Playa de san juan puerto rico: Playa Peña — San Juan, Puerto Rico

Playa Peña — San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Playa Peña, a wonderful surprise just a few minute’s walk from Old San Juan.  For many years there was no beach in Old San Juan.  City workers and volunteers cleaned up this beach and gave locals and visitors easy access to it.  It’s perfect for those needing a little escape from the hustle of the city just a few steps away.  Peña translates to rock, and the name is descriptive of the beach due to all the rocks along the shore which gives it so much character.

Access to Playa Peña is right across from El Capitolio (Capitol Building), you’ll see the steps to the right of the San Juan Bautista statue.  This beach is not crowded.  Most visitors that want beach time stay at the beach resort areas of Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde, so you may find yourself sharing this beach with just a few other people – giving you a more relaxed natural experience.

If you were to walk east of the steps, you will get to some ruins and find sea glass along the shore.  The left side is nicer (in the summer months) and when the tide is low.

Please Note:  You´ll want to immediately claim your spot and jump in the clear waters, but please enjoy this beach with care.  Depending on the conditions, strong currents could take you right out into the open water, the riptide and undertow can be very dangerous.  There are no lifeguards at this beach.  Use the beach at your own risk, not recommended for children.  The water is best for swimming during the summer months, the water is crystal clear, warm and the views of the fort from the water make this beach a unique place.

We’ll start our online photo tour by walking to the west end of the beach, where you´ll find a beautiful scenic corner perfect for relaxation and watching the waves.  At high tide it may not be possible to use the beach on the west end, the water comes all the way out to the wall.

When you walk all the way to the end, you’ll find this breathtaking spot.  The waters run like a stream, and the bottom is rocky with smooth pebbles in white, red, black, and brown.  The water is from 6 inches to about 1.5 feet deep (changes with the tide).  There are schools of tiny fish – perfect for kids.  There’s an opening to the ocean protected by a wall of rocks that allows fresh flowing water to come in.  Keep yourself and your children away from that spot for your protection.

This spot is really beautiful… below is a couple looking for sea glass at the bottom.  When the tide is low, this is a wonderful spot to watch the water flow into this natural pool.

Here you don’t hear the sounds of the city…only ocean waves crashing in.

Water coming in across the rock wall…creates a safer spot for enjoying the water.

Getting to Peña Beach -San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you’re staying in Old San Juan, the easiest and most convenient way to get to this beach is by taking the free trolley.   Get off at the Capitol Building stop (18A).  Right across from the Capitol Building, you’ll see a statue of San Juan Bautista (Saint John the Baptist) and a stairway to the right leading down to this beautiful and unique beach.  Purchase a cooler bag, bring your favorite drinks, plenty of sunscreen lotion, and a towel.  Hop on the trolley and enjoy a great beach day in Old San Juan.

Safety at Playa Peña

The sandy area is not easily seen from the road, so it does feel a bit isolated.  I was told that the police/ security patrol nearby walks and take a peek down from above.  Although Old San Juan is considered a very safe area, common sense should always be practiced when you travel as you would in any other city.

As mentioned earlier, there are no lifeguards at this beach, so use the beach at your own risk and parents keep an eye on your children at all times.  In case of an emergency call 911 and walk up the steps.  There are police patrolling the area all day just across the street.

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If you’re longing for a beach escape with vibrant city life, San Juan has it down to perfection.  Unlike most cities, you will find the beaches of San Juan to be relaxed and uncrowded on weekdays. Enjoy miles of beaches with plenty of room to relax on the sand.  Whether you like a trendy Miami-style beach or a more casual scene, or you wish to snorkel or scuba dive, you can find a beach in San Juan to meet your needs.

The capital city of Puerto Rico is the most accessible and affordable beach city vacation in the Caribbean.  In just a 3.5-hour flight from many cities in the US, you can find yourself laying under a palm tree enjoying the pleasures of a Caribbean island, and enjoying an amazing drink where the Piña Colada was invented.   Be sure to leave time to visit the best beaches around Puerto Rico easily explored by renting a car.

A list of frequently asked questions is included at the end of the list.

Escambron Beach – The Best & Most Beautiful Beach in San Juan

Two Beaches, Historic Site, Great Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Site

The best public beach in the capital city of San Juan is located in Puerta de Tierra, right between Old San Juan & Condado.  Here at Escambron, you can enjoy swimming waters on two distinct beaches, go snorkeling and scuba diving, a historic site, and have sweeping views of Condado and Old San Juan.  Escambron Beach is managed by the municipality, the only beach with facilities.  

