Playa Punta Santiago

Playa Punta Santiago is located in Humacao on the main island of Puerto Rico. It is a government run beach that in its hay day was a beauty. These days, however, the beach is known to be in disrepair. The gates leading up to the beach are often closed and the sand is covered in debris. Although it is possible to sneak in through holes in the fence, it is not recommended because the surf can be too strong to brave without the security of a lifeguard on duty.

Located in Santiago Verde Mar, Playa Punta Santiago is on the East coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Travelers will find that, while Playa Punta Santiago is by no means quiet and secluded, it's not the busiest of Puerto Rico's beaches either. This makes it a good option for vacationers who want to make the most of their trip to the beach but also want to skip out on the crowds.

How to Access The Beach
Calle Dr. Vidal runs parallel to this beach, allowing you to exit onto a dirt road to reach the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach is unique in that it features both white and black sands; the white comes from washed up coral, and the black is volcanic matter. Meanwhile, the waters that wash ashore are aquamarine, making the color wheel of Playa Punta Santiago something to behold.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Playa Punta Santiago at all, it's worth a try. There are an assortment of dining options in Puerto Rico, but did you know that some of Puerto Rico's best dishes aren't served in restaurants at all? Some vacationers like having lunch very close-by. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Playa Punta Santiago offers an idyllic and relaxing enclave, especially since the surrounding region is positioned apart from more urban areas.

What's Nearby


This spot is on the East coast of Puerto Rico; it will be near other attractions like Estadio Adolfo Hanni Carillo, which is three and a half miles away.

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. For instance, nearby is Fuerte San Geronimo, which is within driving distance of the beach.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Punta Santiago
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Estadio Adolfo Hanni Carillo Sporting Event Venue 3.6 NNE Puerto Rico
Flamboyan at Palmas del Mar Golf Club Golf Course 5.2 SW Puerto Rico
Palm at Palmas del Mar Golf Club Golf Course 5.7 SW Puerto Rico
Wyndham Garden Casino Casino 5.7 SW Puerto Rico
Yokahu Lookout Tower Observation Tower 9.5 N Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa Punta Santiago visitors looking for a little additional excitement should consider going to Humacao, because it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Puerto Rico. From the coast, Humacao is about five miles (eight kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Punta Santiago will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Playa Punta Santiago is not near very many major hotels, but you may meet visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient choices can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Playa Punta Santiago
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa Flamboyant 4.1 N Guest house
Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar 5.7 SW Hotel
Casa Picaflores 6.4 NNW Lodge


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try an area restaurant, where you can dive into Puerto Rico's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the nearest restaurants is Paradise Seafood. The restaurant offers a menu of Creole food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa Punta Santiago
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Paradise Seafood (787) 852-1180 Creole Very Casual 0.3 mi. W
El Limón (787) 285-0028 Mexican Very Casual 0.4 mi. WSW
Daniel's Seafood Restaurant (787) 852-1784 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Paseo Playero Restaurant (787) 850-8048 Creole Informal 1.4 mi. WSW
Bistro Delicias (787) 238-0198 -- -- 3.6 mi. NNE
Cafeteraa La Estudiantil (787) 874-2735 -- -- 3.6 mi. NNE
China Express Restaurant (787) 874-3560 Chinese -- 3.6 mi. NNE
Danny's Pizza (787) 874-1755 Italian -- 3.6 mi. NNE
Delan Bar & Restaurant (787) 874-8497 -- -- 3.6 mi. NNE
El Makito Restaurant (787) 874-7192 Caribbean Informal 3.6 mi. NNE
El Mejicano (787) 735-1815 -- -- 3.6 mi. NNE
Ice Cream Plaza (787) 874-1110 -- -- 3.6 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Playa Punta Santiago isn't the only beach worth checking out in Puerto Rico.

You may also enjoy Puerto Yabucoa, located just a cab ride away.

You may find that Playa Punta Santiago is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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