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San Juan Bay, San Juan

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San Juan Bay is the inlet adjacent to Old San Juan in northeastern Puerto Rico. It is the largest body of water in an estuary of about 150sqmi of channels, inlets and eight interconnected lagoons. Puerto Rico's deepest bay contains the island's busiest harbor, and since 1508 it has been historically significant.
The bay is a semi-enclosed body of water with an elaborate system of loops, basins and channels at the center of Puerto Rico's most significant historical monuments and largest communities. San Juan Bay provides recreation, sightseeing and tourist attractions, and its curved shape offers a variety of docking facilities for watercraft. Because of commercial expansion and environmental stress on the region, the estuary has been the focus of restoration ecology projects. In 2015, the San Juan Estuary Program (Programa del estuario de la Bahía de San Juan) began using green flags to mark the condition of the bay's waters.
On a map, San Juan Bay appears to connect two adjacent lakes. This impression comes from a neck of land, Puntilla ("small point"), which projects from the Islet of San Juan Bautista into the center of the bay and approaches another protuberance (Punta Cataño) stretching from the other side of a larger island. The illusion demonstrates the bay's irregular shape. Next to Puntilla are docks which are reportedly the busiest in the Caribbean. Part of the Port of San Juan, they are on the Islet of San Juan Bautista at the entrance to San António Channel. Three bridges between the islet and the mainland cross the channel, which connects the bay to Laguna del Condado (Condado Lagoon) and the Atlantic Ocean. One of these bridges is the historic Bridge of Two Brothers. Before their construction, the Condado Lagoon was the bay's narrowest entrance.
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  • Beautiful blue-green body of water that you can't miss if you spend any time at all in San Juan. For a close up of the bay there's a walk path at water level that goes from Castillo de Morro to the.....  more »
  • We booked a car online at Europcar San Juan Airport in PR. A few points of attention: - they are NOT located at the airport. You will need to get a shuttle or a taxi to get to their location. We...  more »
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  • Beautiful country and the tour is a must try
  • One of the beautiful simple place! Nice

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