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Isla Verde vs. Condado

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Isla Verde vs. Condado

Hi--I am wondering what the difference is between these two beaches both in terms of swimming and beauty and distance. I am considering La Concha but am concerned I won't enjoy the beach as much. El San Juan was another option but the reviews have scared me off and I'm at a loss. Thanks in advance for your help!

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1. Re: Isla Verde vs. Condado

Isla Verde has a nicer beach. Condado has more walkable retaurants and shops. Which is nicer? It depends on what you are looking for. The hotels vary on each. The posts that follow will no doubt favor one over the other.

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Well, I am partial to Isla Verde. In Isla Verde you get the feeling you are in a resort, the beach is better and is close to all the attractions. Condado is more of a city feeling, if you want to shop, this will probably be better. If you want to enjoy the beach, but still be close to the city, then Isla Verde.

Take a look at Isla Verde: http://www.squidoo.com/puertoricoistheplace

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Isla Verde beach is far nicer than Condado. El San Juan Hotel has great shops and nightlife. It is a really beautiful hotel. You can also take a bus ride for only 75 cents and it will take you to Condado or Old San Juan.

La Concha is a very beautiful hotel, but the beach is rough.

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Hi jcg, If you are scared off by some of the negative reviews of the El San Juan ( the great majority of which have recently been posted by "Hilton Rewards divas") You should consider the Intercontinental which is next door. To catch a nice glimpse of Isla Verde beach watch the 2007 film "Illegal Tender" . There are lots of scenes shot in San Juan including a long scene on the beach.

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PRVisitor is correct. Go with the Intercontinental, but be careful of the room. Higher is better. Ocean view is better than city view. What you don't want is a low floor on the ocean side that looks out on the roof of the business part of the hotel -- even a low floor on the city side is better than that. Isla Verde is the place to be in San Juan for the beach, and the Intercontinental pool is pretty nice. Also, the Intercontinental is close to a lot of restaurants as well as the casino in the El San Juan. If you want to sightsee, you can bus or cab it to Old San Juan. I think a taxi is worth it, but it's probably about 20 bucks each way. You can also rent a car either at the hotel or at Charlie's about a block away for a day of exploring, or the concierge can arrange tours. There is a lot to see and do in PR. I've done a lot of it so I tend to stay at the beach, but a little exploring is worth considering. Also, if you have a day where the weather isn't so great for the beach or pool, PR has plenty to do.

The one caution I have for you is that Isla Verde beach is plenty swimmable for the average adult, unlike Condado (just too rough). If, however, you want really placid water and that is paramount, go with the Caribe Hilton. The beach there is behind an artificial jetty and is a place you could take an infant there.

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Everyone is saying Isla Verde beach is nicer, but I feel Condado beach is best, especially when you walk opposite from Old San Juan on Ashford, where you'd hit the Ocean park BEach. That beach is beautiful! Has a great restaurant right on it, where you can eat on the sand while watch kitesurfers do their thing. (Pamela

s Restaurant). I feel Isla Verde is more resorty and touristy. Isla Verde is good for families because of the diverse options in watersports. I say go to La Concha and walk to Ocean Park one day. Or better yet, you can stay at Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan, a beautiful historical hotel, part of SLH of the world. They have two sister properties, one is in Isla VErde (Marriot Courtyard) and the other is in Condado (La Concha) . They provide beach passes for their guests, where you can use to access these larger pool and beach facilities and charge anything to your room. This way you get the best of all worlds. History and Beach, can't beat that!

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Thank you so much for the input! I always appreciate it! I ended up choosing the El San Juan because the Intercontinental was unavailable. Apparently, the higher floor rooms in the tower should be renovated and be nice, as opposed to the older rooms. I will report back!

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Ok, jcg, The El San Juan! Its a Puerto Rican institution. Forget that Waldorf Astoria nonsense. You have the right idea about the tower rooms. They have been renovated, but it could have been done better IMO. Ask for a room on the 6-8 floor with and odd number. That should be reasonably quiet and facing the pools/ocean. The key to enjoying the El San Juan is 80% attitude and 20% cash. Be delighted when you get out of the taxi. Tip the doorman, he'll remember you and make sure that your luggage is attended to. At the desk, politely refuse any "upgrade" with the word "lanai" in it, unless its "ocean front" when asking for a preferred floor or room, make it clear that you will tip for that as well. From that point, be congenial with all your servers and patient, the pace in PR is not ASAP. In my experience, If you tell Puerto Ricans that you love Puerto Rico, they will love you back.

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9. Re: Isla Verde vs. Condado

How far is the walk from laconcha to ocean park beach?

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10. Re: Isla Verde vs. Condado

How far of a walk is laoncha hotel to ocean park beach