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There are hundreds of Puerto Rico beaches, so it’s understandable if you are finding it hard to decide which ones to visit.
With a coastline of almost 300 beaches, swimming on the paradisical beaches is one of the best things to do in Puerto Rico, and you shouldn’t miss it for the world.
As a Puerto Rico local and a huge beach lover, I know there is a beach for the family, the nature lover, and the businessman. But it’s hard to tell which is which just by looking at the pictures.
To help you out, I’ve put together a list of the 24 best beaches in Puerto Rico so you can find the perfect beach for you!
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24 Best Beaches in Puerto Rico
Sun Bay Beach
Watch the horses while you sunbathe
📍 Google Maps | Website | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $4, free during low season | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: El Blok
You’ll find plenty of incredible beaches in Vieques, but Sun Bay Beach offers the most amenities including showers, bathrooms, lifeguards, and a cafeteria. But, that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.
Sun Bay Beach has a relaxing landscape with soft white sand, blue waters, and beautiful wild horses that roam the parking lot. You can also camp on the beach for $10 a night.
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Discover this remote beach off Puerto Rico’s mainland
📍 Google Maps | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Off Puerto Rico’s southern coast, on an island called Caja de Muerto, you’ll find Playa Pelicano to be one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico. This beach is ideal for hiking and nature enthusiasts that want to escape the city.
You’ll find bathroom facilities and gazebos in Playa Pelicano, but you’ll have to bring everything else for your beach day.
⛴️ How to Get There: Since the 2020 earthquakes the ferry to Caja de Muerto leaves from Marina Salinas. You need to make a reservation on their site.
Eat some of Puerto Rico’s best snacks by the sea
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $4 cars, $8 buses | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
Luquillo beach is one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico for more than one reason. Located next to El Yunque, Luquillo beach has warm waters, golden sand, and hundreds of palm trees that will shade anyone that doesn’t want a suntan.
But, besides its beauty, Luquillo Beach is popular for its prime location next to a line of food stalls that sell traditional Puerto Rican cuisine.
Catch waves or rest under coconut palms
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: On-street parking, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Parador Villas del Mar Hau
Jobos beach is one of the local popular beaches among surfers. The currents are strong though, so swimming at this beach isn’t recommended for inexperienced swimmers or kids. If you can’t swim, go kiosk hopping and enjoy local fritters and fresh seafood.
Keep in mind that there aren’t any facilities on the beach and that it gets crowded during the weekends.
Mingle with locals on this party beach
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: On-street parking, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Combate Beach Resort
If you’re looking for a beach that offers both fun and great sunsets, then head straight to Combate Beach. It’s close to restaurants, snack bars, hotels, and other popular attractions in Cabo Rojo. Even if there aren’t any facilities, the beach features calm waters and it’s one of the popular beaches among young people, which means it’s always a party beach with a lively atmosphere during the weekends.
Admire the natural pool of Manatí
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Hyatt Place Manati
If you ask any local, they will tell you Mar Chiquita is not only one of the most beautiful beaches but also one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico. Mar Chiquita is a natural pool in the form of a half-moon, formed by two giant limestone rock formations.
While its scenery will dazzle any nature enthusiast, it doesn’t have many spots for shade so you should visit prepared with umbrellas and sunblock.
Retire to this sandy beach in Old San Juan
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: On-street parking, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: 352 Guest House
For many reasons, Old San Juan is our top choice for the best area to stay in San Juan – including having a beautiful secluded beach within walking distance. Playa Peña, also known as La Ocho Beach, is located across the Capitol and you can get there by using the stairs next to the statue.
While Playa Peña doesn’t have any facilities, it’s perfect for people that want to escape San Juan’s heat.
👉Local Tip: Although it has a pond, Playa Peña can have strong currents during the winter. Always make sure the tide is safe before swimming.
Playa Crash Boat
Dive into the waters of Aguadilla
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $5 or free in low season | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Parador El Faro
Playa Crash Boat is definitely one of Aguadilla’s top things to do. This beach is a favorite among locals for its colorful landscape, its pier, and the availability of watersports like jet skiing.
This Puerto Rico beach has two parts. One has a paying parking lot and facilities like bathrooms and showers. The other free side doesn’t have facilities, but you’ll find kiosks and watersports equipment rentals.
Immerse in clear waters full of turtles
📍 Google Maps | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Club Seabourne Hotel
If you’re into hiking, historical ruins, and snorkeling, you will love Tortuga Beach. Located outside the west of Culebra in Culebrita island, Tortuga Beach offers a perfect destination to unwind and release all stress.
You’ll find all kinds of marine life in the water including sea turtles and a beautiful old lighthouse on land, but you can only get there by water taxi or private boat.
Walk on the best beach in Puerto Rico
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $5 parking plus $2 per person admission | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Aleli Cottages
Once rated among the top ten beaches in the world, Flamenco Beach offers beach bums their dream tropical paradise, surrounded by crystal clear waters, palm trees, white sand, and an odd-looking military tank right on the shore.
The beach offers facilities like picnic areas, showers, bathrooms, and umbrella rentals. Flamenco’s clear waters are shallow and safe for snorkeling with your kids.
Sail to an uninhabited island
📍 Google Maps | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: El Conquistador Resort
Icacos is one of the many cays of Puerto Rico and is located on the east coast. This small cay offers one of the most beautiful shores in Puerto Rico, with shallow clear waters and fine sand perfect for beach bumming or snorkeling close to coral reefs.
You can get to this Fajardo beach by water taxi or a private tour in a catamaran which can provide you with lunch and snorkeling equipment.