There are two beaches inside Escambron, the first is the most popular, it is wide with a protected swimming area by a coral wall.   The other beach has calmer water and is popular for snorkeling and scuba divers where sea turtles are often spotted.  This beach is also home to the fortification of Bateria El Escambron, from where you can enjoy sweeping views of the city and the coastline of the Condado Tourist District.

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Condado Beach

Best Beach with Resorts

Enter Condado Beach where sand, sun, water, and trendy beachfront resorts come together in Miami Beach style.  For those that love lounging, watching, and listening to the sound of the waves, with beachside resort services Condado Beach is a good choice.  Condado Beach is centrally located within walking distance of many restaurants, shopping, and casinos.  If you wish to swim at the beach, you may walk to Playita del Condado where the water is calm, or Condado Lagoon where you can go paddleboarding, kayaking, and other water activities.

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Isla Verde Beach

Three Beaches, Three Great City Beach Experiences

Although not officially part of the capital city of San Juan, a quick 15 minutes drive east, you can enjoy Isla Verde Beach, a recently acclaimed best city beach in the Caribbean and under the US Flag.   This lively and beautiful beach is popular for water sports, safe for swimming, and a favorite place to learn how to surf for families with children.  What is often referred to as Isla Verde Beach is actually three beaches, each with distinct traits.

You can get to Isla Verde with a quick and inexpensive taxi ride from San Juan.  When you’re hungry, there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to choose from within walking distance of the beach.  If you don’t find a hotel that suits your needs in San Juan, Isla Verde Beach offers a nice selection of beachfront hotels, resorts, and small inns.  Isla Verde is just 5 minute drive from the SJU Airport.

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Ocean Park Beach

Laid Back Beach with Budget-Friendly Inns

A popular beach for both locals and visitors with a more laid-back vibe and fewer crowds than nearby Isla Verde and Condado beach.  The mile-long beach is wide, the sand is soft and ivory white.  Ocean Park is a perfect mix of relaxation and fun on the sand and waves.   Visitors can relax under intimate romantic spots shaded by palm and seagrape trees.  If you wish to stay active, join locals on a game of beach or tennis volleyball or come early morning for a relaxed walk or jog.  Don’t miss our photo tour of Ocean Park complete with the best beach access points and visitor’s tips.

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La Playita del Condado

Best Beach for Families, Swimming & Location

This beach may be small, but it has some pretty fantastic qualities.   The water is pretty with aquamarine blues and calm for swimming and snorkeling.   Access is very convenient, you may park across the street in the parking garage and within walking distance from many hotels along Ashford Avenue.  The views of the fort and modern city add interest while lounging on the beach.   There are many restaurants within walking distance of the beach.  Umbrellas and lounge chairs are available for rent.  La Playita del Condado is a great beach option for cruisers who want beach time nearby, the closest beach to the cruise ports.  If you’re traveling with small children, you may want to visit this beach, protected by a rock wall keeping the waters calm under normal weather conditions.  Stay at the hotel next door to enjoy it just a few steps away.

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Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon)

Best Water for Kayaking & Paddleboarding (SUP)

Those that prefer to find quiet and relaxing water activities head to Laguna del Condado, commonly known as the Condado Lagoon.  Right in between Condado and the highway, protected from the traffic noise by a line of almond and mangrove trees you can glide on clear blue waters where manatees, sea turtles, and other friendly beautiful creatures call home.   Laguna del Condado offers the most popular and top-rated kayaking tours by day and night in the San Juan / Metro area.  If you enjoy the sport of SUP, be sure to book a session or rent a board to do on your own. On the southwest corner of Laguna del Condado is a small beach that’s never crowded.  You can walk from Condado across the bridge to reach it.  

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Bahia de San Juan “San Juan Bay”

Most Scenic Experience on the Water

Bahia de San Juan is not a beach but a very special body of water certainly deserving of a spot on your list of things to do.  The San Juan Bay offers visitors one of the most scenic and romantic experiences, not to be missed by sunset lovers.  

