Noche de San Juan – Midnight Celebration

Noche de San Juan – Midnight Celebration

Every year at the stroke of midnight on June 23rd, the beaches of San Juan come alive as Puerto Rico's capital city celebrates their patron saint – San Juan Bautista.

The local tradition is to go to the beach after 11pm and as midnight approaches, thousands of people wade into the water waiting for the exact moment to fall backwards into the water.  Its a matter of debate exactly how many times you should repeat the process.  The minimum is to enter the water three times to cleanse any bad luck from the preceding year and ensure a good start to the year ahead. Some people seem to think more repetitions will be more effective.

Activities sponsored by the City of San Juan usually take place in ‘Ultimo Trolley Park' between Ocean Park and Punta las Marias and continue through the weekend.

However, people crowd the beaches all along the major tourist areas of  San Juan and Isla Verde with informal activities as people head to the beach just before midnight and stay to party into the night.

The following member hotels are within walking distance to the beaches of Condado, Ocean Park, Punta las Marias or Isla Verde:

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