Locals traveling in San Juan often complain about el tapón (traffic jam or, more literally, "cork"). A 15-minute drive can easily turn into 45 minutes depending on the road conditions. In addition, drivers can be unpredictable, using the shoulder as a through lane or drifting unpredictably from lane to lane, so be alert. If you choose to rent a car, get a good map. San Juan's roads are well marked, but one-way streets pop up out of nowhere.
Just east of Old San Juan, Avenidas Muñoz Rivera, Ponce de León, and Fernández Juncos are the main thoroughfares that cross Puerta de Tierra, leading to the neighborhoods of Condado, Ocean Park, and Isla Verde. Puente Dos Hermanos, the "Bridge of the Two Brothers," connects Puerta de Tierra with Condado. Avenida Ashford, which splits off into Avenida Magdalena for a few blocks, travels through Condado to Ocean Park. Calle Loíza connects Ocean Park with Isla Verde. These streets can be choked with traffic, so if you are traveling more than a few blocks, consider taking the speedier Route 26.
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