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.

Set on the western coast of the island of Puerto Rico, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Although there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing a suitable beach may be one of the more important things you do. Sandy Beach is one of many fun beaches in Puerto Rico to consider.

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. Beachgoers will find notice plenty of nice restaurants all around Puerto Rico, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many visitors would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Puerto Rico's famous street food along the way.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Be mindful that the region in which Sandy Beach is located is highly urbanized, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Sandy Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the West coast of Puerto Rico. It is near some interesting sites like Putt Putt Parrot Safari, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is among the favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Maritime Museum. This museum is located a mile away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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 near Rincón, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The closest town is Rincón, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the coast, Rincón is just up the road, maybe two and a half miles (four kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a good amount of places to stay a car ride away. Some of the closest options can be viewed in the following table.

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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Tamboo Seaside Grill is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant offers both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. They also specialize in seafood.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

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

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Puerto Rico besides Sandy Beach worth visiting.

You might also want to visit Playa Higuero, located only a short distance away.

Sandy Beach 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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