Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach is more of a surfer's haven than swimmers paradise. Large waves year round make Sandy beach one of the top Surfer destinations in Puerto Rico. There are some options for land dwellers though, with plenty of seashells and sea-glass washing ashore. Additionally, Sandy Beach is known as a prime spot for an amazing sunset.

Positioned on the western edge of the island of Puerto Rico, You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify Puerto Rico's beaches, but the ambiance at Sandy Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without sacrificing a fun and social atmosphere.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach itself is a little rocky, and swimming is not advised unless you are used to strong currents are you don't mind cuts and scraps. The sand itself is not very level,so where you can often find shells here, there are prettier beaches to take a stroll on.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Sandy Beach at all, it's worth a try. There are a lot of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Puerto Rico, but having a meal on the beach can be especially fun. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

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

Don't forget that the area surrounding Sandy Beach is highly urbanized, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is near Putt Putt Parrot Safari, which is seen three quarters of a mile to the south, and it is one of the attractions in the region.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Maritime Museum, a lovely museum found a mile to the south west, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Sandy Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Putt Putt Parrot Safari Miniature Golf Course 0.7 mi. S Puerto Rico
Punta Higuero Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.1 mi. SW Puerto Rico
Maritime Museum Museum 1.1 mi. SW Puerto Rico
Oceano Sea Glass Art Gallery 2.6 mi. S Puerto Rico
Playa Oesta Gallery Art Gallery 2.6 mi. S Puerto Rico
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery 3.3 mi. S Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Sandy Beach is very close to Rincón, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The city of Rincón is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Sandy Beach, Rincón is a fairly short distance away, about two and a half miles (four kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a good amount of hotels which can be reached in the car. Some of the closest options are displayed in the list below.

Accommodations near Sandy Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Tamboo Beside the Pointe Inn 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Punta Taino Guest House 0.1 mi. SW Guest house
Casa Verde Hotel 0.1 mi. SW Hotel
Casa Isleña Inn 0.2 mi. E Hotel
Lazy Parrot Inn 0.7 mi. S Hotel
The English Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn -- -- B & B
Sole Beach Club Inn 1.1 mi. SW Hotel
Blue Boy Inn 1.7 mi. S B & B
The Pineapple Inn Rincon -- -- Hotel
Parador Villa Antonio -- -- Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Tamboo Seaside Grill. This restaurant has both American and Caribbean menu items. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed below.

Restaurants near Sandy Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Tamboo Seaside Grill (787) 823-8550 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. WSW
Kahuna Burger Bar (787) 823-5600 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. SW
Saltaire Restaurant (787) 823-3756 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.1 mi. SW
Pool Bar Sushi (787) 823-2583 Japanese Informal 0.2 mi. W
Wine Cellar Cafe (305) 776-7859 International Informal 0.3 mi. SW
Ode to the Elephants (939) 697-8033 Thai Informal 0.3 mi. SW
Red Flamboyan (787) 823-4508 Caribbean, Spanish Informal 0.4 mi. SW
Francisco's (787) 823-0101 Caribbean, Creole Informal 0.7 mi. S
Mi Familias Pizzeria (787) 823-0103 Italian Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
Surf Pizza Wagon -- Italian Very Casual 0.7 mi. S
English Rose Restaurant (787) 823-4032 Continental Very Casual 1.2 mi. S
Steps Quick Lunch (787) 504-7877 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. S

Other Beaches

Puerto Rico has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Higuero, located a quarter mile to the east.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Sandy Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Puerto Rico even more memorable.


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