Guajataca Beach

Between Isabela and Quebradillas on Puerto Rico's north coast is Guajataca Beach. This beach, though beautiful and inviting, is not for swimming. The waters are too rough and the wicked undertow can be dangerous. Instead, surfing is a favored pastime here, as is beach combing. Additionally, the fresh waters of the Guajataca River flow into the ocean here at Guajataca Beach, and kayakers can usually be found paddling through these waters.

Set on the island of Puerto Rico, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. This beach is not just beautiful, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Puerto Rico. While Guajataca Beach may be a little more difficult to reach, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

How to Access The Beach

Guajataca Beach is located off Highway 2 as you head from Isabela to Quebradillas. To get to the beach, park off the road and walk the coastal trail through an abandoned train tunnel.

Amenities and Ambiance

Rugged cliffs watch over Guajataca Beach. The sands are soft and white, dotted with seashells that wash ashore in high tide, and the waters are aquamarine. Palm trees fringe the beach, and to the east, Guajataca River feeds into the ocean.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Guajataca Beach on the West coast of Puerto Rico; it will be near other attractions like Golf Links, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Puerto Rico, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the nearest historical attractions is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park, which is 17 miles to the east.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Guajataca Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Golf Links Golf Course 2.0 W Puerto Rico
Atelier Y Clases De Arte Don Pedro Art Gallery 4.2 W Puerto Rico
Monumiento A O Colon Delgado Monument 8.8 E Puerto Rico
Ocean Casino Casino 11.8 W Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Golf Club Golf Course 12.5 W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Quebradillas is the closest town and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the beach, Quebradillas is just up the road, roughly two miles (three kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent number of lodgings which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest choices are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Guajataca Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Parador el Guajataca 0.4 ESE Hotel
Parador Vistamar 0.5 ESE Hotel
Royal Isabela 2.1 W Resort


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you won't have to look too far from the sea. Casabi Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves delicious International food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Guajataca Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Casabi Restaurant (787) 895-3070 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. ESE
Restaurante El Historico Puente Blanco (787) 895-1934 Caribbean Very Casual 1.2 mi. E
Quebradita (787) 895-2873 Creole -- 1.5 mi. E
Restaurante La Llave del Mar (787) 895-5843 Caribbean, Creole Very Casual 1.6 mi. E
Cafe Don Juan Quebradillas (787) 429-3561 Caribbean Very Casual 1.8 mi. SE
Arecifres Del Guajataca (787) 895-8522 Creole Very Casual -- --
Arrecife (787) 895-8922 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Cafeteraa Las Delicias (787) 895-0188 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa Nastor (787) 895-4074 -- -- -- --
Coffee Cafe -- International Very Casual -- --
El Caldo (787) 910-6436 -- -- -- --
Jayady's Coffee Shop (787) 895-4068 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Puerto Rico you might like besides Guajataca Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Bridges Beach, found only a taxi trip away from the shore. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, The Shacks may be just what you're looking for. It's located 13 miles to the west.

Another option worth considering is Jabos Beach, which is located not a great distance away, meaning a short cab ride is an easy option.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Puerto Rico, and paying a visit to Guajataca Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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