San Juan/Isla Verde
Isla Verde is also the name of the tiny island some 400 meters north of Punta Medio, with a size of just 2,518 m² (0.6 acres). It is the island that gave name to the district. The island falls within the Cangrejo Arriba barrio of Carolina. The district of Isla Verde is in fact the coastal area of Cangrejo Arriba. Isla Verde is bordered to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west by the San Juan area of Condado, to the south by Santurce (also a San Juan area) and to the east by downtown Carolina. Isla Verde is one of the hundred tourist areas of Puerto Rico hosting various restaurants, hotels, casinos and discothèques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.