In Spanish, the word Condado means country. It feels like you have entered a different country when you contrast Old San Juan – with its historic structures and blue cobblestone streets –with the high-rises in this oceanfront community. Condado began in the early 20th century as suburban sprawl from Old San Juan. Soon, wealthy Americans such as the Vanderbilts built lavish second homes in the area. This was followed with a development boom of hotels and resorts. By the end of the century, large condominiums were added along the Atlantic Ocean beach and Condado Lagoon. Simultaneously, the number of restaurants, bars, shops, museums and entertainment venues grew exponentially. Today, most tourists come to see Old San Juan but spend most of their vacation in Condado.