Now Open: The Mall of San Juan
Puerto Rico boasts the largest shopping mall in the Caribbean, and outlet malls in both Barceloneta and Canovanas. Now we can add to that list with the high-end stores at the Mall of San Juan, which held it’s grand opening on 26 March 2015.
Anchored by Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, it is expected to have approximately 100 upscale retail shops open by the end of the year. The mall is located just across the San José Lagoon from Isla Verde and Condado, and only minutes from the SJU airport.
Upscale Shopping Experience
The Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom stores are the first of their kind in the Caribbean. Many of the other retailers are also the first stores of their brands in Puerto Rico, including Hervé Léger, Jimmy Choo, and Versace.
In addition to the high-end stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Kate Spade, there are also mainstream stores like Gap, Banana Republic, and Pottery Barn.
If all that shopping makes you hungry, eateries include Burger & Beer Joint (with outdoor seating with views of the San José Lagoon), BRIO Tuscan Grille, and Kona Grill. On the first weekend of every month, there will be live music in the outdoor dining terrace on the third floor.
In the center of the mall, there is a kids’ play area, and a “center stage” area with lots of seating to enjoy frequent live entertainment.
Other Services & Amenities
They mall offers free WIFI, wheelchair rentals, and a Passport to Shopping discount booklet (available at the Customer Service counter to folks from outside of Puerto Rico). The Customer Service folks can also help with local hotel reservations, flight information, and local bus routes.
Taxi Fare To & From the Mall
Though there is plenty of parking at the mall. 8/15- new info- there may be a bus E40 that goes from the airport to the Mall. The route says it goes there, but the map does not show it going there! I would double check with the driver BEFORE getting on the bus! If you don’t have a rental car (or don’t want to be bothered with driving), there are fixed taxi rates for transportation to and from the Mall of San Juan.
You can expect the ride to be 10-15 minutes from the Isla Verde and Condado areas, and 15-20 minutes from the cruise ships and Old San Juan.
- Cruise Ship piers — $22
- Old San Juan — $22
- Condado Hotels — $18
- Isla Verde Hotels — $13
- Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) — $13
These rates do not include the $2 fuel surcharge, nor the $1 charge per bag. Tolls are paid by passengers. Taxis will drop you off and pick you up at the main central north mall entrance.
The Mall of San Juan is open 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.
You can visit the Mall of San Juan web site for more information and a current list of stores.
There is plenty of free parking in the parking towers attached to Saks Fifth Avenue or Nordstrom. There is also an uncovered parking lot, but accessing the mall from the parking garages is easier. There is also valet parking available.
The Mall of San Juan is located at the south end of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, five minutes from the Luis Muñoz Marín Airport (SJU) International airport. It can be easily accessed from Route 17 or Route 8. Just follow the signs!
Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.
- Mall of San Juan: (18.411566, -66.026537)
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