Puerto Rico

Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Mark Chesnut

In Busy San Juan, Condado Lagoon Offers a Laid-back Puerto Rico Travel Experience

Grab a paddle: renting sea kayaks on Condado Lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


San Juan is a sprawling city with a hectic pace. But Puerto Rico vacations spent here can be as relaxing as a day in the country, when you know where to go. When my partner and I are staying at our condo in the upscale beachfront neighborhood called Condado, one of our favorite ways to enjoy the natural site of the island is by kayaking on Condado Lagoon. 

A calm body of water that divides the Condado and Miramar districts, the Condado Lagoon empties into the Atlantic Ocean underneath the Dos Hermanos Bridge, which is currently being rebuilt and beautified. At a stand across the street from the Conrad Condado Plaza hotel, you can rent sea kayaks, pedal boats and stand-up paddle boards (a two-person kayak rents for $38 for an hour, but you might be able to bargain a bit). You’ll get wet, so bring your waterproof camera and snap some photos of the scenic city views — and keep your eyes open for large iguanas and other wildlife. The lagoon is also great for swimming, so feel free to hop in.  

Local resident: Puerto Rico’s Condado Lagoon is home to a surprising amount of wildlife. 

Urban views: Be sure to bring your waterproof camera when kayaking on Puerto Rico’s Condado Lagoon. 
Swimming in San Juan’s Condado Lagoon, with the Conrad Condado Plaza in the background.

The new Dos Hermanos Bridge spans the Condado Lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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The founder and editor of LatinFlyer.com, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He's worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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