Things to do in Puerto Rico

Just beyond the doors of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Condado Palm Inn & Suites hotel, the vibrant city of San Juan is home to a dozens of attractions, most of them irresistible to visitors. As the warm and sunny beaches beckon you outside, plan to spend at least one day checking out some of our other favorite local things to do:

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  • Water Sports
  • Nature Views
  • Shopping
  • Bars & Lounges
  • Historical Spots

Wind & Kitesurfing

Puerto Rico is the perfect place for kitesurfing! Our beautiful beaches and our incredible weather makes an unforgettable experience for pros and for beginners. You can bring your own kite or, for your convenience, there are kite rentals at the beach, offered by private companies. 

If you want more information before your visit, write to us at: condadopalmconcierge@gsipuertorico.com 

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Condado Beach

Distance from hotel: One minute
This public beach is literally steps from your hotel room. It’s known for clean, white-sand beaches, and warm blue water. It’s as close as we can come to bringing the beach to you!

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El Yunque Rainforest

Distance from hotel: 23 miles
This popular destination is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System. It spans 28,000 acres and is home to more than 240 species of tropical trees, flowers and wildlife. Lush foliage, waterfalls and rivers snake throughout this natural wonder.

When planning your trip, make sure to reserve around 7 hours and arrive early if you want to avoid the crowds. Also, bring a good supply of water and snacks. You can go in your car or if you prefer to schedule a tour, ask us at your arrival or write us ahead at: condadopalmconcierge@gsipuertorico.com 

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Bioluminescent Bay

Distance from hotel: 56 miles
Telling you it’s algae won’t stop you from staring open-mouthed as trails of fluorescent green follow your hand in this water. There are only five bioluminescent waters in the world, and three of them are in Puerto Rico: Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques off the east coast of the main island of Puerto Rico, Laguna Grande on the east side of the island in Fajardo and La Parguera on the far southwestern side. Kids will love the idea of traipsing through the jungle at night and then kayaking out to the bay, where you watch the water glow under the stars.

For the best stunning experience, choose a moonless and clear sky night to visit! Ask us at Front Desk for the bio bay tours available. 

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Plaza Las Americas Mall

Distance from hotel: 5 miles
You're probably visiting Puerto Rico for the beauty of the Island, the great beaches and wonderful weather, but don’t miss out on shopping, with a visit to Plaza Las Américas: the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean! Need we say more? Dine, shop, go watch a movie and even be entertained at Plaza Las Americas. Seven of the large cornerstone stores in the mall are the highest grossing in their respective companies…it’s a shopping paradise!

It’s easy to get to, and easy to return from with a permanent taxi stand right outside the main entrance of the mall. Or, if you are driving a rental car, get directions here!

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The Outlet Route 66

Distance from hotel: 17 miles
The Outlet at Route 66 boasts more than 70 outlet stores, countless dining options and even a movie theater for your entertainment. Particularly if you’ve got your own car, this is a trip worth taking.

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Casino Del Mar

Distance from hotel: 5 minutes
Located at the La Concha Renaissance Resort and only a 5-minute walk through Ashford Avenue, this sun-splashed casino is known for gambling, drinks and – believe it or not – sandwiches! That’s right; they keep you fed to keep you winning. It’s a good deal, because even if you leave broke, you won’t leave hungry.

back to Attractions  |  Catamaran and Snorkeling Excursion

Catamaran and Snorkeling Excursion

Sail on a 50 ft. plus catamaran to dreamy Icacos Island. Enjoy beachcombing and snorkeling in shallow waters to view spectacular coral reefs and marine life. Trip includes snorkel gear, snacks, sandwich buffet lunch, piña colanda and rum punch. 

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Culebra Aqua Ferry Adventure

Board the ferry with the locals and then kayak your way along Puerto Rico kayaking and snorkeling mecca. Stop at a snorkeling reef, a turtle reserve beach and soak up the sun in the world famous crystal clear waters of Flamenco Beach. 

You can't miss this magnificent journey. Ask our concierge for tour bookings!

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Paddle Boarding and Kayaking

Enjoy paddle boarding from the pristine urban oasis that is the Condado Lagoon Natural Reserve. Our concierge can assist with appointments. 

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Historical Old San Juan / El Morro

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

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Wind & Kitesurfing

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

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Condado Beach

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  El Yunque Rainforest

Catamaran and Snorkeling Excursion

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Culebra Aqua Ferry Adventure

Culebra Aqua Ferry Adventure

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Paddle Boarding and Kayaking

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Historical Old San Juan / El Morro

El Yunque Rainforest

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Bioluminescent Bay

Bioluminescent Bay

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Plaza Las Americas Mall

Plaza Las Americas Mall

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  The Outlet Route 66

The Outlet Route 66

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Casino Del Mar

Casino Del Mar

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

back to Attractions  |  Catamaran and Snorkeling Excursion

Historical Old San Juan / El Morro

Located about 10 minutes from the hotel, charming Old San Juan is the most popular historic site in Puerto Rico. The cobblestone streets, forts and brick walls, displayed against the stunning crystal blue ocean waters, hearken back to an earlier era. Around Old San Juan you'll find something for everyone, by day or by night: amazing views, architecture, restaurants, museums, shopping, history, sculptures, people-watching, music, bars and nightclubs and more!