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La Posita de Piñones (Posita Beach)

Best Beach Away from Crowds with Clear & Shallow Waters

Distance from San Juan: 30 minutes

This beach is a nice getaway offering a more natural setting with few crowds during the week but not too far from the city.   What makes this beach special is what you find on the beaches along the north coast of Puerto Rico, although facing the Atlantic, a natural coral wall runs along the beach, creating a natural pool with shallow and very clear water.  Families with children will enjoy this beach, the depth of the water rarely goes above the waist.  For some added fun, you can watch planes fly above since the airport is just minutes away.

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Playa Peña Beach

Best Beach for a Romantic Walk

A secret surprise because not many people get to visit or know about this little gem right across from the Capitol Building, just past the San Cristobal Fortress.  Once here, you’ll forget you’re in a major city, you may be sharing this beach with a few other couples.  During low tide this beach is nice for watching and listening to the waves, taking a dip, and getting a great tan. Don’t miss taking a walk down to the fort ruins.

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What is the most beautiful beach in San Juan Puerto Rico?

That is a question that’s very difficult to answer, what may appeal to most people, may not be your favorite type of beach.  Overall, the best and most beautiful beach in San Juan is Balneario El Escambron, offering two beaches with distinct personalities where you can snorkel, swim, scuba dive safely and take a romantic walk along the beach and tidal pools without crowds.  

We invite you to stay on this page a little longer and please take a look at all the beaches, each with a unique ambiance, vibe and scenery.  We believe you’ll find YOUR own favorite beach. 

Which beach is better? Condado Beach or Isla Verde Beach?

Condado Beach is not safe for swimming but great for lounging, located in a more attractive and upscale tourist district with more luxurious beachfront resorts and a great variety of restaurants and shops. Within walking distance, there are nicer beaches to swim, go paddle boarding, snorkel, and scuba dive. Isla Verde Beach is a very long beach with watersports including surfing, safer water for swimming, with two upscale beachfront resorts, however, you’ll need to transportation to see major attractions in San Juan. 

Can you swim in the ocean in San Juan?

What is the closest beach to Old San Juan?

The closest beaches to Old San Juan are the following: 

Beaches where you can walk from Old San Juan

Walking times are departing from Plaza de Colon in Fortaleza Street. 

    • Playa Peña – 9 minute walk
    • Escambron Beach – 30 minute walk via the scenic walkway of Paseo Puerta de Tierra

More beaches near Old San Juan

  • Playita del Condado – 6 minute drive
  • Condado Beach – 7 minute drive

Does San Juan have good beaches?

Well we certainly believe so, we walked them, we enjoy them all year long and so do thousands of repeat visitors that come year after year.   San Juan is a vibrant and bustling city yet our beaches are nice and relaxed even in high season.  There are many beaches to choose from and just about every type of traveler will find a favorite one.  San Juan offers beaches with calm water safe for swimming, you can snorkel and scuba dive, there are beaches great for water sports, trendy city beach for lounging and being pampered by resort staff, a beach for a romantic walk where you can search for sea glass and visit a ruin, and even paddleboard and kayak in a lagoon that’s a manatee reserve.  On top of the nice selection of beaches in San Juan, nearby you can enjoy the beaches of Isla Verde just 15 minutes from San Juan, Luquillo Beach, and of course rent a car to explore the best beaches of Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico is small, so no place is too far from San Juan,  most of the best beaches can be enjoyed as a day trip. 

Which beach has the clearest water in San Juan Puerto Rico?

  • Escambron Beach has beautiful clear water.    
  • Playita del Condado has clear turquoise water 
  • Posita de Piñones in Loiza has a long natural pool protected by a coral wall with very clear water. 
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Playa San Juan in Tenerife — Guide in English

Guia de Isora, Canary Islands, Spain

25 km from the lively southern resorts of Tenerife, you can find a wonderful place with a quiet provincial charm. For example, the port town Playa San Juan ( Playa de San Juan ), located on the southwestern coast of the island in the province of Guia de Isora. It is separated from Santa Cruz by about 6 km to the west, from Puerto de Santiago — 8 km to the east. The closest neighbor is the fishing village of Alcala, just 3 km away.

San Juan is a small pearl of Tenerife in the same row as Paraiso, Callao, Arena, Santiago, Gigantes, Alcala. Secluded corners of paradise are very loved by locals and little known to guests. A noisy tourist may find them boring.

