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.

Located in Isla Verde, Carolina Beach is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Many of Puerto Rico's beaches are soothing, less-traveled spots along the coast. While these beaches are a perfect fit for some, those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety at Carolina Beach.

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.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Shower facilities are available here, so you can rinse off the sand.

Don't forget that Carolina Beach's location is a bustling area, which means the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the East coast of Puerto Rico. Casino del Sol is found a quarter mile to the west-southwest, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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
InterContinental San Juan Casino Casino 1.0 mi. W Puerto Rico
Oasis Casino Casino 1.1 mi. WSW Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Carolina Beach is close to Condado District, so walking the city is a definite option. Tourists at Carolina Beach who are looking for additional places to explore might consider heading to Condado District, since it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Puerto Rico. From the shore, Condado District is just up the road, about four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay near the beach are in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from nearby. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those shown in the table that follows.

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
Casa de Playa Beach Hotel 0.7 mi. W Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan 0.7 mi. W Hotel
ESJ Towers 0.7 mi. W Resort
El San Juan Hotel & Casino 0.8 mi. W Resort


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest places to eat is Papaya Oceanfront Grill. This restaurant features American food. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are listed in the following table.

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
Made in Puerto Rico Isla Verde (787) 998-5506 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 0.6 mi. W
Metropol Isla Verde (787) 791-5585 Caribbean, Cuban Very Casual 0.6 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach in Puerto Rico will have lots of options besides Carolina Beach.

You may also want to try Torrecilla Pinones Beach, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it four miles to the east. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Isla Verde Beach is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You might also want to visit Escambrion Beach, located five and a half miles to the west.

Of course, Puerto Rico has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Carolina Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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