If you need to coordinate transportation, let us know and we'll gladly help you!

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local events

 

PR Restaurant Week

PR Restaurant Week

Save the Date: June 1st – June 10th 2018

This once-a-year dining event showcases Puerto Rico as a premier gastronomic destination in which restaurants around San Juan offer prix-fixe dinner menus that include options for appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Although no tickets are required for PR Restaurant Week, we strongly recommend to make reservations in advance.

See participating restaurants>

PR Restaurant Week

Save the Date: June 1st – June 10th 2018

This once-a-year dining event showcases Puerto Rico as a premier gastronomic destination in which restaurants around San Juan offer prix-fixe dinner menus that include options for appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Although no tickets are required for PR Restaurant Week, we strongly recommend to make reservations in advance.

See participating restaurants>

 

Mercado de Paseo Caribe

Mercado de Paseo Caribe

Opens daily at 7:00 AM

Recently opened and located at the Paseo Caribe complex overlooking Condado Lagoon, El Mercado de Paseo Caribe consists of approximately 19,000 square feet that incorporates 15 gastronomic experiences. Along with the awesome variety of food options, such as Italian, Mediterranean, Latino, Asian, and a variety of desserts, it also hosts weekly entertainment and art exhibitions featuring local and international artists. 

See the restaurant options> 

Mercado de Paseo Caribe

Opens daily at 7:00 AM

Recently opened and located at the Paseo Caribe complex overlooking Condado Lagoon, El Mercado de Paseo Caribe consists of approximately 19,000 square feet that incorporates 15 gastronomic experiences. Along with the awesome variety of food options, such as Italian, Mediterranean, Latino, Asian, and a variety of desserts, it also hosts weekly entertainment and art exhibitions featuring local and international artists. 

See the restaurant options> 

 

Events at Bahía Urbana

Events at Bahía Urbana

Bahia Urbana is a park in front of the bay located on Pier 6, 7 and 8 of Old San Juan, with beautiful gardens, rest areas, excellent for shopping, walking and enjoying the wonderful view and events on stage.

See this month’s event schedule>

Events at Bahía Urbana

Bahia Urbana is a park in front of the bay located on Pier 6, 7 and 8 of Old San Juan, with beautiful gardens, rest areas, excellent for shopping, walking and enjoying the wonderful view and events on stage.

See this month’s event schedule>

 

La Placita

La Placita

Open year-round

The “Plaza del Mercado”, popularly known as “La Placita” is Santurce’s oldest marketplace. During the day you can find the freshest produce, grab lunch or dinner at one of its restaurants and stroll through the area. By night, it transforms to one of the most social hot spots locals love – with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars adding their unique vibes to the surrounding activity. Also, on weekends you can find restaurants offering brunch menu. This is a must go place when visiting Puerto Rico and only a 5-minute drive from the Condado Palm! 

La Placita

Open year-round

The “Plaza del Mercado”, popularly known as “La Placita” is Santurce’s oldest marketplace. During the day you can find the freshest produce, grab lunch or dinner at one of its restaurants and stroll through the area. By night, it transforms to one of the most social hot spots locals love – with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars adding their unique vibes to the surrounding activity. Also, on weekends you can find restaurants offering brunch menu. This is a must go place when visiting Puerto Rico and only a 5-minute drive from the Condado Palm! 

 

Lote 23

Lote 23

Open Tuesday thru Sunday at 7:00 AM

Lote 23 is a food park located in the heart of Santurce that highlights the culinary and cultural offer of Puerto Rico. Decorated with colorful murals by local artists, it integrates 16 different culinary concepts, developed by some of the most renowned chefs of the island. If you're a true fan of food truck parks, this is definitely a must-go-to place!

Lote 23

Open Tuesday thru Sunday at 7:00 AM

Lote 23 is a food park located in the heart of Santurce that highlights the culinary and cultural offer of Puerto Rico. Decorated with colorful murals by local artists, it integrates 16 different culinary concepts, developed by some of the most renowned chefs of the island. If you're a true fan of food truck parks, this is definitely a must-go-to place!

 

San Sebastián Festival

San Sebastián Festival

Stay tuned for 2019 dates!
Past event: January 18 - 21, 2018 

If you’re in the mood for a party, this is the ultimate fiesta. Drawing nearly half a million people into Old San Juan with music, food, parades and dancing, it’s best described as a cross between Mardi Gras and Carnival. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the time of your life!

San Sebastián Festival

Stay tuned for 2019 dates!
Past event: January 18 - 21, 2018 

If you’re in the mood for a party, this is the ultimate fiesta. Drawing nearly half a million people into Old San Juan with music, food, parades and dancing, it’s best described as a cross between Mardi Gras and Carnival. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare for the time of your life!