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Key Info

Ashford Avenue

Price & Hours

Free
Dawn-dusk daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you're staying in San Juan there's a good chance you'll never venture farther than Condado Beach. For many sun-lovers, that's just fine. Condado is framed by a string of high-rise hotels and resort complexes, plus it's ground-zero for water sports and beach bars in Greater San Juan. Families, however, sometimes forego these sands for one of the government-run beaches, or balnearios, because Condado's beach's tide is often too strong for young swimmers.

Travelers say you won't be disappointed with Condado, as long as you recognize it's not a remote strip of sand, but rather a beach that sits alongside a bustling city. But its proximity to so many hotels and resorts has its perks when it comes to being tourist-friendly. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, the beach has "loungers and umbrellas for rent, waiters around to provide drinks" and is a "great place to just relax."

Condado Beach is free to access and is open daily from dawn to dusk. If you drive to the beach, you will likely have to pay an hourly fee to park in a local parking garage. You'll find the beach on Ashford Avenue, between the bridge and The Condado Plaza Hilton

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#1 Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay (Vieques)

This south Vieques beach might not sound like much, but it's one of travelers' favorite experiences in Puerto Rico. During the day, Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is your stereotypical Caribbean hideout  but at night, the sky and waters emit a blue glow from the half-plant, half-animal microorganisms that live there. More than 700,000 bioluminescent dinoflagellates live in each gallon of bay water, and recent travelers have been amazed by just how much visibility these tiny creatures provide.

But avoid visiting the bay during a full moon; the microorganisms aren't as visible then. Also aim for a quiet approach: "I would definitely go in a group with kayaks-not a motorized boat," one TripAdvisor reviewer said. "It is very peaceful and beautiful to be on the water at night but the sparkling water is a real treat."

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