Luis Muñoz Marín Park
A great family and dog park in San Juan
In case you didn’t know, Puerto Rico is not the most dog friendly place in the world. There are very few dog parks here, and in most other parks dogs are not allowed, even on a leash. However, the Luis Muñoz Marín Park in San Juan just got remodeled and it is now arguably the best family and dog park in San Juan.
This is not to say that the park is the best there is anywhere, or that it is all that great either, I mean, it’s nice, and possibly the best I’ve been to here in San Juan, but it does have its drawbacks. But, the truth is that this park is MUCH better than it used to be, the city invested millions of dollars in it and it is a park that so many people liked so much that the reservations for birthdays are booked 6 months out! BTW, the cost to rest a gazebo for a day ranges from $50 to $250 depending on the size and people you want to invite.
As of this writing, the Luis Muñoz Marín park is not finished. They are still remodeling some gazebos and play areas, but it now has 3 small areas where the dogs can be off-leash (they can be on a leash anywhere in the park), it has a spider-y looking thing to climb on, some playgrounds for little kids, paved paths for running or riding a bike, and a water-sprinkler area to cool off! They are also still in the process of remodeling a small funicular type thing that will take you from one end of the park to the other.
I was actually most impressed with the brand new bathrooms! They are nice! You see, last time I came here this park was a sad joke, and believe it or not, the bathrooms were in such bad shape that they were CLOSED! I couldn’t believe it! But now we have brand new and nice bathrooms!
So, like I mentioned above, there are some drawbacks and I will talk about them here.
-You have to pay to get in. The cost is $3 per adult and $2 per child, dogs are free.
-People without dogs are allowed in the off-leash dog area. This really annoyed me. I went there with my dogs and I had to deal with 50 or so kids and their parents wanting to take pictures and hold my dogs while I was there. Here I was trying to play with my dogs, have them run free and play with other dogs and I had to deal with people who were allowed to get into the dog area wanting to take selfies and other pictures with my dogs. It’s ok if it were a few, but I think 50 people in a matter of an hour or so was a very conservative estimate.
-They don’t open on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those days are the ones that I would be most likely to go, but the park is only open from Wednesdays to Sundays.
-The playgrounds available are for kids under 5 years of age OR older than 8, if you have a 6 or 7 year old, he/she would not be able to go on the spider-y thing (it’s for kids 8 or older) and the other things in the playgrounds are for kids under 5, which will be too “baby” for a 6 or 7 year old.
– Another drawback is that parking is limited. Given the excitement of this newly remodeled park, the park gets really full, and there is limited parking spaces, so if you’re late you’ll have to park somewhere outside the park and have them shuttle you to the park.
Even with these drawbacks I like to come here with my family. I try to come over during the weekdays and as soon as they open, which is 10 AM, that way there are less people and only a few dogs, which leaves plenty of space for the dogs to run and play. There are also some areas for the kids to just run ans play in the large grassy areas, there is even a life-size chess board, some sort of life-size board game which we played with a random dice app on my phone, and also a large tic-tac-toe. It is a fun time. Once it gets really hot you can cool off in the sprinklers area before heading home. I like it and I will return. I recommend this park.
Coordinates are (18.4110728, -66.0723755)
Now for a couple more pictures.
If you have lived in San Juan for a while and you have dogs, you will quickly see that the Luis Muñoz Marin Park is the best family and dog park in San Juan. Have Fun!