Carolina Beach

Puerto Rico

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

Public Beach with Parking

For extended beach bliss, skip packed city beaches and head to Carolina Beach, located just outside of San Juan and next to famous Isla Verde Beach. Unlike other area beaches without lifeguards, parking or restrooms, this balneario includes these amenities when you pay the small fee to park (if you come on foot there’s no fee to enter).

Plus, as a Blue Flag beach, this seaside sanctuary ensures a high water quality level, a nice bit of reassurance for those wary of beaches in urban areas.


With a wide, spacious beachfront and plenty of waves, Carolina Beach is beloved by sunbathers, swimmers and water sports enthusiasts alike.

Pack snacks and enjoy them under the shade of one of several beachfront pavilions, some of which come equipped with barbecue grills. For kids, there’s a splash park near the restrooms on the eastern part of the beach.

For those sensitive to noise, unwinding completely might be a bit hard — since the beachfront lies near the airport, it’s impossible not to see jetliners take off just overhead.

Refreshments and Recreation

Part of Carolina Beach’s appeal is its relative remoteness. But this means that while you may see the occasional beach vendor, you won’t have access to a range of restaurants and bars in the neighborhood surrounding the beach.

Those who want a little more action should head to Vivo Beach Club, a beachfront complex with dining options, shops, a music venue and a brewery, not to mention an outdoor pool and beach club.

Carolina Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By car or taxi

Best time to visit:Late summer/early fall - best hotel rates

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Beach Hours:Facilities open until 5 p.m.


  • Chairs and umbrellas for rent, plus water sports equipment
  • Several beachfront restaurants and Vivo Beach Club
  • Lifeguards on duty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater

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