Whether you're searching the northwestern coast for surf spots, planning to spend your days admiring underwater life with a pair of fins of your own, or just stretching out on a sandy spot near the water's edge, Puerto Rico's beaches offer something for everyone. Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, and popular beaches can be found along every shore.
Puerto Rico participates in the Blue Flag program, which may be familiar to some of the island's European visitors. This system only endorses beaches that meet rigorous standards, so you'll know these beaches offer the very best of Puerto Rico. The key to enjoying the perfect beach is being aware of what each one has to offer. Once you're more informed about the unique characteristics of each, you'll need to determine your own beach-going style in order to help you to choose between all of the amazing options you'll find in Puerto Rico.
There are several beaches to visit on the island. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you can find what you want. Click on each beach name for more information concerning that part of the coast.
If you love snorkeling, a place with that option is Isla Caja de Muertos Beach. This beach is set on an island about eight miles off the coast of Ponce, within a nature reserve that also has a lighthouse, a cave, and many hiking trails. Days can be as filled with activities, or as laid back and lazy as you want, with gorgeous views to take in all the while no matter what you do.
A second alternative to consider is Pesquera Beach. A favorite among locals on the weekend, Pasquera Beach is located near rental villas and has parking, but there are no restrooms associated with this stretch of sand. Where they do shine is the atmosphere, as strains of local music can be heard from the kiosks that line the shore.
Green Beach: Punta Arenas is comprised of a series of disconnected sandy areas of white sand separated and lined by brush and palm trees. The water to the north, which comes from the Atlantic Ocean is rough and a darker navy blue, while the waters to the east come from the Caribbean Sea and are much more calm and turquoise in hue.
Check out this table to see beaches that can be found on the island.
|3.5 mi. West of Central La Parguera||South West|
|Bahia Sucia Beach||10.6 mi. South of Central Cabo Rojo||South West|
|Bainairo Beach||5.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central Ponce||South West|
|Ballena Beach||3.5 mi. East of Central Guánica||South West|
|Boqueròn Beach||0.6 mi. South of Central Boqueron||West|
|Bridges Beach||Downtown Aguadilla||West|
|Buyé Beach||2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Boqueron||West|
|Cabo Rojo Beaches||4.1 mi. Northwest of Central Cabo Rojo||West|
|Cana Gorda Beach||1.9 mi. Southeast of Central Guánica||South West|
|Carolina Beach||Isla Verde, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||East|
|Cerro Gordo Beach||4.4 mi. West of Central Dorado||North East|
|Coco Beach||2.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Bethel Town||East|
|Combate Beach||0.6 mi. South West of Central El Combate||South West|
|Condado Beach||Condado District, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||North East|
|Corcega Beach||2.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Rincón||West|
|Crash Boat Beach||1.9 mi. North-Northwest of Central downtown Aguadilla||West|
|1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Domes Beach||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Dorado Beach||1.9 mi. East of Central Dorado||North East|
|Emajagua Beach||1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Maunabo||South East|
|Escambrion Beach||1.0 mi. East of Central Viejo San Juan||South East|
|Espinar Beach||1.3 mi. North of Central Aguada||West|
|Fortuna Playa||1.9 mi. West of Central Luquillo||East|
|3.2 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isabela||West-Northwest|
|Green Beach||9.9 mi. West of Central Vieques||West|
|Guajataca Beach||1.9 mi. Northwest of Central Quebradillas||West|
|Humacao Beach||3.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Humacao||East|
|Indicators||2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Isla Caja de Muertos Beach||10.3 mi. Southeast of Central Ponce||South West|
|Isla Verde Beach||Isla Verde, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||East|
|Jabos Beach||1.2 mi. Northwest of Central Isabela||West|
|Jobos Beach||3.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isabela||West-Northwest|
|La Guancha||Ponce, Southern part of Puerto Rico||South|
|La Playa Guardarraya||0.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central Guardarraya||Southeast|
|Las Croabas Beach||2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Fajardo||East|
|Los Tocores Beach||2.2 mi. West of Central Dorado||North East|
|1.9 mi. South West of Central downtown Aguadilla||West|
|Luquillo Beach||0.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Luquillo||East|
|Luquillo Public Beach||0.4 mi. North of Central Luquillo||East|
|Manglillos Beach||3.8 mi. South West of Central Guánica||South West|
|Mar Chiquita Beach||3.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Manati||North|
|Maria's||2.2 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Maunabo Beach||1.5 mi. East of Central Maunabo||South East|
|Middles Beach||2.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isabela||West-Northwest|
|Morillo Beach||4.8 mi. East of Central Humacao||East|
|1.5 mi. West of Central Aguada||West|
|Naguabo Beach||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Naguabo||East|
|Ocean Park||Ocean Park, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||North East|
|0.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Palmas Del Mar||East|
