Beaches in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is home to plenty of beautiful beaches that delight vacationers

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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.

Which Beaches Are Available?

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.

Vega Baja Beach

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.

Beaches On Puerto Rico
Name Location Coast
Ana Beach 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
Dogman's Beach 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
Golondrinas 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
Lucal Beach 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
Municipal Beach 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
Palmas del Mar 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
Pistons Beach 2.0 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón West
Playa Colora 3.0 mi. North of Central Fajardo North East
Playa Convento 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
Pointe Beach 2.4 mi. Northwest of Central Rincón West
Ponce Beach Ponce, Southwestern part of Puerto Rico South West
Pool's Beach 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
Ruins Beach 4.1 mi. North of Central Aguadilla West
Salsi Beach 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
Trampa Beach 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.

Greater San Juan Beaches

Beaches Map

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 Beaches

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.

Southern and Western Puerto Rico Beaches

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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