Bahia Urbana – Waterfront Park in Old San Juan

Update Nov. 30th, 2017- Post Maria- Bahia Urbana is open and operating as usual…even better! They are having many events on weekends.

Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan

For being such a historic place, it’s surprising that new things are always happening in Old San Juan. After years of planning and construction, the expanded waterfront area along San Juan Bay formally opened in Spring 2013. Called Bahia Urbana, this public space runs east along the waterfront, from the cruise ship area (Piers 1-4) to the Pier 7-8 area.

This space offers a great place to walk or sit and enjoy the cool breeze coming off of the bay. If you’re not in the mood to sit and relax, it is also active with various tours, activities and programs.

Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan

Bahia Urbana is a new area — with walkways and parks — along the San Juan Bay waterfront on the south side of Old San Juan. This area has been in the making since the 1980s, and it is finally being completed in sections.

The area by Pier 6 is a waterfront walkway, and the newest part is a large park area at Piers 7 & 8. Plans are to continue the area to the east past the Navy Frontier Pier and eventually to have a pedestrian bridge over to the Convention Center area on the other side of the bay.

What is there to do or see here?

Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan

As you walk east along the waterfront from the cruise ship piers, you will find places to sit and relax. There are flower boxes and some sculptures. There is a beautiful Sea Horse sculpture, and at Pier 6 you will find the the docks for Paseadora Boat Ride..

As you continue to the east, you will cross a pedestrian bridge that will take you to the park at Pier 7/8. That’s where you will find a sandy play area for the kids, restrooms, an outdoor bar/restaurant (Cafe 8), areas to sit and relax, and an open-air amphitheater where many concerts and activities are planned (up to 200 events per year). There is live music every Thursday- Sunday evening/nights. There is a carousel for the kids (Fri-Sun ngihts) and a lovely fountain. Helicopter Tours also take off from this area!

Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan

There are plans for an “urban beach”, that will have water and sand for the kids to splash around in, and an area for an artisan craft market.

Across the street from Bahia Urbana, on the first floor of the big yellow condo building, you can find Rent the Bicycle, a couple of bars, restaurants and shops.

They have done a great job, with crews for cleaning and security, and lights for safe nighttime activities. It is open every day from 6am to 11pm.

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What a great area , I remember working at pier 9 in 60s and 70s great changes

Comment by Richard Boudreau on 29 Mar 2019

I guess it depends on what they like to do. They might enjoy doing a Segway tour around OSJ. Or a bike tour (now both manual and electric). There is Fly Board available if they want to try a fun watersport, or stand up paddleboarding in the lagoon (to maybe see the manatees).

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Mar 2018

I am from PR and living in Boston. Have friends coming to PR on a cruise for the they. They have two teenager girls. They want to máximize their day and inquire about tye must see while station there. any sugestions? Thank you

Comment by Astrid Hostage on 07 Mar 2018

I visited the Bahia Urbana in June, and really enjoyed it. It's really pretty, new, well done, very open, and very breezy. I found it especially nice the hour to hour and a half before sunset. The breeze was so refreshing and relaxing. We did the little boat tour of the bay, which provides nice view of El Morro, Paseo de la Princessa, La Rogativa, La Fortaleza, and La Puerta de San Juan. The view of La Rogativa, was especially cool with the top of the statue visible over the top of the wall --- knowing what the statue represents.

Comment by Josh on 29 Jul 2013

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