|Palomino Beach||5.2 mi. East of Central Fajardo||South West|
|Parque Beach||Condado District, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||North East|
|Pesquera Beach||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Patillas||South East|
|2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Playa Colora||3.0 mi. North of Central Fajardo||North East|
|2.8 mi. North of Central Fajardo||North|
|Playa Escondida||3.0 mi. North of Central Fajardo||North West|
|Playa Higuero||2.7 mi. North of Central Rincón||West|
|Playa La Playa||3.4 mi. West of Central Anasco||West|
|Playa Laguna Aguas Prietas||1.4 mi. West-Northwest of Central Las Croabas||East|
|Playa Mala Pascua||3.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Emajagua||Southeast|
|Playa Punta Santiago||5.0 mi. East of Central Humacao||East|
|Playa Santa||3.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Guánica||South West|
|Playa Sardinera||Fajardo, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||East|
|Playa de Ponce||Ponce, Southern part of Puerto Rico||South West|
|Playita Machete||1.9 mi. South of Central Guayama||South East|
|2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Ponce Beach||Ponce, Southwestern part of Puerto Rico||South West|
|2.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Puerto Neuvo Beach||1.2 mi. East of Central Sandin||North|
|Puerto Yabucoa||2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Palmas Del Mar||East|
|Punta Guilarte Beach||1.9 mi. South of Central Patillas||South East|
|Punta Pozuelo||Southeastern part of Puerto Rico||South East|
|Rincon Beach||1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Roosevelt Roads Beach||4.1 mi. South of Central Ceiba||East|
|Rosado Beach||3.8 mi. South West of Central Guánica||South West|
|4.1 mi. North of Central Aguadilla||West|
|1.8 mi. Northwest of Central Isabela||West-Northwest|
|Sandy Beach||2.6 mi. North of Central Rincón||West|
|School Yard Beach||Downtown Aguadilla||West|
|Secret Spot||2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Isabela||West-Northwest|
|Seven Seas Beach||Las Croabas, Eastern part of Puerto Rico||East|
|Shacks Beach||Isabela, Western part of Puerto Rico||West|
|Steps Beach||1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Surfer's Beach||5.2 mi. North of Central Aguadilla||West-Northwest|
|Table Rock Beach||1.3 mi. South-Southwest of Central Aguadilla||West|
|Tamarindo Beach||4.0 mi. East of Central Guánica||South West|
|The Shacks||4.0 mi. North of Central downtown Aguadilla||West|
|Torrecilla Pinones Beach||1.3 mi. East of Central Pinones||East|
|2.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Tres Palmas Beach||1.1 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón||West|
|Vacia Talega Beach||3.3 mi. West-Northwest of Central Loiza||East|
|Vega Baja Beach||3.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Vega Baja||North|
Fortunately, there are plenty of other attraction types available too. For more in formation concerning other attractions for Puerto Rico, check out this page.
The beaches in the greater San Juan area are some of the most frequented in Puerto Rico - perhaps because they are easily accessible to day-trippers that arrive via cruise ship and located near many top resorts. There are several government run beaches in this area, including Carolina Beach and Escambrion Beach, which both have calm surf and excellent facilities including showers, bathrooms, life guards, and picnic tables. The best beaches for families in the area are Luquillo and Pine Grove, where reef and sand bars make the waters are forgiving to beginning swimmers. Playa de Condado, which is located near Pine Grove Beach, encompasses a long stretch of waterfront that begins calm and great for family play, then heads into waters that are a bit less friendly. This area of Condado, as well as nearby Playa de Ocean Park, is great for water sports.
Eastern Puerto Rico is home to the largest marina in the Caribbean, and the area offers plenty of scuba diving and fishing opportunities. There are a few good beaches in the area (Balneario de Monserrate and Balneario Seven Seas, both equipped with life guards, bathrooms, changing areas, picnic benches, and showers), but the best part about Eastern Puerto Rico is that it is a short distance from two of Puerto Rico's most popular smaller islands, Culebra and Vieques. There are numerous beaches on these islands that are tourist favorites.
The Southern and Western areas of Puerto Rico are known for plains cleared centuries ago to make way for sugar plantations, as well as the famed dry forest Bosque Estatal De Guánica. Despite the desert like climate, there are a few beaches worth checking out in the area. La Guancha is the public beach in Ponce, where the small beach's shallow waters are perfect for young children. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Jobos Beach in Isabela. This beach is known for rough waters that attract only the strongest swimmers and surfers. There are some stretches of the beach that are suitable for recreational swimming, but it is recommended that visitors proceed with caution. Landing somewhere in the middle is the mile long Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla. Though the waters are not as shallow as La Guancha, they are quite swimmable, and the numerous colorful fishing boats that dock themselves along the beach make for a pretty picture.
The beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico have many different personalities, as varied as the people of the island itself. From carefully preserved eco-adventures to shores filled with fun activities for vacationers, there's something amazing waiting, no matter which part of the island you visit.
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