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A Weekend in Puerto Rico: A 3-Day Itinerary


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Day Three: Rest, Relaxation and Retail
A Weekend in Puerto Rico: A 3-Day Itinerary

Condado Beach

Photo © Zain Deane

And on the Third Day, He (or She) Rested.

Your last day in Puerto Rico is a time to take it easy, and the best way to do that is to hit the beach in the morning. It's also a good idea to do this early, so you can shower, check out of the hotel, and go out to enjoy shopping for souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, or anything else that catches your eye.


  1. You have a few choices on which beach to hit in San Juan. If you're staying in Puerta de Tierra, you'll be best served by the El Escambrón public beach nearby. For those of you staying in the resort strip of Condado and Isla Verde, or in the Ocean Park neighborhood, the choice is easy, because the beach is right in front of you. You can't go wrong with either option, but I'm partial to the Ocean Park Beach for its laid back ambience. Nearby, Punta Las Marías Beach is a haven for surfers.

  2. For your last lunch, try to make it out to La Casita Blanca, a short cab ride away but well worth the trip for authentic Puerto Rican home-cooking. Closer to home are Pinky’s in Ocean Park for health-conscious wraps and shakes, and Ceviche House in Isla Verde for Peruvian specialties.

  3. Spend the remainder of your day getting some shopping done. If you're looking for a souvenir, check out this listing of recommended shops. If it's jewelry you're after, head to Fortaleza and Cristo Streets in Old San Juan. For high fashion (think Gucci and Louis Vuitton), stroll along Ashford Avenue in ritzy Condado.

  4. If you hate shopping, there is always a casino ready to welcome you. In Isla Verde, the El San Juan Hotel & Casino and the Ritz-Carlton have two of the nicer ones on the island.

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