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San Juan, Puerto Rico… All The Excitement of a Vibrant City with the Allure of Tropical Beaches… Birthplace of the Piña Colada

Guide to Best Beaches in San Juan Puerto Rico, Hotels & Resorts on the Beach

If you’re looking for a beach escape with vibrant city life, San Juan has it down to perfection.  San Juan is one of the most accessible and affordable beach city vacations in the Caribbean.

Unlike most cities, you will find the beaches of San Juan to be relaxed and uncrowded on weekdays. Enjoy miles of beaches with plenty of room to relax on the sand.  Whether you like a trendy Miami style or a more casual scene, you can find a beach in San Juan to meet your needs.

In just a 3.5 hour flight from many cities in the US, you can find yourself laying under a palm tree enjoying the pleasures of a Caribbean island, with a vibrant culture, friendly hospitality, and delicious food that Puerto Rico is known for.

Condado is a trendy and chic beach destination with beachfront resorts.  Ocean Park beaches are more casual and uncrowded.  Escambron is a Blue Flag Beach and the best public beach in San Juan offering a variety of activities, boasting the clearest water.  Be sure to leave time to visit the best beaches around Puerto Rico easily explored by renting a car.

Escambron Beach - The Best Beach in San Juan

Two Beaches offering Sun, Sand, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving & Historic Site

Balneario El Escambron (Beach) - Best beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico
The best public beach in the capital city of San Juan located in Puerta de Tierra, right between Old San Juan & Condado.  Here at Escambron, you can enjoy swimming waters, snorkeling, scuba diving, a historic site, sweeping views of Condado and Old San Juan, great food, facilities, and two other additional beaches.

Escambron Beach is managed by the municipality, the only beach with facilities.  Balneario Escambron was one of the only two beaches in Puerto Rico to receive the Blue Flag award in 2020.  There are two beaches inside Escambron, the first is the most popular, it is wide with a protected swimming area by a coral wall.   The other beach has calmer water and is popular for snorkeling and scuba divers where sea turtles are often spotted.  This beach is also home to the fortification of Bateria El Escambron, from where you can enjoy sweeping views of the city and Condado Beach.

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Condado Beach - Best Beach with Resorts

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Condado Beach - Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Enter the trendy Condado Beach where sand, sun, water, and trendy beachfront resorts come together Miami Beach style.  From Condado Beach you can walk to shops, casinos, many restaurants, and Condado Lagoon where you can go kayaking, and paddleboarding. 

Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon) – Best Water for Kayaking & Paddleboarding (SUP)

Condado Lagoon / Laguna del Condado - Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Those that prefer to find quiet and relaxing water activities head to Laguna del Condado, commonly known as the Condado Lagoon.  Right in between Condado and the highway, protected from the traffic noise by a line of almond and mangrove trees you can glide on clear blue waters where manatee, sea turtles, and other friendly beautiful creatures call home.  Laguna del Condado offers the most popular and top rated kayaking tours by day and night in the San Juan / Metro area.  If you enjoy the sport of SUP, be sure to book a session or rent a board to do on your own.  

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Isla Verde Beach - Best Beach for Watersports ...

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Isla Verde Beach - Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Isla Verde a long wide beach in the nearby town of Carolina, popular for water sports, jogging, and swimming in its calmer waters. Isla Verde actually has three beaches, it is a very popular tourist destination for its great beachfront resorts, hotels, dining, and water sports.  When you’re hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from.

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The Amazing Bahia de San Juan - Most Scenic Experience on the Water

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San Juan Bay / Bahia de San Juan - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bahia de San Juan is not a beach but a very special body of water certainly deserving of a spot on your list of things to do.  The San Juan Bay offers visitors one of the most scenic and romantic experiences, not to be missed by sunset lovers.  Return home with travel bragging rights for experiencing a sunset sailing tour by SailPR, which proudly earned the #7 spot on the coveted Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2021 for Best Sailing in the World.   You may also enjoy a fun mini boat or water bicycle tour the entire family will enjoy.  See tours below.

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La Playita del Condado - Best Beach for Easy Access & Swimming

Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Playita del Condado - Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

This beach may be small, but it has some pretty awesome qualities.   The water is pretty with aquamarine blues and calm for swimming and doing a little snorkeling.   Access is very convenient, you may park across the street in the parking garage and within walking distance from many hotels along Ashford Avenue.  The views of the fort and modern city add interest while lounging on the beach.  There are many restaurants within walking distance of the beach.  Umbrella and lounge chairs are available for rent.  La Playita del Condado is a great beach option for cruisers who want beach time nearby, the closest beach to the cruise ports.  If you’re traveling with small children, you may want to visit this beach, protected by a rock wall keeping the waters calm under normal weather conditions.  Stay at the hotel next door to enjoy it just a few steps away.

Ocean Park Beach - Laid Back Beach with Budget-Friendly Inns

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A popular beach for both locals and visitors with a more laid back vibe and fewer crowds than nearby Isla Verde and Condado beach.  You’ll find the most budget-friendly inns at Ocean Park Beach. The sand is soft and golden, and if you get here early, you’ll find a shaded spot under a palm tree.  When you get hungry you don’t have to leave the beach, there are nice beachfront restaurants so you can continue enjoying your beach experience as you dine.  

Playa Peña Beach - Best Beach for a Romantic Walk

Best Beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Playa Peña - Best beaches in San Juan, Puerto Rico

A secret surprise because not many people get to visit or know about this little gem right across from the Capitol Building, just past the San Cristobal Fortress.  Once here, you’ll forget you’re in a major city, you may be sharing this beach with a few other couples.  During low tide this beach is nice for watching and listening to the waves, taking a dip, and getting a great tan. Don’t miss taking a walk down to the fort ruins.  

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