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Condado Lagoon Facts and Interesting Information for Visitors

Condado Lagoon Facts and Interesting Information for Visitors

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Condado Lagoon (Spanish: Laguna del Condado) is located in Condado, a beachfront community in Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Condado Lagoon is a body of water that flows between the neighborhoods of Santurce and Miramar.

The Condado Lagoon National Park, (aka) Jaime Benítez National Park is located next to the Laguna del Condado. The park is frequented by dog walkers and joggers. Before the COVID Pandemic free movies were shown on a huge inflatable screen on the great lawn on the first Saturday of the month at 7pm.

The boardwalk includes a ramp for easy access to the water. The Puerto Rico Canoe and Kayak Federation also practices in the Condado Lagoon, launching from the park.

There are signs inside the park with information on the flora, fauna, and bodies of water that surround the area. It has benches, a gazebo, free parking, and restrooms.

Condado Lagoon is Part of the San Juan Bay Estuary

Its tributary stream of water forms part of the San Juan Bay Estuary. An estuary is a coastal area where freshwater from rivers and other inland water sources mixes with saltwater from the ocean.

The Metropolitan Area of Puerto Rico is intersected by estuarine bodies of water, such as Condado Lagoon, Martín Peña Channel, San José Lagoon and Piñones Lagoon, among others. The Cucharillas Marsh is another part of this urban ecosystem.

Condado Lagoon flows into the Atlantic Ocean through the El Boquerón inlet and is spanned by the Dos Hermanos Bridge through the San Antonio Creek. 

It is one of two natural lagoons in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Condado Lagoon Info

  • Area: 98.91 acres (400,300 m2)
  • Average depth: 10 feet (3.0 m)
  • Maximum depth: 36 feet (11 m)
  • Salinity: 30% to 35%

Kayak Rental in the Condado Lagoon

Our kayak rental experience is really special because of the natural beauty and the ecosystem of the lagoon. It is very common to come across manatees that feed on seagrass and that live in harmony with many other marine species. 

The lagoon is an important natural reserve that is protected for study and conservation as it is part of the San Juan Bay estuary. It also has a community of natural and artificial reefs that make the experience even richer. 

The flora, the mangroves (seen in picture below), the landscape and how the species live in their natural ecosystem is an experience added to the watersports to be performed in the lagoon. 

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Kayaking and Paddle Boarding (SUP) in the Condado Lagoon

Because the lagoon is separated from the Atlantic Ocean, except for a small inlet, the water in the lagoon is always calm for kayaking and paddle boarding (SUP) in the Condado Lagoon. This makes it an ideal place for non-motorized water sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Motorized boats are not allowed in the lagoon. 

Kayaking in the Condado Lagoon is special for nature lovers because of the variety of wildlife and ecosystem of the lagoon. It is common to come across manatees that feed on the seagrass. 

The lagoon is an important natural reserve that is protected for study and conservation as it is part of the San Juan Bay estuary. It also has a community of natural and artificial reefs that make the experience even richer. The flora, the mangroves, the landscape and how the species live in their natural ecosystem is an experience added to the sport to be performed in the lagoon. These conservation efforts seek to educate and increase knowledge for their conservation and the enjoyment of these beauties.

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In the picture above Bike Rent NYC employee Crystal confronts “wily huckster” Ousmane, an aggressive bike rental store agent attempting to steal customers right in front of Bike Rent NYC by Columbus Circle. Photo by: J.C. Rice

It’s chaos at Columbus Circle, as brazen, brawling bike hawkers harass tourists, curse passersby, and threaten employees of the sole legal bike vendor in Central Park. The hustlers, who camp out along the southern entrances of the park, seek to intercept customers to the city concessionaire and steer them to the four or five bike shops off the park. Waving placards and yelling come-ons, they intimidate anyone who tries to stop them. “

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Derho says he pays more than $100,000 a year for security to protect his staff from the illegal vendors. He’s collected 800 signatures on a petition to “send a strong message to the NYPD and our elected officials to clean up Columbus Circle, Central Park South and Central Park West. “

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“It’s creepy,” said Isabella Guerra, 27, a Brazilian who had multiple encounters with aggressive vendors. “They just tried and tried and tried. I don’t know if it’s safe,” she said.

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“They’re hustling bikes and hustling people. Visitors to New York City shouldn’t be scared of entering Central Park,” fumed Mark Derho of Bike Rent NYC, who charges the bike vultures are ruining his business.

“This is worse than what the desnudas are doing. They are stealing money from New York City taxpayers and a legitimate concessionaire. My life is threatened every single day. 

What’s it going to take? 

Is somebody going to have to get stabbed?”

Derho said the illegal vendors and “crazies” who hang with them have threatened him with knives, metal chairs, and beatings. 

He also said his female employees have been sexually harassed.

During a three-hour visit to the area last week, more than a dozen of the 50 or so hawkers were spotted.

“Don’t get it from here because it costs you a lot of money! Across the street you get a good deal!” trumpeted one wiry huckster who identified himself as “Ousmane.”

The pedal pushers claim they can beat the park vendor’s $15-per-hour adult rate for a bike rental. “That’s way too much. I can do $15 for three hours,” Ousmane boasted. Another hustler offered a tourist “the entire day” for $10.

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“Fake news,” said Reuben. “They say we are stealing their customers. Bah! Bah! Bah! It’s all bullcrap.”

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“It’s creepy,” said Isabella Guerra, 27, a Brazilian who had multiple encounters with aggressive vendors. “They just tried and tried and tried. I don’t know if it’s safe,” she said.

“Very pushy!” griped Bauke Tuinstra, 50, of the Netherlands.

Derho says he pays more than $100,000 a year for security to protect his staff from the illegal vendors. He’s collected 800 signatures on a petition to “send a strong message to the NYPD and our elected officials to clean up Columbus Circle, Central Park South and Central Park West. “

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