(787) 497-0007

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18 Calle Marseilles

San Juan, PR 00907

Tuesday - Sunday

9am -to- 7pm

About the Condado
Lagoon

Condado, San Juan, PR

Learning about the Condado Lagoon, aka Jaime Benítez National Park... with Mark Derho

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Hello, my name is Mark Derho. I’m the owner-operator of Condado Kayak Rental, at Condado Tourism Center, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Please join me as I learn more about the Condado Lagoon and Jaime Benítez national park, and share that information  with you in words and images and video.

My tourism center features bike and kayak rental, and more. We’re located approximately 30-yards from the “Calle Marseilles” access point to the Condado Lagoon (seen below with “new friends” on bikes). 

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Learning about the Condado Lagoon, aka Jaime Benítez National Park... with Mark Derho

Visit Jaime Benítez Park & Condado Lagoon to admire the outdoors​
Condado Lagoon (Laguna del Condado) is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is a body of water that flows freely between the Condado and Miramar neighborhoods of Santurce.

Located next to the Condado Lagoon (in Condado) is Jaime Benítez Park with an estimated capacity of 1000 persons, created for the public and for private events. Jaime Benítez Park / Laguna del Condado National Park is also a popular hangout spot for locals and families.

More than half of our Bike Rental customers and all Bike Tour customers experience this unique and beautiful space, as it is also the beginning of the Car Free Bike Path and our Condado to Viejo San Juan Guided Bike Tour.

Visit Jaime Benítez Park & Condado Lagoon to admire the outdoors
Condado Lagoon (Laguna del Condado) is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is a body of water that flows freely between the Condado and Miramar neighborhoods of Santurce.

Explore the wildlife in Condado Lagoon
There are now over 300 species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians and 124 species of tropical fish that are associated with the Condado Lagoon and its mangrove habitat. The Lagoon includes coral reefs that are home to sponges, starfish and sea urchins and other fish and marine invertebrates. Turtles and Manatees are occasional visitors swimming inside the Condado Lagoon. 

Located next to the Condado Lagoon (in Condado) is Jaime Benítez Park with an estimated capacity of 1000 persons, created for the public and for private events. Jaime Benítez Park / Laguna del Condado National Park is also a popular hangout spot for locals and families.

More than half of our San Juan bike rental customers and all Condado to Old San Juan bike tour customers experience this unique and beautiful space, as it is also the beginning of the Car Free Bike Path and our Condado to Viejo San Juan Guided Bike Tour.

The Condado Lagoon is tranquil, filled with fish and wildlife, and is a national park.

Pufferfish can inflate into a ball shape to evade predators. Also known as blowfish, these clumsy swimmers fill their elastic stomachs with huge amounts of water (and sometimes air) and blow themselves up to several times their normal size. – Condado Lagoon, 12/2020 photo by Josh Milan-Ortiz 

1. Diversity
There are more than 100 species of Puffer fish. They can be found in tropical waters all over the world, such as the Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea. Only 18 species have been recorded in the Maldives. They are mostly bottom fishes that live on either reefs or sand flats.

2. Size
The largest Puffer fish in Maldives is the Starry Puffer fish (Arothron stellatus) growing up to 1 m long. The smallest Puffer fish in Maldives is the White-spotted Puffer fish (Canthigaster janthinoptera) with a length of only 8 cm.

3. Scale-less 
Puffer fish do not have scales. Their skin is thick and rough. Some species have spines on the skin, which offer additional protection against the predators. But they are more sensitive to water variations than other fish, and tend to be more at-risk for diseases.

4. Quick transformation
All Puffer fish share one characteristic, the ability to puff up, which is what gives them their name. They can puff up to two or three times their normal size. Because they are poor swimmers, they are more likely to get eaten by larger fish. When they are threatened, they can ingest huge amount of water, and air sometimes, which increases their body size and turn them into large ball-like creatures. This quick transformation scares predators and makes them look harder to eat.

5. Elasticity 
The most elastic part of their body is the skin on the stomach area. When Puffer fish ingests water to puff up, the skin on the stomach expands several times of the normal size.

6. Toxicity 
Almost all species of Puffer fish contain a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin that can be 1200 times stronger than cyanide. When they inflate, the toxin is released on their skin. This neurotoxin damages the nervous system, particularly blocking the communication channels between the brain and the body, paralysis occurs and the lungs and heart fail, and the animal or person dies within minutes. One Puffer fish contains enough toxins in its liver to kill 30 human adults. For this reason, Puffer fish are considered the second most poisonous creatures in the world.

7. Colouration
Puffer fish can be discretely or brightly colored. The body coloration is often related to the amount of toxin produced by the fish, brighter colors are often associated with large quantity of toxin in the fish.

8. Delicacy 
In Japan, Puffer fish is a delicacy called fugu. Only chefs who have trained for three years or more can prepare it, since they have to remove the poisonous organs of the fish to avoid poisoning. Between 1996 and 2006, 44 fugu poisoning incidents were recorded in Japan.

9. Predators
Sharks are the only species immune to the Puffer fish’s toxin. They can eat this toxic fish without any negative consequences.

10. Teeth 
Puffer fish have four teeth, two at the top and two at the bottom, both fused to look like one large tooth, making Puffer fish seem like they have beaks. They use their teeth for opening mussels, clams and shellfish.
Their teeth always keep on growing, so they need to feed on hard shells to help organically trim the teeth and keep them short.

Kayaking and Paddkleboarding are favorite family-friendly activities.

Some of our guests are so happy here, they want to stand on their heads in joy.  

Our team welcomes you to the Condado Lagoon, at the Calle Marseilles entrance.

Information provided by
Condado Kayak Rental

Kayak and Paddleboard Rental
is safe and fun at the
Condado Lagoon
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Kayak & Paddle Board Rental
Prices in Condado:

$20 per person (1-hour)
$35 per person (2-hours)

Kayak in Condado Lagoon

Kayak Condado Lagoon with  Sundolphin and Lifetime sit-on-top Kayaks.

Paddle Board in Condado Lagoon

Paddle Boards Condado Lagoon with premium 11′ TAO paddle boards (SUP’s).

WE’RE OPEN

9:30am to 7pm
7-Days a Week
(787) 497-0007

Last rental at 5:00pm for 1-hour. Doors close at 7pm.

We also Rent Bikes in San Juan!

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Ask about combo specials combining: kayak or paddleboard rental with bike rental... all at one location!

Save when combined with bike rental at time of purchase. 

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Safety First When Kayaking in Condado

Oars are Life Vests are provided for use free of charge.

Life Vests are Mandatory for kid’s 12-years, under.

CONDADO TOURISM CENTER

18 Calle Marseilles

Call (787) 497-0174 for information.

CONDADO KAYAK RENTAL located in the CONDADO TOURISM CENTER next to the Condado Lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Free parking with reservation.

Free water with reservation.

CONDADO KAYAK RENTAL at Condado Lagoon Park in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Call (787) 497-0174 for more information.