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Soak in the scenery of Cabo Rojo
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: Close to the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Combate Beach Resort
Don’t get confused by the name, which means “Dirty Beach” in Spanish. Playa Sucia is actually a top Puerto Rico beach. Located on Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast in Cabo Rojo, Playa Sucia offers visitors a natural landscape without any resorts (and no amenities whatsoever), and a picture-perfect beach to lie on all day.
Many people use Playa Sucia and La Playuela as interchangeable names, but you’ll find the original Playuela on the east side of the bay.
Snorkel in shallow crystal clear waters
📍 Google Maps | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa
Cayo Aurora, also known as Gilligan’s Island, doesn’t have a typical shoreline, but it’s often considered the best beach in Puerto Rico for its shallow and clear waters ideal for snorkeling.
The surrounding waters are so shallow that they’re safe for your children. Gilligan’s Island is located outside the coast of Guánica, you can only reach Gilligan’s island by renting a kayak or by private boat.
A beach within a few minutes of the airport
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: On-street parking, free, or Carolina Beach, $4 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort
Isla Verde Beach is accessible and convenient for every traveler. It’s the perfect area to stay in Puerto Rico if you want to enjoy the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean without leaving the metro area.
Isla Verde splits into Pine Grove, Alambique, and Balneario de Carolina. Out of the three parts of Isla Verde, Balneario de Carolina is the safest for kids and has great facilities.
Admire Puerto Rico’s north coast
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: On-street parking, free, or private parking, $8-$10 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Stay Nearby: La Concha Renaissance San Juan Resort
Condado Beach is a great beach for first-time visitors to Puerto Rico. Located in a popular resort area of San Juan, this beach offers watersports, beach chairs, umbrellas rentals, and beachfront restaurants.
However, It is best to avoid swimming here, especially if you are inexperienced or young. Note that the currents are strong, particularly during the winter, and drownings have been reported. It’s a great place to relax on the sand, but if you want to swim, consider one of the other Puerto Rico beaches on this list.
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Ocean Park Beach
Play beach volleyball on this urban beach
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Numero Uno Beach House
If you’re looking for a beach in San Juan that’s less crowded than Isla Verde, drive a little farther to Ocean Park Beach. Even if Ocean Park Beach is small and doesn’t have any facilities, this public beach sports a Miami Beach-style vibe and it offers adventurers sports like kite surfing and beach volleyball.
Poza del Obispo
Immerse in a spectacle of crashing waves
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Arecibo Inn
Another hidden gem beach lovers can’t miss is Poza del Obispo on the north coast of Arecibo. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico, this public beach is a natural shallow pool formed by rock formations and is home to turquoise blue waters and golden sand. The west side of Poza del Obispo has stronger waves perfect for surfing enthusiasts.
Swim at the most popular beach in San Juan
📍 Google Maps | Parking: In front of the beach, $5 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Caribe Hilton
If you want a warm beach with golden sand and clear blue waters without having to go to the west coast, then visit Escambrón Beach in San Juan. This family friendly-beach has a Blue Flag award, and it offers swimmers the opportunity to snorkel or go scuba diving. You will also find bathrooms, showers and food stalls, and a nearby park for kids.
Tamarindo Grande Beach
Spot the turtles hiding between seagrass
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: Flamenco Beach parking lot, $5 parking plus $2 per person admission | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Aleli Cottages
While Playa Flamenco and Zoni Beach are the most popular beaches in Culebra, you shouldn’t miss a stop at Tamarindo Beach. Tamarindo Beach boasts a unique rocky coastline and breathtaking scenery.
Another reason Tamarindo Grande Beach is great? Sea turtles! Just make sure you bring everything necessary for your beach day, as you won’t find any rentals on this beach.
Explore this beach with a double atmosphere
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $5 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: LaLolitaVilla
While Boquerón and Combate Beach are both party beaches, Playa Buyé features a more peaceful vibe, especially during weekdays and off-season. The beach usually has calm waves and it offers one of the best spots in Cabo Rojo to see the sunset.
Buyé is often compared with Playa Flamenco for its beautiful hues of blue. The area close to the parking lot features amenities and if you walk towards the south you’ll often have the beach for yourself.
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Cath waves with Puerto Rico’s best surfers
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Casa Verde Hotel
Puerto Rico’s west coast offers the best beaches for surfing and, if you’re a surfing enthusiast, you can’t miss a visit to Domes Beach in Rincón. Domes beach gets its name from the huge white dome next to it and along with Maria’s Beach, it hosts yearly surfing competitions.
If you’re also into hiking, you can take the Domes trail song the beach until reaching the Spanish Wall Beach.
Hike through Aguadilla’s coastline
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, free | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Punta Borinquen Resort
While visiting Crash Boat Beach is the most popularthing to do in Aguadilla, Survival Beach is a hundred times better if you’re into beach hiking or surfing. This tropical paradise has huge boulders along the coastline which offer a great outdoor adventure with one of the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. Needless to say, Survival Beach, doesn’t have any amenities.
Seven Seas Beach
Snorkel in the waters of a nature reserve
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $4 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: El Conquistador Resort
Seven Seas Beach is a vibrant beach located on Puerto Rico’s northeast coast and is one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico to add to your travel itinerary.
Seven Seas Beach has bright blue waters and calm waves perfect for snorkeling and amenities like bathrooms, showers, and gazebos. It’s one of the most popular places to visit in Fajardo.
Swim on a beach located next to a dry forest
📍 Google Maps | 🅿️ Parking: In front of the beach, $4 | 🛎️ Where to Stay Nearby: Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa
Located inside Guánica’s Dry Forest, Caña Gorda is without a doubt the best beach in Guánica. Besides its natural beauty and convenient amenities, Caña Gorda Beach has plenty of shade where you can rest on the white sand and watch the Caribbean Sea.
This beach also has lifeguards which makes it the safest beach in the area to visit with kids.
FAQs About the Beaches in Puerto Rico
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