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 nearby. Although Carolina Beach is not the most secluded beach in Puerto Rico, it has the right combination of charm and personality to attract families and couples alike.

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.

Consider using this beach's picnic tables, which are great for lunches or as a home base for your belongings.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Shower facilities are available, so you don't have to spend the rest of the afternoon covered in sand.

Though, be sure to remember that while visitors here find some comforts present if you go to Carolina Beach, it will be found in a tourist hotspot. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it will be a good motivator to plan ahead and beat the crowds, maybe having your beach visit earlier in the day. If you arrive later, you could risk all those comforts being unavailable.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. It is near Casino del Sol, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of the attractions close-by.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Those visiting Carolina Beach who are looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to consider making the trip to Condado District, which is in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Condado District is a quick trip away, maybe four and a half miles (seven and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. You can generally expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation area, it is not usually very tough to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. If you're hoping to book a place that's near the water, the table below lists the closest options to Carolina Beach.

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


If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Papaya Oceanfront Grill. This restaurant serves delicious American cuisine. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby dining options are provided 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
Metropol Isla Verde (787) 791-5585 Caribbean, Cuban Very Casual 0.6 mi. WSW
Piu Gelato -- -- -- 0.7 mi. W

Other Beaches

Carolina Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Puerto Rico.

You might also enjoy Torrecilla Pinones Beach, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it four miles to the east. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Isla Verde Beach is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Travelers may also want to consider Escambrion Beach, located reasonably close-by, which means a quick ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

Carolina Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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