Condado Lagoon is a body of water formed by the island known as Old San Juan connected to Condado by three bridges. I stayed at the surprisingly good Hotel Miramar at 606 Juan Ponce de Leon Avenue in Condado. I was able to walk to Condado Lagoon, restaurants and casinos, without paying the exorbitant cost of hotels with the same or slightly higher rating. As seen from Hotel Miramar's rooftop terrace, Condado Lagoon and Beach seemed far more enticing, joggers pounding their soles into the sand. The ten-minute walk from Hotel Miramar revealed why it was sparsely populated: there's little to do but walk along the water's edge. Most visitors seem to be tourists from the expensive hotels adjacent to the water. The reason I walked to the lagoon is that from Hotel Miramar's roof, I saw dozens of young people standing on a closed bridge that appeared to have been constructed in the 1940s. One after the other, the youngsters jumped off the bridge into the lagoon. Their howls of laughter lifted my spirits and let me relive my youth, when I too often was found jumping off the pier at church camp in Tuxedo, North Carolina.
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