Playa Sardinera

Playa Sardinera is a balnierio in Dorado on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The beach has a roped off area for swimming, which protects visitors from the abundance of boats entering and exiting the harbor. Sardinera is open Wednesday through Sunday and on holidays.

Positioned toward the northeastern outskirts of Fajardo, Playa Sardinera is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. The beaches found throughout Puerto Rico tend to be somewhat quiet, but Playa Sardinera stands out as a pleasant exception to this rule.

How to Access The Beach
Playa Sardinera is set just off Carretera Cabezas de San Juan. Follor Carr 697 north until you reach the beach, and turn left to access the parking lot.

Amenities and Ambiance

The harbor at Playa Sardinera keeps the sea and the shore littered with fishing and sailing boats of all sorts. Under the docked boats is dark, desert colored sand, and cloudy green waters.

At this beach, you'll find showers, picnic tables, and restrooms, meaning beachgoers can plan on spending quite a bit of time here.

The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Playa Sardinera as well as its offering of amenities and services happens to be found within a tourist hotspot. If you would rather stay free of busy-beaches and crowded shores, it is a good reason to make plans to visit to beat all the other tourists, maybe showing up earlier in the day. If you come later, you possibly run the risk of all those comforts becoming overwhelmed.

What's Nearby


Found on the East coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Sardinera
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
El Conquistador Resort & Country Club Golf Course 1.0 mi. NE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa Sardinera is in the Fajardo area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Guests visiting Playa Sardinera who are hoping to find additional places to explore might consider going to Fajardo, which is not far away and is an especially active area of Puerto Rico.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

While vacationers will not find that many accommodations in the surrounding areas, those options closest to Playa Sardinera are shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Sardinera
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Las Casitas Village, A Waldorf Astoria Resort -- -- Resort
Fajardo Inn 0.8 mi. S Resort
El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort 1.0 mi. NE Resort


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest restaurants is El Varadeo Seaside Grill. The restaurant has both American and Creole menu items. Many guests rave about their seafood.

A few nearby dining options are listed below.

Restaurants near Playa Sardinera
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Varadeo Seaside Grill (787) 860-2662 American, Creole Very Casual 0.1 mi. NE
Tasca OleLelolai (787) 655-1222 Spanish Informal 0.3 mi. NNW
Areato Restaurant (787) 863-7766 -- -- 0.5 mi. SW
Pizzanet (787) 860-4215 Italian -- 0.5 mi. SW
Di Yukas (787) 922-2000 Creole Very Casual -- --
Star Fish Restaurant (787) 860-6000 Caribbean Informal 0.8 mi. S
The Blue Iguana Mexican Grill & Bar (787) 860-6000 Mexican Very Casual 0.8 mi. S
Blossoms (787) 868-0200 Chinese, Pan Asian / Pacific Rim -- 1.0 mi. NE
Bollyhoo Bar and Grill (787) 863-1000 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Cafe Bella Vista (787) 863-1000 International Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Cafe Caribe (787) 863-1000 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. NE
Chops Steakhouse (787) 863-1000 International Informal 1.0 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Puerto Rico besides Playa Sardinera worth visiting.

You may also want to consider Las Croabas Beach, another favorite sun-spot in Puerto Rico.

Perhaps Playa Sardinera is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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