Mar Chiquita Beach

Mar Chiquita Beach is one of those beaches that you can never be sure of. As beautiful as the beach is, and it is a sight to see, the surf varies by day, and the undertow can be killer. Because there are no life guard stands, it is hard to say whether or not swimming will be possible on any given day. It is still possible to hang out on the beach and have a great time, even if you can't safely enter the water.

Located on the island of Puerto Rico, near Manati, Mar Chiquita Beach is on the North coast of the island, You might want whether or not you're staying very close. Even if you love being in the middle of all the action, there are some perks to visiting a beach that's a long way from the nearest major city; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Mar Chiquita Beach are perfect for getting away from it all.

How to Access The Beach
40 minutes west of San Juan in the town of Manatí is where Mar Chiquita Beach is located To get to the beach, take Route 22 and exit it at 46. Follow Route 686 to the north, then turn onto Route 685 where you will join up with Route 648. The parking lot for this beach is located at the end of the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Mar Chiquita Beach is an oval shaped bay protected by limestone formations to the north. In the middle of the formation, a space exist allowing water to flow in and create an undertow that makes this stretch of beach hard to swim in at times. On the shore, the sand is golden and fine, with occasional rocks, and lined with coconut palms.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

If you find that you enjoy sunny days that provide a tranquil experience, then you will want to try Mar Chiquita Beach; it is back within a more natural part of Puerto Rico.

What's Nearby


Mar Chiquita Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North coast of Puerto Rico. It is near Creaciones Glory, which is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions like Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Mar Chiquita Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Puerto Rico's past, without having to venture too far from the coast. Actually, this coast is 13 miles from this destination of historical interest.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Mar Chiquita Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Creaciones Glory Art Gallery 3.1 WSW Puerto Rico
Taller De Arte Art Gallery 9.8 S Puerto Rico
Pineapple Course at Dorado Beach Golf Course 12.4 E Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach West Course Golf Course 13.0 E Puerto Rico
Arecibo Lighthouse Lighthouse 13.0 W Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

The closest section of Puerto Rico to Mar Chiquita Beach is Barceloneta. This friendly part of Puerto Rico is just three miles away, which means you needn't use up an entire day here. Keep in mind that Barceloneta is an active, dynamic area.


How many other people you encounter at Mar Chiquita Beach will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels.

Don't anticipate finding any of Puerto Rico's frequently visited hotels and resorts lining this beach, but if you're hoping to evade hoards of vacationers, the lack of accommodation possibilities will be welcomed.


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Mar Chiquita Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Aldo's Italian Pizza Restaurant. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian food. They are also famous for their pizza.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Mar Chiquita Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Aldo's Italian Pizza Restaurant (787) 970-2637 Italian -- -- --
Big China Restaurant (787) 846-2309 Chinese -- -- --
Cafe La Boca (787) 846-0854 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa 3 Generaciones (787) 970-1419 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa El Colegial (787) 857-3610 -- -- -- --
Cafeteria Orsan (787) 970-2956 -- -- -- --
Cajun (787) 970-3131 -- -- -- --
Chili's Barceloneta (787) 846-1000 American, Tex-Mex Very Casual -- --
Edie Restaurant Pizza & Grill (787) 970-0011 Italian -- -- --
Edwin's Cafe (787) 846-6644 -- -- -- --
Fausto H (787) 846-5100 -- -- -- --
Fifo's Pizza (939) 242-8065 Italian -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Mar Chiquita Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you might enjoy is Puerto Neuvo Beach, found only a cab ride away from the coast. More active guests, though, may be interested in Vega Baja Beach, which offers more action, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it eight miles to the east.

You may also enjoy Cerro Gordo Beach, located ten and a half miles away.

You may find that Mar Chiquita Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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