Explore the vibrant area of Condado
Escape to the welcoming warmth of the Caribbean – escape to Condado. Walk to nearby shops and restaurants, or hop over to the Spanish Colonial charm that is Old San Juan with its cobble stone streets. Along its narrow streets, shop for hand-carved santos and rum. Refresh your palate with a shaved-ice piragua. Visit one of the many
fascinating museums. Enjoy all this historic island city has to offer in a truly striking setting.
History of Condado
In 1908 two American industrialists, Hernan and Sosthenes Behn, started the construction of many houses in Condado. They went on to build the Two Brothers Bridge (El Puente Dos Hermanos) as homage to their contributions to Condado. The bridge connects the districts of Condado & Old San Juan. Condado experiences an economical lift in the first decades of the 20th century. In 1919, the Vanderbilt Family initiated the transformation of the area. Between 1950s and 1960s this flamboyant area became a popular tourist spot. Huge hotels were built as part of a government sponsored program under the Operation Bootstrap banner. The famed Ashford Avenue was named after a well-known Condado resident Dr. Bailey Ashford. While serving as the medical officer in the general military hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico he was the first to describe and successfully treat the hookworm parasite in 1899. This Avenue is host to a culinary festival with most of the popular restaurants, fashion boutiques such as: Cartier, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Salvatore Ferragamo and Ventana al Mar, a passive park. Condado is a melting pot for residents and visitors alike.
Dog of Stone
Tourists and locals alike have been intrigued by its remarkable likeness as it juts out of a thin line of coral reefs that separate the ocean from the Condado Lagoon. As legend would have it, a humble fisherman set out to sea at dawn accompanied by his mascot. It is said that a sudden shift of wind capsized the small vessel and the fisherman drowned. However, his mascot was able to swim to the reef where it is said he patiently waited for his master to return until he turned to stone. Whether truth or legend, visitors from all over the world witness how the renowned coral formation strikingly resembles the silhouette of a sitting dog.
The center of society and commerce on Puerto Rico
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