However, your city, if you:

  • are financially limited;
  • want to feel like a real Canarian;
  • decided to travel in a rented car rather than meditate on the square meters of an expensive suite;
  • love the idyll of nature: the sound of the surf crashing on the rocky shore, the lazy bustle of the port, the bitter smell of the mountain steppes, the romance of the night sky over the boundless ocean, the predawn silence illuminated by the first rays of the sun.


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  • Beaches
    • Rosali beach
    • Plaiya-san-huan beach
  • Hotels nearby
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    • on map0005 Virgen de Guía , worshiped by the new settlers of these places. The double historical name was formalized by royal decree of June 1916.

      The town of San Juan is one of 17 settlements in the south of Isora. It is located at the mouth of the Gia Gorge, surrounded by banana and flower plantations. Perhaps the main value of the surrounding area can be considered fresh water, which is abundant here by Tenerife standards. You can count about 40 artesian sources. And how many more are hidden in the steppe spaces!

      The history of the settlement dates back to the first half of the 16th century. A remote fishing village arose on the very shore of the ocean with the arrival of the conquistadors, who declared themselves masters of life. It began with the construction of the port of St. John, which for a long time was used for navigation in coastal waters, including for fishing.

      Playa San Juan is home to more than 200,000 islanders. The seemingly unremarkable Atlantic town in 2012 was in the top five best places for people to live on planet Earth.

      The mild and dry climate, the presence of bays suitable for the city beach and the cleanest environment have played into the hands of the resort industry, which is actively developing at the present time. European pensioners quickly felt the charm of Isora, and at the first opportunity look into this quiet haven. In the early morning they take tables in coastal cafes and sit with a cup of strong coffee until late in the evening.

      Meanwhile, smiling citizens go to work to catch as many seafood as possible for sale. Everything that has not left the pier goes to retail chains. Despite the fact that fishermen and traders do not forget about the siesta, the store shelves are overflowing with seafood, and freshly caught fish is prepared in restaurants.

      So imperceptibly day turns into night, winter into summer. The life of a small town flows smoothly, not knowing cataclysms. Yes, and where to rush, if in 3-4 hours, wherever you “run”, you still find yourself on the shore of a huge bottomless ocean. Perhaps this is the philosophy of Canarian happiness.

      In fact, they are within easy reach from here. The road to Las Americas takes 20 minutes, to Santa Cruz less than an hour on the autobahn. Port of Saint John is ideal as a starting point for exploring the island. Coastal Highway TF-47 is a convenient direct link to both north and south, from Alcala to Adeje. Highway TF-463 leads to the administrative center of Guia de Isora.

      From the southern airport 36 km from the northern one — 95 km. Intercity bus service is extremely sluggish. Therefore, if you do not «seal» the entire vacation on the beach, then there is nothing to do here without renting a car. Taxi is more expensive.


      San Juan got a rocky basalt coast formed by hardened volcanic rocks. The one and a half kilometer coastline accommodates the port and several picturesque beaches with different coverage.

      Playa Rosalia

      Wild rocky beach a kilometer from the port behind the rocks in the northern part of the city, where Bahamar Street ends. People come here to stay away from walking areas, listen to the sound of the surf, dream in solitude, enjoy the sunset. It is difficult to walk barefoot along the narrow and rocky beach spit without the habit. In a strong storm, entering the water turns into a test for yogis, which not everyone wants to pass. I must say that strong waves still happen here, albeit infrequently. But is it not enough just to contemplate the elements without entering into a dangerous single combat with it?

      Service is completely non-existent in this place, and until the sluggish Tenerife people roll up their sleeves, the little cove of Rosalia remains a virgin bosom of Atlantic nature.

      Driving along the rocky coast along the federal highway TF-47 from San Juan towards Alcala, you won’t even notice how you pass this piece of paradise. What a pity if so!

      Playa San Juan Beach

      Civilized city beach starts from the port, its length is about 380 m. Playa San Juan port bay is spacious, so the ocean is calm and friendly. From strong storms and gusty winds, the beach area is beaten off by breakwaters. The gray sandy spit with pebble spots, although narrow, only about 30 m wide, allows even small children to get used to big water. Sunbathing accessories, namely sun loungers, umbrellas, sports equipment, can be freely rented. The main stationary amenities are also provided: showers with fresh water, garbage cans, a lifeguard tower, an open-air cafe.

