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Escambron Beach

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Escambron Beach

Swim in calm waters among colorful fish at a picturesque beach that is regularly voted one of the best in Puerto Rico. 

Escambrón Beach is one of the best places to swim in the Caribbean Sea in all of Puerto Rico. Other beaches on the island face choppy waters with strong currents, which makes swimming an occasionally dangerous prospect. Escambrón Beach, however, promises calm and sheltered waters. Splash about in the shallows, overlooked by a lifeguard service, and snorkel along a coral reef in one of San Juan’s best coastal destinations.

Find a spot of soft, golden sand beneath a palm tree on this picture-perfect, classically Caribbean beach. Escambrón is close to the tourist hotspot of Old San Juan and the buzzing shopping district of Condado, yet it feels like a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city.

Cool off in the waters on the main beach or beneath the old fortification of the Bateria del Escambrón. The area’s coral reefs protect the waters from strong currents, making it a popular family destination. Put on a mask and snorkel and swim along the reefs to see colorful fish darting in and out of the coral.

Relax on the beach and look out across the coastline of Old San Juan. Spot sights such as the Capitol Dome and El Morro fort. The beach is safest during the daytime. Avoid coming here at night.

Escambrón Beach’s centrality and popularity mean that there are plenty of facilities nearby. Snack on ice cream or traditional Puerto Rican food from the kiosks on the edges of the beach. Public restrooms and showers for rinsing off are also available to swimmers and sunbathers.

Visit Escambrón Beach in May to take part in the Saborea. This is a popular food festival that takes place around San Juan and uses the beach area as one of its venues.

Drive for about 10 minutes from Fernando Ribas Dominicci Airport to reach the metered parking area for Escambrón Beach in the region of Puerta de Tierra. The beach is also within walking distance of the sights of Old San Juan. Come on a weekday to avoid the weekend crowds and visit throughout the year to enjoy warm weather on the beach.

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Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
3.5 out of 5
1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, San Juan
The price is $180 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Puerta de Tierra, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Playa del Caribe Hilton and Escambron Beach. Condado Beach and Puerto Rico Convention Center ...
3.6/5Good! (482 reviews)
"They have good price and the rooms are pretty big. Bathrooms are huge and spacious rooms. The surrounding are beautiful with the Brazilian restaurant and some others close to the property. What I like about this property is that they have balcony and all are ocean view. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
Caribe Hilton
Caribe Hilton
4.5 out of 5
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan
The price is $460 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Puerta de Tierra, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Fort San Jeronimo, Third Millennium Park, and ...
4/5Very Good! (943 reviews)
"The hotel no longer clean the room daily, even on request I had to submit a request several times to get the room cleaned. Unlocking the elevator with the room key was unreliable. There was a lot of algae on the beach. The team working on cleaning it daily was slow and unable to catch up"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Caribe Hilton
The Condado Plaza Hilton
The Condado Plaza Hilton
4.5 out of 5
999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $306 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Condado, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 15-minute walk of Parque La Ventana al Mar, Condado Beach, and Luis Muñoz Rivera ...
3.8/5Good! (961 reviews)
"What I like most of the Hilton Plaza Condado was the staff, the peacefulness of the hotel areas and corridor was never noisy. Like some hotels I’ve stayed before that the elevator takes a long time. Not here having one elevator broken and a mechanical staircase being serviced did not intrude in the ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

The Condado Plaza Hilton
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Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
3.5 out of 5
1 Calle San Gerónimo, San Juan, San Juan
The price is $180 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Costa Bahia Hotel Paseo Caribe
Caribe Hilton
Caribe Hilton
4.5 out of 5
1 San Geronimo Street, San Juan
The price is $460 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Caribe Hilton
The Condado Plaza Hilton
The Condado Plaza Hilton
4.5 out of 5
999 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
The price is $306 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
The Condado Plaza Hilton
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
4 out of 5
1077 Ashford Ave Condado, San Juan
The price is $369 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
5 out of 5
1055 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
The price is $424 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
4.5 out of 5
1309 Ashford Avenue, San Juan
The price is $399 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
Condado Ocean Club - Adults Only
Condado Ocean Club - Adults Only
4 out of 5
1045 Avenida Doctor Ashford, San Juan, PR
The price is $275 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Condado Ocean Club - Adults Only
El San Geronimo Hotel
El San Geronimo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
54 Luis Muñoz Rivera Ave, San Juan, PR
The price is $249 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
El San Geronimo Hotel
CIQALA Luxury Suites
CIQALA Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
752 Manuel Fernandez Juncos Ave, San Juan
The price is $210 per night from Aug 31 to Aug 31
CIQALA Luxury Suites
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