Playa Isla Verde

Top choice beach in San Juan & Around

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With its legions of tanned bodies and dexterous beach bums flexing their triceps around the volleyball net, Playa Isla Verde basks in its reputation as the Copacabana of Puerto Rico. Serenity seekers may prefer to head west to Ocean Park and dodge the extended families and colonizing spring-break hedonists that stake space here. Whatever your view, this broad, mile-long wedge of sand that lies between Punta Las Marías and Piñones is an undeniable beauty.

Vendors rent beach chairs and umbrellas at the entrances to the beach.