Inexpensive Things to Do in Puerto Rico
There are so many things to do in Puerto Rico
La Venta Park has the only free outdoor beach shower in Condado
The park and beach is populated by hotels and restaurants in the area that provide its residents with a place to find food, drinks, local attractions, or a beach-front view to enjoy the scene. Also, if you don’t have a place to shower, La Ventana al Mar provides one of the only free outdoor beach-front showers you can use to clean up any sand and refresh yourself.
La Ventana al Mar Park is a 5-minute walk from the Condado Tourism Center.
Visit La Ventana al Mar Park & Beach
Arts & culture meet entertainment with scenic waterfront views.
La Ventana al Mar Park & Beach on Ashford Avenue in the district of Condado, of San Juan, Puerto Rico is a large public space built in 2004 fronting the Atlantic Ocean.
The park is flanked by two of Condado’s landmark hotels: to the west by the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, and to the east by the La Concha Hotel (1957). The 1.8 hectare public space was developed by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company, and has been credited as one of the principal motors steering the district’s urban revitalisation efforts.
Designed by Puerto Rican architect and urbanist Andrés Mignuc-ci, La Ventana al Mar has won numerous awards for design excellence including awards in the American Institute of Architects Puerto Rico Chapter Design Awards, the Puerto Rico Architecture Biennale, the Miami + Beach Architecture Biennale (Bronze Medal) and the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennale. In 2016, La Ventana al Mar was exhibited at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin as part of the Demo:polis–the Right to Public Space exhibit.
Come visit La Ventana al Mar for a sampling of things to do featuring Puerto Rican culture with its free local events and concerts alongside the beach. The park has been the site for music festivals like “La Ventana al Jazz” and weekend markets and fairs.
Visit Castillo San Felipe del Morro in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Also known as Fuerte San Felipe del Morro, is a 16th-century citadel located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
El Morro or ‘the Promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay.
On the northeastern-most point of the islet of Old San Juan, Castillo San Felipe del Morro is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or ‘the promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.
Fun Film Fact
El Morro was used as a film set in the 1996 motion picture Amistad. Steven Spielberg staged it to represent a fort in Sierra Leone where African slaves were auctioned in 1839.