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First Timers

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First Timers

We are considering a late January visit. We are considering either the Marriott San Juan or the Courtyard in Isla Verde due to the availability of oceanfront suites at both. We would prefer a nice beach, no cruise ship day visitors and close proximity to a liquor/grocery store and some restaurants. Can anyone comment on choosing between these 2 properties? Also, are water temps in January/February comfortable for swimming? Thanks so much.

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1. Re: First Timers

Historically, the average coastal ocean temperatures in January and February are 77°F and 78°F, respectively. Quite comfortable for swimming.

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2. Re: First Timers

"...prefer a nice beach..."

The nicest beach in San Juan is located in Isla Verde (where Marriott Courtyard is located). The Condado beach (where Stellaris is located) is just ok.

"...no cruise ship day visitors..."

Go during the week. The ships are in town mostly during the weekends.

"...close proximity to a liquor/grocery store and some restaurants."

Either Condado or Isla Verde will do. Condado has more options.

The water remains warm during the winter. In the 70s I think.

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3. Re: First Timers

Thank you both for your replies. paris7002, can you help with the difference between the 2 beach areas? What makes one the nicest and the other "OK". Thanks again.

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4. Re: First Timers

If your priority is Best Beach then Marriott Courtyard in Isla Verde wins.

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5. Re: First Timers

Thank you, all. Isla Verde wins.

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