      Perhaps, in terms of respectability and service equipment, San Juan beach is inferior to the southern favorites Costa Adeje, Las Americas or Los Cristianos, but not in terms of natural frequency. Otherwise, he would not have received the coveted Blue Flag in 2012 as one of the best beaches in Spain.

      Towards the southern edge, the civilized beach «turns to stone», and behind the cape it completely «runs wild», turning into Playa Aguadulce. This is a narrow coastal strip 250 m long with sharp pebbles and small pebbles, which was chosen by surfers. Strong sea waves, lack of amenities, mountain steppe to the horizon — baby Aguadulce is a big fan.

      Hotels nearby

      From a small port town with less than 10 thousand inhabitants and no special attractions, it is hardly worth demanding a highly developed hotel infrastructure. But those two dozen that already exist are warmly welcomed and according to the European standard. The hotel business is sensitive to the demand of the visiting public, not leaving a single tourist unattended. People of age and families rent home-style cozy apartments. Young and active people try to rent housing more simply, because most of the time they spend outside its walls. Newlyweds are looking for secluded aesthetically beautiful nests. At the same time, we must not forget that San Juan is mainly focused on the budget tourist.

      Typical San Juan offers:

      • Apartamentos Carla on Avenida Emigrante, 6.
      • Eurosant Playas on Isla de la Gomera, 8.
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      line, a stone’s throw from the port beach. They have everything you need for a comfortable stay, but no frills: a kitchen, TV, internet, a terrace overlooking the port and the ocean, parking. For 40-50 euros per day, a good deal. This is evidenced by the high rating among guests — 8.5 out of 10.

      But what about someone for whom exclusivity and luxury are an integral part of life? For them, Abama Luxury Residences is a luxurious resort residence with a royal touch. On an area of ​​160 hectares, a luxury class residential complex was built — the pearl of the Atlantic and the pride of the administrative city of Guia de Isora. You can find it at Carretera General Tenerife, 47.

      Please note:

      Ritz-Carlton, Abama

      Like a pink reef, the five-star hotel complex The Ritz-Carlton, Abama hugs a rocky peak. He is buried in the sprawling foliage of a tropical garden. A glossy wheeled train with a tram car runs along the cobbled cobblestone paths, rolling adults and children around the territory.

      Rooms and villas have a Moorish spirit, supported by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera. The perfection of the noble ethnic style can be seen in both large and small forms: in the palace and tower architecture, masterfully trimmed garden greenery, in the layout of internal and external spaces, in the finest selection of decor elements, even in the approach to solving service issues.

      Playa de Abama

      Inside The Ritz-Carlton, Abama:

      • Exclusive boardwalk and beach accessible by cable car;
      • 10 restaurants, including those marked with Michelin stars: MV-2* with author’s cuisine from Martin Berasategi, Japanese Kabuki-1* with theatrical serving of national dishes of the Land of the Rising Sun;
      • 7 outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, golf course, fitness center;
      • beauty area: large spa with 10 treatment rooms;
      • animation program for children A Ritz Kids;
      • a luxurious conference room with state-of-the-art lighting and the purest acoustics.

      Curious to know that The Ritz-Carlton is an international luxury hotel chain, founded by a subsidiary of the American hotel monster — the holding company Marriott International from Maryland.

      Prices Hotel Abama

      What to see

      Even the most inconspicuous town has its special features. And if its sights are not described in world catalogs, this does not mean that they do not exist at all. However, those who claim that there is nothing exclusive in the port of St. John are not far from the truth. But we will still eat.

      Exhibition Whale Tail (Cola de Alcaraván)

      Take a walk to the end of the main beach. To your surprise, you will run into a white-stone house attached to a rock, resembling a nomad’s yurt. Upon closer examination, it turns out that this is not a dwelling at all, but a hornodecal — an old limestone kiln in which pottery was fired. It was restored, covered with iron gates. It is well preserved, despite the flimsy material from which it was laid out. Or maybe they changed a couple of pebbles near the old masonry. This is just the beginning of the journey.

      Stairs and footpath uphill a couple of meters east of the beach — you’re there. You got to the observation deck, from where the endless ocean, neat houses, a pier with dangling boats are visible at a glance.

