Puerto Rico

San Juan Running Overview

Leanne Marie

Below is a brief overview of some of the city’s running highlights. Note that we have a separate guide for running in San Juan HERE

San Juan is the capital and main population center of Puerto Rico. The city is a thriving historic and cultural center, rich with colonial Spanish architecture and gorgeous palm-lined beaches. There’s a good variety of scenic running in San Juan, considering that the central part of the city is so compact. Highlights include a ‘runseeing’ tour on the narrow streets of the 2.5-mile island of Old San Juan,  the historic Paseo del Morro out to the Fort, some wonderful waterfront park and path running along Ashford Ave., a jaunt over the causeway to the Condado Peninsula, and the 6+ mile linear path and beaches around Isla Verde near the airport. For San Juan beaches, Isla Verde, Carolina Beach, and Último Trolley (Ocean Park) Beach are all runnable. Other good running options nearby are the Cataño boardwalk a ferry-ride away, the linear park in Carolina, and the pathway along the river Bayamón.

Public transportation in San Juan consists of a public bus system, which is extensive and basically reliable. The train system is faster, though offers less coverage. If you are traveling primarily around Old San Juan, the hop on hop off trolley can come in handy.

Full San Juan Running Guide