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😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
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Escambron Beach – Catch Some Sun in San Juan

Beach is open but you must follow current Executive Orders- no alcohol, group chairs 10 ft apart, no agglomeration- hanging out in water with others, must wear mask anytime not in the water.

Sign at Escambron Beach

Balneario El Escambron is a little beach, just outside of Old San Juan, that is part of the Blue Flag beach program. It is located in Puerta de Tierra section of town, next to the old Normandie Hotel and the Parque Sixto Escobar.

Escambron is described by many as a nice family-friendly beach. It has a small crescent of clean sand and usually calm waters, thanks to the coral reef a short distance from the beach. It also is lined with trees, which provide lots of shade when you feel you have had enough sun. There are lifeguards on duty during the day (8:30am – 5:00pm). You can also see some cool fish if you want to snorkel. We find the best snorkeling (and really it is not good, but it is something!) by following along the floating ropes that border the swimming area.

We enjoy just sitting and taking in the views. The reef usually keeps the waves small on the beach, but beyond the reef you can see surfers trying to catch a wave. Another pretty view is to the west – the Capitol Dome and the El Morro Fort. We also walk up and down the whole area to look for sea glass!

Escambron Beach

If you bring your own food, there are picnic tables available for your use.

Balneario Escambron is usually part of the “Blue Flag Program”, meaning there are facilities and they meet certain water quality standards . The facilities include life guards, outdoor showers (for rinsing off), and restrooms.

We like to walk around this beach area to the east (or you can drive there and park in the lot there by Scuba Dogs). There is another protected beach called La playita. It is part of the marine park of Escambron and also has a nice swimming area and even some reefs (artificial and real) on the east side closer to the old Normandie hotel for snorkeling or SCUBA. There is also a part of the Old City Wall and a fortification to explore. And you can get really nice pictures of the Condado/Ocean Park and Isla Verde waterfront areas. It is a great “secret” beach area. Just as an aside: We would not venture in this area after dark.

Only swim in the designated area and when the warning flag is green. If they are flying a red or yellow flag, it is not safe to go in the water.

There is a $5.00 plus tax parking fee for gated parking (cash only). You can easily take the bus here from either OSJ or Isla Verde areas.

The beach is open 7 days/week 6:30am- 5:30pm

Balneario Escambron is located on Avenida Munoz Rivera, just west of the Normandie Hotel.

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Comments & Discussion

There are 6 comments on this article.

Escambron would be the closest, but it doesn't have all the usual "fun" rental things people may want. For that, take a taxi to Isla Verde beach by the El San Juan hotel. Here you will find chair rentals, jet ski, sailing, etc.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Aug 2016

looking for a nice and safe beach close to the cruise port

Comment by albert on 25 Jul 2016

Thanks for the update

Comment by Gwenn on 18 Dec 2015

There are no shower facilities to be seen here on 12/9 I take that back. There is a sole shower at the bathroom closest to the beach club. Looks like the showers are under construction

Comment by JH on 09 Dec 2015

Well, you can walk there in about 20 mins. But the easiest way would be a taxi. It would be about $12 each way for up to 5 people in a cab. But you need to get the phone number to call the cab back, since they aren't any waiting at the beach for the return trip. You could also catch the bus, but that could be a bit of a wait (no set schedule). But that is only about $0.75 per person each way.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Aug 2015

I will be arriving in San Juan on a Carnival Cruise Ship and was wondering what the easiest way to get from OSJ to Escambron Beach is and about how much it would cost per person? Thanks in advance for your information.

Comment by Rebecca on 31 Jul 2015

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