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.

Located toward the northeastern outskirts of Fajardo, Playa Sardinera is on the East edge of Puerto Rico. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Although planning a vacation means you'll make lots of choices, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. You will find that beaches like Playa Sardinera are some of the best options in Puerto Rico.

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.

You won't be without showers, picnic tables, or restrooms at this beach, so you can plan on spending quite a bit of time here.

Happily, the off-shore waters are clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your equipment if you want to see the underwater world.

Playa Sardinera plus its conveniences can be found inside an area that sees many visitors. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it's a smart reason to plan your visit out and beat the crowds, maybe heading to the beach for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. If you wait around, you possibly find all of the services becoming unavailable.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Puerto Rico. It is near some interesting sites like El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, which is one attraction in the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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 very close to Fajardo, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Playa Sardinera guests seeking further attractions will want to consider going to Fajardo, since it's in the vicinity and is an area full of activity.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Although you won't find many hotels close-by, the ones found closest to the shore are listed in the table below.

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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Playa Sardinera; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest restaurants is El Varadeo Seaside Grill. This restaurant offers both American and Creole cuisines. They are also known for their seafood.

Nearby restaurants are included in the following table.

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

Puerto Rico has several beautiful beaches, so if Playa Sardinera doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you may want to try is Las Croabas Beach, another great beach choice in Puerto Rico.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and dropping by Playa Sardinera is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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