Condado information

Lonely Planet review

Hemmed in by hotel towers and punctuated by rocky outcrops, Condado’s narrow beaches are busier than Ocean Park’s but less exclusive than Isla Verde’s. Expect splashes of graffiti, boisterous games of volleyball and plenty of crashing Atlantic surf.

The area’s official public beach is Balneario Condado , a small arc of sand, adjacent to the Dos Hermanos bridge, that faces west toward Fuerte San Gerónimo across the inlet. A line of rocks breaks the water here, meaning that the sea is calm and bathing relatively safe. Lifeguards police the area on weekdays, and snack bars are open daily, but bathrooms are few and far between. You can rent beach chairs.

Condado’s Atlantic-facing beaches are very popular, especially among families, who congregate around the big hotels, and with gay men, who often populate the sand near the Atlantic Beach Hotel. Parque de la Ventana al Mar (Window to the Sea Park) has lovely waterfront views and free jazz concerts on the last Sunday of the month.