gallery 0.8 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Museum Of Art Of Puerto Rico Museum 0.9 mi. SE Puerto Rico
Ecourbano Museum 1.5 mi. E Puerto Rico
Museo de arte de Puerto Rico Museum 1.5 mi. E Puerto Rico
Museo Tower Museum 1.5 mi. E Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

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).

Hotels

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.

Accommodations near Condado Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Holiday Inn Express San Juan 0.1 mi. W Hotel
Renaissance La Concha A Renaissance Resort 0.1 mi. SSE Resort
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel 0.1 mi. NW Hotel
O:live Boutique Hotel 0.1 mi. W Hotel
El Canario By The Lagoon 0.1 mi. SW Hotel
Aleli By the Sea 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

Food

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.

Restaurants near Condado Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Budatai (787) 725-6919 Asian Informal 0.0 mi. SSW
Cold Stone Creamery Miramar (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
Waiter's Bar & Grill Condado (787) 977-1611 Bar and grill Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Perla -- -- -- 0.1 mi. ESE
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
Yantar (787) 724-3636 -- -- 0.1 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

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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