Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Outside of San Juan, just a few minutes from the Airport, is beautiful Isla Verde district of Carolina, Puerto Rico.  Close enough to Old San Juan for the tourists, convenient for business in San Juan city center, and perched on the northern coast beach.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott, but any of the beach front hotels in Isla Verde or Condado are a good choice.  The area is a popular destination for business conventions, family vacations, and weekend getaways from the Mainland South and East Coast cities.

Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico
Isla Verde and Condado, Puerto Rico

A rental car is not necessary, but Enterprise rental car is down the block for any island adventures outside of San Juan.

Beach gazebos
Beach gazebos

The beaches are clean with perfect temperature water year round.  All beaches are open to the public and there are many beach gazebos and facilities.

Unlike many islands in the Caribbean, we did not see any vendors on the beach. It was pleasant not to be disturbed by t-shirt sellers and various hawkers.

Each of the resorts offer beach chairs and umbrellas to guests.  There are jet ski rentals and surf schools all along the beach.

Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott
Isla Verde Courtyard Marriott pools and beach front

Isla Verde offers plenty of delicious, local restaurants walking distance from the beach.

Can-Can pork chop from Platos
Can-Can pork chop from Platos

After extensive research, I am happy to report that Platos Restaurant serves excellent pork and the best Pina Colada in San Juan (even better than Barrachina – home of the Pina Colada!).  Other local restaurants worth eating at are Piu Bella, Metropol, and Las Canarias Bakery (24 hour bakery, serving sandwiches & breakfast).

My favorite spot to read
My favorite spot to read

9 thoughts on “Isla Verde, Puerto Rico”

  1. Vivo Beach Club is amazing giant complex of the carribean, with the most beautiful purple marbled tiled pool you ever saw, within 50 yards from the beautiful beach & ocean. So beautiful, amazing sunsets also and next door to the Courtyard by Marriott. The water is very clean in Isla Verde. Giant outdoor events stage for concerts also.

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  3. Hello, Jen, I just followed your blog from the expat.com site. My husband and I (both retired) also are in love with Puerto Rico, especially Rincon area and southwest coast. This year we took our longest vacation (4weeks) and are trying to make it longer each year. We still have a 20yr. community college student at home that is not quite ready for us to be gone full time, haha. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    1. Awesome! We have not been out to the West coast, yet. We started in San Juan and headed East, then South along the coast. We feel in love with Palmas del Mar for our “home-base” and we continue to explore, and write about, this beautiful slice of paradise.

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