The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Isla Verde

Photo of Chanel Mowatt
9 February 2017

Isla Verde is the enchanting resort strip of San Juan and is known for its beautiful beaches. Despite having such a great beach area, Isla Verde – which translates to “Green Island” – offers some beautiful nature to see too. These are a few of the things you must experience in Isla Verde.

Isla Verde Beach | © cogito ergo imago/Flickr

Isla Verde Beach

Many people come to Isla Verde just to visit this beach since it is one of the best on the entire island. With shade from the trees, plenty of local spots to eat, parking and shower areas, it’s no wonder it’s a popular spot on the island. The strip runs all the way from the Isla Verde hotels to a public beach with soft, white sand rivaling what you’d find on Condado Beach.

Isla Verde Beach, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Scuba Diving

All of the local hotels can help you arrange a dive trip right off Isla Verde. Guides can teach techniques for mask and snorkel clearing that will help during the actual snorkel session. They also can help identify camouflaged species that you’d miss without their help. If you have a camera that can be used underwater this is a great opportunity to use it as you snap pictures of beautiful starfish and bright fish.

Isla Verde Beach, Carolina, Puerto Rico

Carolina Beach

A few miles away from the beautiful Isla Verde Beach is Carolina Beach. Tourists typically don’t visit it, but it’s a fan favorite among locals. Carolina is one of two public beaches in San Juan and has beautiful white sand. It’s easily accessible by taxi or car incase you don’t want to walk and has necessary beach facilities like lifeguards and restrooms. Enjoy a coconut underneath the shade of a palm tree.

Carolina Beach, Route 187, Carolina, Puerto Rico


If you continue driving east along the beach you’ll arrive at Piñones. This area is favored by the locals for being more natural and has mangroves as well as a lot of vegetation. If you’re looking to try some authentic Puerto Rican fried finger food you’ll find it here. You can ride bikes – rentals available – on the boardwalk or you could just walk with the views of the beach and forest.

Piñones, 187 Piñones, Puerto Rico

Café La Plage

If you get a bit hungry after your long day, give Café La Plage a chance. If you are able to get brunch there during your day at the beach, not only will you be served great country style omelettes or brioche but they’ll give you a table on the beach. When it’s dark, the café plays European and Latin American films such as The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mamá También, and Volver on the large, beachside white wall above the bar. Reserve your beach bed early to guarantee you’ll be comfortable.

Café La Plage, 4851 Ave Isla Verde, San Juan, Puerto Rico +1 787 268 7733

Mist Club Lounge

Mist is a hot spot for locals and tourists alike. Mist has comfortable seating for rooftop relaxation, a skyline swimming pool, signature drinks and an Caribbean-ItalianSpanish fusion menu. The menu includes Socializers, small plates to share food – a perfect accompaniment to their fruity cocktails. Local and international DJ’s help set the mood all night long.

Mist Club Lounge, 2 Tartak Street, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico +1 787 728 3666

El San Juan Hotel & Casino

A sparkling crystal chandelier and tuxedoed waiters greet you upon entering El San Juan’s Casino. As one of the most impressive casinos in Isla Verde, you can expect an overall glamorous experience during your trip here. Open from noon until 3am every day, the casino resembles a classic European casino with 336 slot machines and 27 table games.

El San Juan Hotel & Casino, 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina, Puerto Rico +1 787 791 1000

The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Casino

Not only is this the largest casino in the Caribbean, but it’s open 24 hours and covers two floors. There are 300 slot machines and casino favorites like blackjack, craps and roulette. The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Casino has a sophisticated decor that is reminiscent of a tropical resort in the 1940’s and offers live entertainment every night.

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