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Ocean Park Beach

Puerto Rico

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Local Vibes

Though tourists make up the majority of the crowds at beaches like Condado Beach and Isla Verde Beach, Ocean Park Beach might be the only one in San Juan where locals, ex-pats and tourists all rub elbows on a nightly basis. That’s partly because this beach is located in an up-and-coming residential neighborhood outside of the well-worn tourist path.

Neighborhood Gathering Spot

At Ocean Park Beach, you’re more likely to see neighbors sharing beers on a beach blanket than sunburned vacationers reclined in loungers. And as the main unofficial dog beach, it’s the primary place for furry friends to socialize as well.

Kids splash in the waves while friends stroll along the water. As the sun sets and groups begin packing up, the vibe remains lively and jovial, with music drifting in the air well after the sky has gone dark.

Though waves can sometimes be rough, for the most part, Ocean Park Beach is great for swimming. There’s plenty of shade underneath palm trees toward the back of the beach, but come early to claim your spot, especially on weekends. There’s not much in the way of facilities (there are no restrooms and no lifeguards on duty), but there are trash bins, making for a tidy beachfront.

Near the beach’s eastern edge is Parque Barbosa, featuring a running track, a baseball field and a shady park space with a playground and benches.

Dining and Nightlife

There are a few dining options along the beachfront, including UVVA Restaurant and Pamela’s, both of which are housed in boutique hotels.

For a wide range of options, walk to Calle Loiza, home to more restaurants, bars and shops than you can count on your fingers and toes. This rough-around-the-edges area is in the middle of a revival, and the culinary and nightlife options are some of the best in San Juan. Stop in at Kasalta, a bakery and restaurant made famous when President Obama visited in 2011.

Ocean Park Beach at a Glance

City:San Juan

Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By car, taxi or public bus

Best time to visit:Summer or fall - best rates

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Facilities:

  • Several beachfront restaurants; many bars and eateries on Calle Loiza
  • No lifeguards
  • No restrooms

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

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