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Isla Verde is in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

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Get in

Taking a cab is probably the easiest way to get to this area of the island. It costs from $10 to $20 depending on the luggage and destination. You do not need to tip the men outside of baggage claim who organize the cabs but the taxi driver (usually in a van) works for tips, so be nice.

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Do

Rent a car from Allied Car Rental or Charlie's car rentals, where they usually have decent prices on Jeeps and convertibles, and drive east out of Isla Verde along Route 187 toward Fajardo. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you can see small sand entrances amongst dense trees that you can drive into, leading you to semi-private or private beach areas. These areas aren't great for swimming but you can certainly cool off privately or stop for a picnic.

See also "Get Around" "Rental Car" under San Juan for driving there.

Buy

Several tourist and fine stores line the main street of the area. Puebla is a block off of the main street and facing the airport. It offers everything you'd expect of a modern supermarket.

Eat

Go to Espana Bakery. On the south side of the highway (west end of Isla Verde) it has been in existence for over 30 years easily the best place to get "pastelitos" of many types, Spanish style soup (Fabada Austriana or Caldo Gallego - both are versions of hearty bean and ham or sausage soups), sandwiches and "cafecito" the local coffee drink drunk any time of the day or night.

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Sleep

The area holds many excellent hotels and condominiums; some of the latter offer units for rent. Hotels on the beach often charge higher rates than others. Hotels near the airport usually insulate rooms effectively against the noise of aircraft landing and taking off. Nearly all are within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, from fast food to island specialties.

  • El San Juan Hotel & Casino, 6063 Isla Verde Avenue, Carolina 00979 Puerto Rico. 866-317-8935. [1]. 15 minutes from the shopping, entertainment, and history of charming Old San Juan.
  • InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino, [2]. Featuring a superb beachfront location on trendy Isla Verde, steeped in dining and nightlife options.
  • Courtyard Isla Verde Beach Resort, 7012 Boca de Cangrejos Ave, 791-0404 or 800-791-2553.
  • Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino, 8000 Calle Tartak, 791-0505 or 800-362-2779.
  • Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan Resort, 6530 Isla Verde Ave, 791-8777 or 800-426-7866. Clean and friendly, business-oriented Inn
  • Howard Johnson Hotel, 4820 Isla Verde Ave, 728-1300.
  • Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa & Casino, 6961 Los Gobernadores Ave, 253-1700 or 800-241-3333.
  • The San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel [3], 2 Calle Tartak, (787)728-3666 | 888-265-6699. Pet-friendly luxury boutique hotel on the beach. If you can get a good price on a room, take it as you are on the beach and close to pretty much everything. They offer free beach, towel and umbrella service with your stay, which adds up if you are a beach goer.
  • Holiday Inn. reasonably priced, a couple places to eat on site, short walk to the main drag. Free internet & WiFi (just ask at front desk for a login) $110.

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