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 edge of the island, You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. This beach is not just a tropical beauty, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While Mar Chiquita Beach might be a little more difficult to reach, it allows you to relax without being bothered by the noise of the crowds.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Mar Chiquita Beach offers a calm and tranquil retreat, due to the fact that the region surrounding the beach is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Puerto Rico. It's located near Creaciones Glory, which is one of a few attractions in the region.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Arecibo Lighthouse Historical Park, which is 13 miles to the west.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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 nearest area in Puerto Rico to Mar Chiquita Beach is Barceloneta. This destination is just three miles from the beach, meaning a visit doesn't need to take up the whole day. It's important to note that Barceloneta is a bustling urban region.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked nearby hotels.

Don't expect to find any of Puerto Rico's frequently visited resorts and hotels close to this beach, though if you're looking to evade throngs of vacationers, the lack of accommodation options should be welcomed.


If during your visit you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Aldo's Italian Pizza Restaurant. This restaurant features Italian cuisine. Visitors often rave about their pizza.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

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

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Mar Chiquita Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you might enjoy is Puerto Neuvo Beach, found within taxi range of the coast. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Vega Baja Beach may be just what you're looking for. It's found eight miles to the east.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Cerro Gordo Beach, which is located within the range of a taxi.

Perhaps Mar Chiquita Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, Puerto Rico offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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