      And here is another exclusive — Alcaravan sculpture from local metal tamer Roberto Martinon. A heavy whale tail from a stone plinth swings over the last turn of the cobblestone path leading to the mirador. It seems that the master did not try hard on the detailed study of the most elegant part of the marine animal, but only outlined the shape with strokes. The mistake of the impressionist was corrected by the masters of graffiti. The monument is painted with bright colors from the pedestal itself. No need to leave an autograph here: what if you have to come back here? And who said it was a whale tail. Translated into Russian, alcaraván is a avdotka, a bird like a bittern. And think for yourself, why would a whale glow over a mountain?

      • Whale tail on the map: 28.179194, -16.811556

      Fruit and vegetable market

      It can be found in almost any settlement, large or small. If you want to know the latest city news or understand the Canarian soul, go to the market. In San Juan , in addition to fishing, many people make a living in agriculture, growing vegetables, fruits, and flower plants for sale. Ecologically clean, sun-warmed harvest from fincas (local homesteads) goes to the farmers’ market, which is open only on Wednesdays at Plaza de La Iglesia from 9.00 to 14.00. Bus route number 473.

      You will be surprised, but untreated tomatoes, bananas, grapes, apples from a farmer look less attractive than industrial ones from a supermarket. But you can’t fool an experienced buyer. It is enough just to try it once to understand the obvious taste superiority presented by nature, and not by pesticides and growth stimulants.

      In addition to vegetables and fruits, they sell here:

      • homemade desserts, wines, confectionery goodies;
      • bright flowers and strange plants;
      • clothing — beach and national;
      • paintings, crafts, handmade souvenirs.

      Farmers Market San Juan is the most party place. That is how the islanders perceive him. Going there is a whole event, and the main goal is certainly not food. Having dressed as for a parade, the indigenous people with the whole family kill half a day of time to see people and show themselves. For them, the main communication, not trade.

      Therefore, reaching out for a bag of orange exotics, get ready to freeze in anticipation for twenty minutes until the seller tells you that his tomatoes were washed away by a bloodthirsty downpour this year, or finishes discussing plans for the coming evening with a neighbor on the counter. Smile back, soak up the atmosphere and bargain. You are a real Canarian, and not just come for bananas.

      Market on the map: 28.181616, -16.815439

      Walking alley

      The territory adjacent to the beach spit has been turned into a recreation area almost throughout its entire length. The charming chamber embankment stretches for one and a half kilometers along the coastline, containing the port and two city beaches: cultural and wild. The walking path throughout its entire length is paved with gray basalt stone with mosaic colored areas and is separated from the sand and pebble strip by a low tufa parapet.

      In the likeness of a boulevard, the pedestrian alley is planted with palm trees, in the shade of which there are benches. A narrow carriageway adjoins it from the side of the city. Short streets along the highway follow one another, as do dozens of «food» establishments of various profiles, luring visitors with bright signs and pleasant music.

      Among them:

      • grill bars, bar cafes and cafeterias: Marlin, Brisa Marina, Bluebloos Beach, Cofradia, Carla, Sergios, Vitamin Bar;
      • Spanish tapas pubs: Taberna del Puerto, La Bodeguita;
      • pizzerias: Casa Amedeo, Dieta Mediteranea;
      • restaurants with cuisines of the world: Comoen Casa — dishes of Provence; Playa Chica — European menu; Bi-Bo — American takeaway food; La Martelika, Mar Sala, Los Tarajales, La Gomera — local Spanish cuisine.

      Thrifty people go to the Coviran supermarket or La Venta deli, without passing the FONAC youth fashion store, and at the same time an endless series of souvenir shops. It should be noted that restaurant and retail outlets here clearly dominate over hotel ones.

      Idle vacationers stroll along the seaside boulevard in couples or whole families, from time to time looking through some door for inexpensive food and drink. In some places, the walking path goes to the uninhabited places and opens the eyes to the steppe landscape with wild cacti, dry grass and coastal rocks.


      Its water area occupies the southernmost part of the coastline and is closely adjacent to the city beach, from which it is separated by concrete piers. Now it does not matter what was built before — port facilities or residential houses. The important thing is that one with the other is now inextricably linked.

