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Shop Beach-side at the Urban Market in Condado

Posted on Dec 4th, 2010 by • Updated on May 7th, 2014

Condado Mercado Urbano

Are you looking for a fun shopping experience in San Juan? On the first Sunday of every month, the Urban Market (Mercado Urbano, in Spanish) is set up at La Ventana al Mar in Condado.

Under big tents, this market holds about 40 or 50 vendors of local, Puerto Rican made products. Most of the vendors offer samples, so you can try before you buy. Everything is home grown or home made on the island. You’ll be able to find plants, flowers, soaps, breads, sangria, coffee, cheese, vinegars, ice cream … all sorts of things. It is a great stop.

A Little Bit of Everything

I can’t believe it took me so long to make the time to visit this market. I fell in love at first sight! The market started in December 2009 and has been getting bigger/better each month. It is held at Plaza Ventana al Mar, under big tents, ocean-front, with 40 to 50 local vendors (from all over Puerto Rico) from 9am (or so) to 5pm (or so) on the first Sunday of every month.

There is something for everyone. And I learned a lot about Puerto Rico! Did you know there is a goat farm on the island that makes cheese?

Condado Mercado Urbano

There were vendors for all sorts of coffees, fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, sauces, honey, candy, sangrias, Coquito, and what caught my eye (of course) — plants, herbs, delicious pineapples (and frappes) and the coolest ice cream flavors. Have you ever had rose petal, jasmine or basil ice cream? Yum! Stop by and try them! You can get great gifts, treats and/or souvenirs (for yourselves and others!).

The farmers/producers are right there, so you can talk with them, ask questions and, best of all, many of the vendors let you try their products before you buy, so you know you will like it when you get home. That is way better than any supermarket.

At it is all fresh and locally made/grown in Puerto Rico. By shopping at this market, you will be supporting local jobs and industry. It is a win-win situation!

The market is a joint effort of the Department of Agriculture, The Tourism Company and Banco de Desarrollo Económico to help the local farmers and agriculture specialists in Puerto Rico. And there was music (live at times) throughout the day. How can you not love this?

Details

Condado Mercado Urbano

The Mercado Urbano is open from 9am to 5pm on the first Sunday of the month. Due to popular demand, the Mercado Urbano is also held at different places around the island on other days of the month. Keep an eye out for their signs, or join our PRDayTrips group for up to the minute information on locations.

Parking is on the street or in pay parking lots by the hotels. Pay attention to the no parking signs … The police will ticket illegally parked cars.

The tents are set up in a grassy park, so wear appropriate shoes.

Arrive early for the best selection. The flower people were sold out when we got there at mid-day.

The market is held at La Ventana al Mar on Ashford Ave in Condado. That’s located next to La Concha resort and a short walk from the Marriot Stellaris Resort and Casino.

Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.

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  1. My girlfriend and I went today (something to do on a rainy day!) and the market wasn’t there! It looked like they were cleaning up from a festival or something.

    Any idea why? We’re in Puerto Rico for another two weeks and it’d be great if we’d be able to see the market, and try some of that jasmine ice cream you mentioned!

  2. We did some calling around and found out that today (01 May 2011), the mercado was at Palmas del Mar in Humacao. No idea why. They are supposed to be back in the Condado on 05 June 2011.

  3. Do you know if they will be there on New Year’s Day this year (2011)? It falls on a first Sunday and we thought it’d be a great family thing to do. If you don’t, what would be a good number to call to ask about it? Thank you.

  4. From what we have heard, they will not be having the Urban Market in Condado on January 1, 2012.

  5. Is there any way to find out what dates and locations this market is scheduled to be at in May 2012?

    Thank you !

  6. Will the market be a available may 6 in condado? Thank you.

  7. @cbaez- As far as we know it will be. We will post something if we hear differently.

  8. @Aimee- the best suggestion I have is to contact them on their Facebook page. We also would love to know their schedule, as they do show up all over at various times of the month.

  9. Saludos! Pense que lo habria cada mes en algún lugar diferente de la isla. Soy de Ponce y se me hace dificil llegar a Sn Juan. Hubo un tiempo que trajeron un Mercado Orgánico y era el 3er domingo de mes, pero ya hace mas de un año que no lo traen. Era muy bueno. Gracias por su atención.
    Atte. Marina Partida de Nazario.

  10. That would be a great idea. You should probably try to contact the people that run the organic markets in SJ and see if they would be able to do them in other parts of PR. I know there are weekly or sometimes only monthly produce markets around the island in other towns, but mainly from Rincon/Aguadilla and northeast from there. I will be doing an article on various markets soon.

  11. If Puerto Rico was really interested in bringing tourist to all their events the 1st needed is advertisement in Lobbies of all Hotel, Car Rentals, if everyone joined together to let tourist and even the islanders know what events are happening date,time,direcctions in advance they would be so full would not know what to do. Every time I am looking for a place to take my elderly parents I find out after the event is over and where, when my collegue nurses ask me what is there to do here I spend more time searching then getting the answers, Flyers at airports would also be a great way of letting everyone know what is going on in the island,my best memories as a child was getting off the plain entering the airport passing the fountain and listening to the Spanish music, beautiful orchids and other flowers the Palm trees,I knew I was home. Now coming to Puerto Rico is like any airport. Jet Blue side is bland.

  12. I agree with you, but there is nothing we can do about that. You may want to contact the PR Tourism company and make your suggestions. We try to post the coming events on our Events Calendar page: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/calendar-of-events/ and also weekly on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PuertoRicoDayTrips

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