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