      Formerly, the Puerto pesquero de San Juan de Tenerife provided coastal connections. Today it is a source of commercial income for hundreds of Canarian families, and at the same time spoils tourists with exotic seafood. At about 5-6 pm, fishing boats return from their day watch and unload their prey — solid tuna. Sale starts for everyone. A meter fish pulls 6-7 kg. You can buy it for 10 euros. To divide the silver monster, you will need a huge knife, which can be found in the nearest restaurant. Night catch arrives at dawn, and it is more diverse in terms of assortment. Any of the caught fish can immediately get to your table from the deck, just pay. Therefore, as a breadwinner, the port of San Juan receives five points out of five.

      But the natural beach in the port waters from the point of view of the «seal» pulls on a two. No, a strip of gray sand half a meter wide is not empty. People sit on the parapets and on the sand to soak up the sun, meet the sunset, watch the blue and white fishing boats moored at the pier. But only the most squeamish dare to swim in diesel fuel, surrounded by ship’s waste.

      Where do sports tourists disappear at this time? Master the profession of captain. For them, a yacht club 9 operates right in the port0005 Tenerife Sailing Nautical Activities , Escuela de Deportes Náuticos Guía de Isora sailing school and diving center with excellent equipment and experienced instructors.

      Come to the port. The closest public transport stop to the entrance to the pier is a minute’s walk, it is called El Emigrante. Bus routes No. 493, 477, 473. You can park your car almost at the barrier.

      Old pier (Antigua casa embarcadero)

      Lovers of ruins will be curious to explore the remains of an old pier in a small rocky cove, which is located at the very end of the walking trail, half an hour’s walk towards Alcala. Obviously, there was another pier here. Remains of the ruined port building Antigua casa embarcadero remind of it, of which only stone walls with arched openings and windows have survived. Any boy will consider climbing in these places as happiness. The Antigua casa embarcadero route is a unique opportunity to touch history, get vivid impressions and luxurious pictures as a keepsake. And experts still claimed that there is nothing unusual in San Juan!

      Old pier on the map: 28.175741, -16.808105

      Ancient stove for lime

      in the Coastal region of the Giya-de-Sajor on the shore on the banks restored one of the symbols of the municipality — the ancient lime kiln Horno de la Cal . After about 2 months of restoration work carried out by Geocan under contract with the city council, the stove has returned to its original appearance, attracting attention. 31,574 euros were spent on the project.

      The lime kiln, not currently in use, is located under a small rock at the end of the promenade, next to the main bathing area, also known as Playa Grande. This waterfront, which is another charm of the town, now has one of the unique elements of the town’s history, an old lime kiln dating from the mid-twentieth century and located a few meters from the Atlantic Ocean.

      Construction of the current oven owned by Antonio Hernandez Santana , was started in 1950. Apparently, the work, which took a year to build under the supervision of a kiln specialist, was carried out by local young workers aged 16 to 18.

      In 1951, the kiln was already producing lime, which was obtained from limestone brought by boat from the island of Fuerteventura. Due to the large draft of the ship carrying limestone, he anchored off the coast. People gradually ferried the goods with the help of an additional small boat to the shore. Next, the workers loaded the rock on their shoulders, put it in a truck, and when it was full, they headed to the place where the furnace was located. Once there, the stone was crushed, placed on top of the loading tank, and by stirring and blowing the coal, the firing was carried out.

      The height of the kiln made it possible to produce a large amount of lime, which was delivered by truck to various parts of the island for use as building material, for whitewashing walls, dams, as a disinfectant for houses, used for infectious diseases, to prevent decay standing water and to prevent infections during burials.

      Use of lime

      Lime (also called quicklime) which may contain calcium oxide. It is obtained by roasting limestone rocks or dolomites. Lime has been used since antiquity as a conglomerate in construction, as well as for painting the walls and facades of buildings built of mud brick — typical of ancient Mediterranean houses — or for making Greek fire. 9No. 477

        Estación Costa Adeje  - Avda. Los Pueblos - TF1 - TF46 - Playa San Juan - Alcalá - Avda. Marítima Puerto Santiago - Puerto Santiago -  Los Gigantes  

      No. 493

        Guia de Isora -  Ctra.Gral. Playa San Juan TF-463- Playa San Juan- TF-47 - Alcalá - Playa de la Arena - Puerto Santiago -  Acantilado de los Gigantes  

      No. 494

        Guía de Isora (C/ del Campo)-  Tejina de Guía TF-82 - Piedra Hincada - Playa San Juan - Alcalá - Playa de la Arena - Puerto Santiago -  Acantilado de los Gigantes 

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