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.

Set in Santiago Verde Mar, Playa Punta Santiago is on the East edge of Puerto Rico. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. You will generally find plenty of places to set up shop, as the beach and the surroundings that call it home are not overly populated.

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 on-location, which many Playa Punta Santiago visitors find convenient and satisfying. Vacationers will find plenty of places in Puerto Rico serving up delicious local cuisine, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Some vacationers find it more convenient and relaxing to eat on near the beach than in another restaurant. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Playa Punta Santiago offers visitors a calm and peaceful place to escape, due to the fact that the surrounding area contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Playa Punta Santiago on the East coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Estadio Adolfo Hanni Carillo, which is three and a half miles away.

If you're intrigued by Puerto Rico's history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is Fuerte San Geronimo, which is 30 miles to the northwest.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Tourists at Playa Punta Santiago who are looking for further attractions might want to think about going to Humacao, since it's in the vicinity and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Humacao isn't out of reach at five miles (eight kilometers) away.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The area is not home to many major hotels, but you may see visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a reasonably varied selection of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient possibilities have been displayed in the following list.

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


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you dine at a local restaurant, where you can dive into Puerto Rico's specialty dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest restaurants is Paradise Seafood. The restaurant offers a menu of Creole food. They're also renowned for their seafood.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Puerto Rico, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another option worth considering is Puerto Yabucoa, located a quick cab ride away.

Playa Punta Santiago could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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