Carolina Beach

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Set between Isla Verde and Piones is Carolina Beach, or Balneario Carolina in Spanish. Carolina Beach is actually not one, but a series of three beaches that stretch across the north coast of Puerto Rico. During the summer, you can expect this beach to be crowded with locals, especially on the weekends, but now as much in the winter. While the beach is free, it does cost $4(USD) to park.

Positioned in Isla Verde, Carolina Beach is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You might want whether or not you're staying particularly close by. You may notice that beaches throughout Puerto Rico are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but at Carolina Beach your experience will be different.

How to Access The Beach
Carolina Beach is located immediately north of Luis Munoz Marin International Airport along Route 187. Paved parking is available for a $4 fee.

Amenities and Ambiance

Carolina Beach enjoys soft white sand dotted with palm trees and aqua marine waters that are known for being warm. The waters that wash onto the shore are from the Atlantic Ocean, and can be rough.

Picnic tables are some of the most useful amenities found here——especially around lunchtime.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. You'll appreciate that showers are available, so you can clean off the sand before hitting more attractions.

However, you ought to realize that while there fortunately are some amenities on location if you go to Carolina Beach, it is located inside a major tourist area. What this means is that if you're sure that these amenities are a deciding factor, it will be a smart reason to arrive earlier in the day before the other tourists come or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach further away. If you come later, you might not be able to fully use the amenities which this beach has for its guests.

What's Nearby


Carolina Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the East coast of Puerto Rico. It is near some interesting sites like Casino del Sol, which is found a quarter mile to the west-southwest, and it is one of a few local attractions.

If a visit to the Carolina Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Carolina Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino del Sol Casino 0.2 mi. WSW Puerto Rico
Ritz-Carlton Casino Casino 0.5 mi. W Puerto Rico
El San Juan Casino Casino 0.8 mi. W Puerto Rico
Oasis Casino Casino 1.1 mi. WSW Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Carolina Beach is in the Condado District area, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Carolina Beach visitors hoping to find other opportunities for exploration should think about making the trip to Condado District, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Puerto Rico. From the shore, Condado District is a fairly short distance away, maybe four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Guests trying to find a room near Carolina Beach won't find it that tough, as there is no shortage of hotels to pick from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by perusing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Carolina Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort 0.2 mi. WSW Resort
Best Western San Juan Airport 0.4 mi. SSE Hotel
Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa, & Casino 0.5 mi. W Hotel
International Airport Hotel 0.5 mi. SSE Hotel
Hotel La Playa 0.7 mi. W Hotel
Coral by the Sea Hotel & Restaurant 0.7 mi. W B & B
TRYP by Wyndham Isla Verde 0.7 mi. W Resort
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan 0.7 mi. W Hotel
ESJ Towers 0.7 mi. W Resort
El San Juan Resort & Casino, a Hilton Hotel 0.8 mi. W Resort


When you're starving for a midday meal, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Papaya Oceanfront Grill. This restaurant has a menu featuring American cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Carolina Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Papaya Oceanfront Grill (787) 791-0404 American Very Casual 0.2 mi. WSW
Salsa Restaurant (787) 791-0404 Creole Informal 0.2 mi. WSW
Sirena Restaurant (787) 791-0404 Caribbean Informal 0.2 mi. WSW
Casa Dante (787) 726-7310 Caribbean -- -- --
Ocean Bar & Grill (787) 253-1700 Eclectic Very Casual 0.5 mi. W
BLT Steak (787) 253-1700 French, Fusion Informal 0.5 mi. W
Il Mulino New York (787) 791-8632 Italian Fine Dining 0.5 mi. W
Mares (787) 253-1700 American, Caribbean Informal 0.5 mi. W
Bj's Bistro (787) 697-9317 Delicatessen Very Casual 0.5 mi. SSE
Drums (787) 253-1443 Spanish Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Metropol Isla Verde (787) 791-5585 Caribbean, Cuban Very Casual 0.6 mi. WSW
Piu Gelato -- -- -- 0.7 mi. W

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Carolina Beach in Puerto Rico.

You may also like Torrecilla Pinones Beach, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it four miles to the east. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Isla Verde Beach could be a good option for you. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Another location you may want to try is Escambrion Beach, located reasonably close-by, which means a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Puerto Rico, but a trip to Carolina Beach could end up a family favorite.


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