To visit the real Puerto Rico, you must check out the island’s beautiful beaches. After all, relaxing in the sun is part of island life!
We’ve compiled a list of our 7 best beaches in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico, for you to enjoy during your summer or semester study. Remember to pack strong sunscreen, a towel, and plenty of water for your beach day!
Often cited as one of the finest beaches in the area, Playa Escambrón manages to keep the crowds away, allowing visitors to enjoy their beach day in peace. If you like to surf, this should be your #1 spot as surfers congregate for the strong swells and perfect reef breaks on the island’s north shore. For the non-surfer, don’t fret. You will still be able to enjoy the exquisitely blue water.
Ocean Park Beach
Ocean Park Beach is another great mix of locals and tourists all out to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean weather. The mile-long beach showcases soft, white sand, perfect for relaxation or a nice stroll.
Locals ask that you stay off the sand dunes that were formed during Hurricane María as they act as protection for the coast. Ocean Park Beach is set right in the neighborhood of Ocean Park, with many local residents simply walking up their streets to this stretch of sand.
Join in on a game of beach volleyball or tennis, or hook up your hammock among the trees. Ocean Park is a great place to meet new people. It is the closest beach for our students residing at Universidad del Sagrado Corazón’s campus. Just share a quick ride in an Uber from campus with a friend!
Hobie Beach is the perfect escape from the crowd in the fashionable Isla Verde area. Soak up the sun on the pristine sand or rent a chair and umbrella. There are also many beachfront restaurants in the area.
If you’re studying in Puerto Rico over the Summer Term, head to Hobie Beach for Noche de San Juan on June 23rd. It is one of the best beaches to fully immerse yourself in the celebrations and party atmosphere.
Balneario de Carolina
This beautiful beach is one of the few Blue Flag beaches throughout the island, meaning it is meticulously maintained to pristine standards. The calm waves and low tides attract families and children, though it’s a great location for the more casual beachgoer. Enjoy a snooze under the palm and almond trees, bring along some food, and utilize the many barbecue grills.
If you’re looking for a dose of Miami, and the potential celebrity sighting, head to Condado Beach. Minutes away from Old San Juan, this is the perfect spot to enjoy after the Saturday morning farmer’s market. Rent a chair or umbrella, and definitely layer up on sunscreen. Speaking from experience, the Caribbean sun can be incredibly strong!
This lagoon is the body of water to the right of Condado Beach. The calm waters make it a perfect place for kayaking or paddleboarding, both of which are available for rent for around $25-$30 per hour. Only a few people swim in the lagoon but feel free to dip your feet in on the side connecting with Miramar. The lagoon is also home to the manatees, so be prepared to see an aquatic friend while on your board!
Isla Verde Beach
Located near Hobie Beach, Isla Verde is a beach resort hosting high-end hotels. However, there is still a great stretch of public beach complete with toilet and shower facilities. Fulfill your adrenaline kick by renting a jet ski, parasailing, or hanging ten on the waves. Once your beach day craving is satisfied, head to the nearby beachfront restaurants for a great meal with friends.
Puerto Rico is rimmed with beautiful beaches, and most of our students venture out of San Juan for weekend fun. There are various ride-sharing or carpooling options to enjoy the beautiful blue Caribbean waters.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a great choice for a study away program on a beautiful campus. Make sure to meet with an advisor at your college’s education abroad office, as they will also be able to direct you toward the right program for your degree path. Check out our website or email [email protected] with any questions you may have. We’re more than happy to help!
Best wishes from SSA.