12 Best Things To Do In Condado, Puerto Rico (2022)

Condado is an upscale neighborhood in San Juan. 

Condado offers the best shops, eateries, beaches and hotels.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and I always make sure to stop by Condado whenever I’m in San Juan

In this article, I cover the 12 best things to do in Condado, Puerto Rico:

 

1. Kayak or paddle the Condado Lagoon

The Condado Lagoon is unmatched when it comes to beauty and recreation. 

The lagoon is known for its tranquil waters, beautiful small sandy coasts, and crystal clear waters. It’s one of the best places to paddle board and kayak on the island – day or night.

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Condado Lagoon offers the unique opportunity to paddle board with city views.

Keep a lookout for manatees and sea turtles! They occasionally pop up to say hello. 

 

2. Spend a day at the beach 

Condado has two main beaches: Condado Beach and Playita Del Condado. 

Condado Beach is located behind the celebrated La Concha Renaissance Resort and San Juan Marriot Resort.

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Visiting Condado Beach is effortless from the main resort area.

This beach is best for sunbathing, drinking, and eating.

Playita Del Condado is a small beach beside the lagoon, famous for its tranquil waters and scenery.

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Playita Del Condado is smaller but can be less crowded than Condado Beach.

This beach is perfect for swimming and bathing.

 

3. Gaming at Casino Del Mar 

Casino Del Mar, located in the iconic La Concha Renaissance Resort, sets itself apart for its elegance and bountiful offer of both table games and slots.

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Casino del Mar is right next to the beach and offers a luxurious atmosphere for visitors.

 

4. Go shopping on Ashford Avenue

From Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Cartier to local boutiques and shops, Ashford Avenue has a store for every taste and budget.

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Ashford Avenue runs parallel to the beach.

 

5. Stroll through Plaza Antonia Quiñones

Plaza Antonia Quiñones is a beloved park situated in the heart of Condado.

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Plaza Antonia Quiñones is the perfect spot to find some afternoon shade or take a break from the beach.

The plaza is named after the previous land owner.

It is famous for its church and for housing lots of wild chickens and pigeons, beautiful statues, fountains, trees, and a playground.

 

6. Take your fur baby to Condado Dog Park

Condado Dog Park is a gated public dog park located on the outskirts of Condado. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Gazebos, water fountains, and a clean trail makes this place a great shaded spot to visit with your best buddy.

 

7. Eat at La Marqueta 

La Marqueta offers an elegant, yet lively oceanfront dining experience. 

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There are options at La Marqueta for every individual’s preference.

Need help deciding what to eat? La Marqueta has eight different restaurants offering local and international cuisine. 

To book a table, visit the La Marqueta website.

 

8. Go clubbing or for bar hopping

Right in the middle of Ashford Avenue, the best bars, clubs, and lounges await your visit- keep an ear out for live music.

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Condado is home to some of San Juan’s most exciting nightlife.

Patrick’s Irish Bar and Oasis Tapas & Lounge are the most famous. 

Although mainly a restaurant, 1208 Ashford International Cuisine is another great spot.

 

9. Private picnic at the lagoon 

Toast to love in a private two-hour floating picnic or dinner in Condado Lagoon. image of the floating picnic/dinner at Condado Lagoon

Check out The O:live Experience to book your experience.

 

10. Visit Distrito T-Mobile

Distrito T-Mobile is the ultimate center for entertainment, located just ten minutes from Condado. 

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Distrito T-Mobile is one of the top social hubs in San Juan.

This place has everything you can imagine: zip-lining, restaurants, an arcade, live music, a movie theater, and a music hall, making it the perfect social hub.

 

11. Stroll through La Ventana al Mar 

Translating to the “window of the sea,” this oceanfront park takes you over the waters of Condado Beach. 

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La Ventana al Mar’s aerial view, where you can walk out into the sea.

At night, the park fills with skateboarders and street artists. 

 

12. Book a bio bay tour

Although Condado doesn’t have a bioluminescent bay, there is one located just an hour away. 

image of woman swimming with bioluminescence
Image of a woman swimming with bioluminescence.

Experience the magic of glowing water as you kayak or swim in the bio bay.

Puerto Rico has three bio bays; learn more by reading our guide about Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays.

 

 

FAQ section

What are some free things to do in Condado?

Some of the best free things to do in Condado include: visiting Condado Lagoon, Condado Beach, and Distrito T-Mobile.

What are some things to do in Condado at night?

The best things to do in Condado at night include: booking a night paddle board or kayak tour at the lagoon, dining at La Marqueta, and bar hopping through Ashford Avenue.

 

Final thoughts

You can’t leave San Juan without visiting Condado

Condado is the definition of a cosmopolitan place — lavish, friendly and diverse. A place that is rooted in entertainment and culture; it is definitely worth the visit!

The best things to do in Condado are paddle boarding in the lagoon and relaxing at the beach.

I also recommend visiting one of Puerto Rico’s bio bays, with the closest being just an hour drive from Condado.

Finally, if you are looking for other fun activities, then check out our article where we cover the 45 best things to do in Puerto Rico.

Article by

Cristina Rosa

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. I know all the ins and outs of the island. For 22 years, I’ve tasted, seen, experienced, and explored most of Puerto Rico’s gems. I still have many road trips planned for all of the things that I’ve yet to experience in Puerto Rico.

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