Isla Verde Puerto Rico is the most popular beach vacation destination in the metro area, luring both leisure and business travelers. Visitors get to experience the pleasures of a great tropical beach with vibrant nightlife and a variety of water sports. The metro area is a bustling city, yet when you arrive at the beaches of Isla Verde, it feels quite laid back and relaxed, with plenty of sand for everyone to unwind.
The beaches of Isla Verde are the best in the Puerto Rico metro, often voted as the best city / urban beach in the Caribbean and under the USA flag. Just 15 minutes from Isla Verde, the romantic historic city of Old San Juan wows visitors with world-class attractions and plenty of experiences to learn about the island’s rich history and warm culture of Puerto Ricans.
The Isla Verde coastline is long, wide, framed by coconut palm trees. Unlike Miami Beach and other beaches in Florida, the waters stay nice and warm all year round. What is commonly known as “Isla Verde Beach” by travelers, is three distinct beaches, each with its own vibe, personality, and name. There are various beachfront resorts in Isla Verde, as well as residential condominium properties; while tourists are enjoying a day at the beach, most residents are at work, making the beaches surprisingly uncrowded compared to other coastal cities destinations. The locals tend to visit the beach on weekends, you’ll see joggers and walkers in the early morning.
The district of Isla Verde is a very convenient option for travelers who want close proximity to the San Juan International Airport. You can choose from various hotels and resorts on the beach. Various hotels in Isla Verde are some of the most family-friendly in Puerto Rico, with entertainment options for adults and children. For travelers wanting to experience the exciting nightlife, Isla Verde is well known for its casinos, dance clubs, and elegant lounges.
El Alambique Beach aka Isla Verde Beach WestIsla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Playa Alambique, the first beach heading east from the neighbor’s Capital city of San Juan, a favorite for both locals and visitors. Alambique is a fun city beach with a very laid-back atmosphere, offering very convenient amenities to make the visit more enjoyable such as beach chair and umbrella rentals, restaurants nearby, and plenty of taxis around to take you back to your hotel. The waters are calmer than Ocean Park and Condado Beach making it more popular among families wanting to enjoy swimming and doing water sports.
Best Hotels & Resorts on El Alambique Beach (Isla Verde Beach West)
Fairmont El San Juan Hotel
From $175 - Beachfront Resort
- Traveler's Choice 2020 by TripAdvisor
+ Fairmont El San Juan
Fairmont El San Juan, one of the most well-known hotels in Puerto Rico was recently renovated. Enjoy upscale accommodations, various dining options from casual by the pool to fine dining. Fairmont El San Juan Hotel offers one of the most elegant lounges in the San Juan / Metro Tourist District and one of the most popular nightclubs. Travelers seeking relaxation will find it at the cabanas by the pool, the famous Isla Verde beach just steps away, and the pampering spa.
- Highlights: Luxurious spa, lounge/bars, beachfront location, lively entertainment, four pools, on-site restaurants, nightclub, full-service salon, wedding venue, meetings space, full-service spa, business center, fitness center, family services, shops, water-sports. Fully accessible accommodations, restaurants, and public areas.
- Rates: from $210
- Location: Isla Verde Beach ⎜ 6063 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, PR 00979 ⎜ Tel: 787-791-1000
Intercontinental San Juan
From $150 - Family Resort, Beachfront
#19 – Best Hotels in Puerto Rico by US News
+ InterContinental San Juan
InterContinental San Juan, given the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, offers leisure and business travelers 398 luxury guest rooms including 22 suites. The InterContinental San Juan has five restaurants, a wine bar, a lobby bar, and a cafe. The Akua Spa invites guests to experience pampering and relaxation.
- Highlights: Free Wi-Fi, on-site restaurants, bars/lounges, full-service spa, outdoor pool, free children's club, 24-hour fitness center, business center, smoke-free rooms.
- Rates: from $150
- Location: Isla Verde Beach ⎜ 5961 Av. Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00979 ⎜ Tel: 787-791-6100
San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel
From $125 - Beachfront, Rooftop Pool
- #10 – Best Hotels in Puerto Rico by US News
- Traveler’s Choice 2020 by TripAdvisor
+ San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel
The San Juan Water & Beach Club is located on the corner of Isla Verde Beach, offering 80 guest rooms. The main highlight of this beachfront hotel is the rooftop infinity pool with ocean and city views and rooftop restaurants/bar. This hotel is an excellent wedding / special event venue and social/corporate events.
- Highlights: rooftop pool, rooftop restaurant / bar,
- Rates: from $125
- Location: Isla Verde Beach ⎜ 2 Tartak Street, Carolina, PR 00979 ⎜ Tel: 888-265-6699
Pine Grove Beach - Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Pine Grove Beach, a beachfront resort community, is very family-friendly. The waters are calmer than the rest of the beaches in Isla Verde, protected by a coral reef where families can play. There are only two beachfront resorts on this beach, giving sunbathers plenty of room on the sand for relaxation. From Pine Grove Beach, you can take a nice walk next door to Balneario de Carolina, typically nice and quiet during weekdays even on high travel season.
Best Hotels & Resorts on Pine Grove Beach – Isla Verde, Carolina, PR
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach
From $135 - Beachfront Family Resort & Casino
+ 2020 Awards
#13 - Best Hotels in Puerto Rico by US News
+ The Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
The Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort is a beachfront resort at a great value for families, couples, and business travelers. The hotel offers guest rooms and spacious suites. The Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort is popular for weddings for its beach location and event venues. The location is excellent, right on Pine Grove Beach, one the most family-friendly spots for families with children, in addition to being next door to Carolina's public beach and easy access to the bicycling trail leading to Piñones.
- Highlights: Beachfront location, outdoor pool, free WiFi, fitness center, on-site restaurants, casino, bar/lounge, wedding / special event venue, meeting space.
- Rates: from $135
- Location: Isla Verde Beach ⎜ 7012 Boca de Cangrejos Avenue, Carolina, PR 00979 ⎜ Tel: 787-791-0404
Balneario de Carolina - Isla Verde, Carolina, PR
Most travelers tend to spend their days at the beaches of El Alambique & Pinegrove, but locals in the know, head to Balneario de Carolina. Balnearios are some of the best beaches in Puerto Rico for swimming, the waters are regularly monitored for quality, there are lifeguards on duty (check for hours), the sand is raked and you’ll find food kiosks, picnic gazebos, public restrooms and plenty of parking just steps from the beach.