If you’re going to Puerto Rico on your next vacation, it stands to reason that one of your main pursuits would be to enjoy some time on a beach. The question is which one? That’s because in Puerto Rico, you have so many choices.
Why Condado Beach is So Popular
But then again, for many tourists and locals, Condado Beach is always a popular choice. In fact, on the weekends it can be quite busy here. That’s good news if people-watching is also a hobby of yours. And despite the crowd, there always seem to be some available space for you and your companions.
However, if you really want to relax, then visit Condado Beach during off season and on weekdays, to avoid the crowd.
Condado Beach is quite cool and somewhat even windy, and the beach doesn’t have all that many big waves so you can snorkel too. The waters of the Atlantic are nice and warm, although you may want to watch out for the undertow especially when you have kids with you. Take note that there are days when you can’t even see a lifeguard around. Here is a video showing an aerial view of the beach:
And what’s more, the prices are affordable. You don’t get the inflated prices that are so common in other beaches. Here, the vendors are also not aggressive, so you won’t be constantly bothered by insistent vendors trying to make a living.
Condado Beach Accommodations
The nice atmosphere of Condado Beach may be enough for you to want to book a hotel room nearby, and the good news here is that you have ample choices. Again, the prices for accommodation are in the mid-price range, which is a relief. Some B&Bs in the area also offer fantastic discounts.
If you are in the mood for gambling, you have some fine options here too. Foremost among them is The Marriott San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino. This is a great place to stay if you have your family with you. The Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino is also famous, and its casino is worth a visit.
For shopping enthusiasts, one of Condado’s selling points is Ashford Avenue, where the shopping experience is great. This has been called the 5th Avenue of Puerto Rico.
Foodies also won’t be disappointed with the restaurants around here. Aside from the local delicacies, you can also sample Latin-Asian fusion menus, traditional Spanish cuisine, Thai and Indian dishes, Cuban favorites, and of course there’s sushi too.
Condado Beach can be found just across the bridge from Old San Juan and Puerta Del Tierra. So you can always head on out to Condado Beach, and on some days you can enjoy everything else that San Juan has to offer.