San Juan is a very large urban area. For tourism purposes, the only relevant sections of San Juan discussed in this article are Old San Juan, Puerto de Tierra, Condado, Ocean Park and the neighboring Isla Verde neighborhood of Carolina.
Tourists are often surprised at the suitability of alcohol in San Juan. Alcohol (beer in particular) is sold at almost every beach. Beach goers often bring beer, wine and cocktails to the beach. It is not only legal to drink on public beaches, but is licensed by the city.
There is no nudity in Puerto Rico. There are no "special" or isolated areas to engage in such behavior in San Juan.
There are no rules regarding the volume of music or the use of electronic equipment on the beach. The only limitations are those that are self-imposed by taste and literature.
Old San Juan
Old San Juan lies on a cliff facing north, and is lined with a port in the south. The only public beach is located at the foot of San Cristobal. This beach is rocky, uncomfortable and not easily accessible. Moreover, it is adjacent to two neighborhoods (La Perla and Puerto de Tierra). This beach should probably be avoided by non-residents who do not know Puerto Rico's culture.
Puerto de Tierra
Located by the lake and the seashore, Caribe Hilton is popular with locals. Since the area has bathroom facilities, ample parking and easy access to the motorway, this beach (Escambron) is very popular with locals. Tourists rarely tour this beach, which is often disoriented and usually Puerto Rico. It is not dangerous during the day, but caution should be exercised during the night due to its distance and proximity to the Puerto de Tierra ghetto.
Condado has many noteworthy beaches. The first is Playita, a closed lake on the edge of Condado Bridge. The lake extends around the bay separating Miramar from Condado, and is famous for its rowing, canoeing and lake-like tranquility. Playita is ideal for young children and is completely safe day or night.
The beach next to La Concha is famous for the corridor that partially surrounds the beachfront. Chairs are available, and on Sundays the nearby Ventana del Mar festivals add excitement to the area. Warning: The tides between La Concha and growing up behind the Presby Hospital have reaped lives in the past. This area is excellent for wading and swimming near the beach, but caution should be exercised due to frequent protrusions. This beach is also referred to for its surfers and bodyboarders due to its high regular wave breaks.
The Gay Beach is located in front of Oceano and Atlantic Beach Hotel, next to La Concha. This section of San Juan beach has been a favorite of gay people for decades. Riptides sometimes pose a problem here too.
The last part of the beach stretches behind the Marriott's rocky rubbish. There is a surf area just behind the Marriott, but hikers must browse the rocks to enjoy the waves. The beaches of Condado are quite safe in the daytime and are usually very safe at night.
The beaches of Ocean Park are the best in San Juan. The seashore begins at the prominence behind the Presby Hospital, and after 100 feet of hidden rock barriers, it extends to the tranquil and tropical beachfront. The long beach front has volleyball nets, palm trees and mobile vendors (ice cream, beer, caburias and gentle waves). The area east of the Presby Hospital is another surfers' favorite. The beaches of Ocean Park are completely safe during the day, so be careful at night because there is no lighting and traffic.
Located between Verde Island and Ocean Park are other local favorites. Ultimo Trolley has been named from its location as the last stop in the now isolated San Juan wagon, featuring ample parking and street vendors. The nearby Jazzo and Sports Square hosts salsa bands, performers, athletes and other locals who visit the beach all day long. You should avoid the area at night.
Verde Island is technically located in the city of Carolina. The crescent-shaped beach front is lined by luxury resorts and hotels. The area is famous for its quiet waves and safety. The one-mile seaside ends at El Ambique, a local favorite restaurant with two bars and restaurants overlooking the beach area. Isla Verde has a banana boat rental, massage chairs and a range of other amenities for those looking for luxury.
San Juan is special because it is one of a handful of world cities in the world that can boast a tropical waterfront. San Juan has three miles of pristine tropical beaches that are quite public. A variety of beaches provide opportunities for everyone from children to thrill seekers.