Where should you go for a beautiful, affordable and family friendly vacation? A top suggestion of mine is always Puerto Rico. The island of Puerto Rico is the perfect vacation destination, and if you want to know an excellent resort there, I am sharing 5 reasons to stay at the San Juan Marriott.
Have you been wanting to visit San Juan, Puerto Rico but not sure where to stay?
I love Marriott Resorts and have stayed in many all over the world. The San Juan Marriott is a place we often return to thanks to its location, service, amenities, activities, variety of delicious food options and much more. My family has been traveling there annually for the past 6 years (since our daughter was 3). You can learn more here about how to spend 72 hours in Puerto Rico with kids.
Puerto Rico is paradise with its consistent summertime type of weather (minus the humidity), excellent food, exciting culture, plus it is rich in history. Once you step foot on this beautiful island it makes it very hard to ever want to leave.
5 Reasons To Stay At The San Juan Marriott:
1. Condado Beach
The San Juan Marriott is situated directly on beautiful Condado Beach, which has some of the softest sand I have ever felt, and the aqua colored water is warm and usually fairly calm.
During our most recent visit to this resort we had the opportunity to stay in an ocean front room, and the views of Condado Beach from up above were breathtaking. One morning we were even treated to a rainbow that seemed to disappear right into the aqua colored waters.
Our whole family appreciates never having to choose between going to the pool or beach for the day because at this resort you can simply walk back and forth between both.
If you are into water sports, the concierge at the San Juan Marriott can provide recommendations and even set up an excursion for you (my son took surf lessons during one of our trips).
2. Two Fabulously Fun Pools
The zero entry pool is perfect for families, especially with small children, while the adjacent pool (which is my favorite) features a swim up bar plus a waterslide. My daughter could spend all day long swimming and sliding here.
Each day between 1-2pm free shaved ice is usually offered by the pool (coconut was my favorite flavor, while my husband loved the guava). This way the kids can cool off with a sweet treat, while you enjoy a tropical cocktail at the pool bar.
Even though the weather is pretty much always warm and sunny here, I appreciate that the pools are heated, especially for those early morning and late night swims.
Both pools at the San Juan Marriott offer plenty of fun in the Puerto Rico sun, so you can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose.
3. Delicious Food Options
The San Juan Marriott resort offers everything from delicious buffet breakfasts to jumpstart your day to sweet treats, poolside eats and more.
The buffet breakfast can be a great value for your money, especially if you time it right. We were able to skip having to get lunch most days, since we would eat breakfast around 10:30, and then a snack (or poolside pina coladas for the adults) to hold us over until dinner.
If you are a more of a coffee and pastry type of person, then La Panaderia (which is located right inside of the hotel lobby) is where you want to visit. This quick serve place has fresh-brewed and locally sourced Puerto Rican coffee along with a variety of on-the-go foods. My kids love that they always have fresh fruit. We often stop by here in the evenings to purchase some snacks and drinks to take up to the room or even sit and enjoy poolside.
For late night food, drinks and fun, the Red Coral Lounge inside of the San Juan Marriott is the perfect place to hang out. There is nightly live entertainment, and my kids and I have made many wonderful memories dancing together here.
4. Gelato & Co.
We happened to be visiting when Gelato & Co. Authentic Italian Cremeria, which is literally steps from the front entrance of the San Juan Marriott Resort, opened. My kids immediately wanted to be repeat visitors right after our first visit.
We all love the bright, beachy feel of the place, plus the staff is super friendly. They will provide you not only with flavor recommendations and combinations, but they’ll also let you sample the gelato too. My favorite things here are the gelato pops!
If you want to enjoy gelato poolside during the day, Gelato & Co. often has a small cart parked outside of the La Vista Latin Grill & Bar, right across from the pool area.
5. Perfect Location
The San Juan Marriott Resort is located less than 20 minutes from the airport, which is only a quick and inexpensive taxi ride. Out of all the times we have visited Puerto Rico we have never rented a car because it is such a walkable town.
There are so many great shops, restaurants, other resorts to explore, as well as open grassy areas to relax and hang out at all within an easy walking distance from the San Juan Marriott. The best part is you can either walk along the street or along beautiful Condado Beach.
Make sure to save some time for exploring the historic side of Puerto Rico. Old San Juan is about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the San Juan Marriott and so very worth the trip.
Everyone time we visit Old San Juan we make sure to eat at one of our favorite restaurants there called, Pirilo.
You can walk up and down the cobblestone, colorful streets to check out performances, shops, restaurants, historic places such as Castillo San Cristobal, Paseo de la Princesa, Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, the Umbrella Sky Installation (where I had my Mary Poppins travel experience) and more.
Puerto Rico is being talked about as one of the top vacation destinations of 2019. Another plus is you can often find inexpensive flights to San Juan, especially from the East Coast (I have some cheap airfare tips here).
Now that you know my 5 reasons to stay at the San Juan Marriott, it is time to start planning your next vacation.
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