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Fajardo/Culebra/Vieques Ferry Update (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 @ 8am AST/EDT) The PR DTOP ATM ferry situation between Fajardo, Culebra, and Vieques is improving. At this moment, the Cayo Blanco passenger ferry (capacity 600 people), and a cargo ferry, are servicing the Fajardo ↔ Culebra route. There is a combo cargo/passenger ferry servicing the Fajardo ↔ Vieques route. They seem to have implemented a better-organized passenger-loading procedure, which gets people into seats quicker. Expect long lines at the ferry terminal during Semana Santa (Holy Week), during which lots of people head to the beaches in Culebra. If not being able to get onto the ferry between Fajardo and Culebra/Vieques will ruin your day, consider flying instead.

Visit Balneario Punta Salinas Blue Flag Beach in Toa Baja

Posted on Oct 30th, 2011 by • Updated on Dec 7th, 2013

Balneario Punta Salinas

One of the great things about living on an island is that there are beaches all around you. While sometimes it is nice to be alone on a deserted beach — just yourself, the sand and the ocean — at other times it is nice to have all the facilities and securities that make you feel comfortable.

Balneario Punta Salinas, in Toa Baja, is one of those beaches. Located on the north coast, not too far from San Juan, Balneario Punta Salinas is popular with the locals, but it does offer the facilities that you need. It is situated on an islet — one protected side for swimming, and the other side has rough water but with great views of Old San Juan.

Balneario Punta Salinas is a large beach located on the west side of the islet. This large cresent cove beach usually has calm water. Inside this cresent is the Blue Flag Beach area, which has a large roped-off swimming area with life guards.

Balneario Punta Salinas

Outside the Blue Flag area you can enjoy kayaking and other water fun, like fishing. The water quality is tested in the blue Flag area and there is a display with lots of information about the area. This is a manatee area and a sea turtle nesting site, so keep your eyes open and you might get a lucky wildlife sighting.

To the south end, it is forested and to the north end, there are some rocks and a nice "island" that helps block the rough Atlantic waves. There are picnic pavilions of different sizes for rent.

Regarding the beach itself, the sand is a dark beige color, not white sand. There was a bunch of natural debris (seaweed) the day we went, but I think that all depends on the recent weather and currents. It was a pretty beach, but not my favorite.

Balneario Punta Salinas

Facilities at the balneario include restrooms, showers, changing rooms, life guards, water quality monitoring, basketball hoops, consession stands for food/drinks during high season, and floating wheel chairs (supposedly, but I would call first). If you go during Puerto Rico’s local "low season" (mid-August to May), don’t expect everything to be open.

The eastern side of the islet get the winds and the waves. It also gets all the run-off from a river, so the water isn’t clear and there is lots of debris washed up along the shoreline. Swimming is not allowed on that side.

Details

Entrance to the balneario is $4.28 (including tax) per car for parking.

In high season (summer), the balneario is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 6pm (closed Monday). In low season (mid-August to May), the balneario is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 5pm (closed Monday and Tuesday). The balneario is open on most holidays, regardless of season.

Balneario Punta Salinas

You can call 787-795-3325 for more information.

You can visit the Puerto Rico National Parks web site for more information on all of the balnearios.

Directions from the San Juan area — Take Route 22 west to Road 167 (exit 13). Follow Road 167 north to Road 165. Turn left on Road 165. Follow Road 165 until you see the sign for the balneario on the right.

Driving time from the San Juan area is about 20 minutes.

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  1. I am Puerto Rican and I love my beautiful island, however balneario Punta Salinas was dirty. I paid to get in and we could not even sit because there was so much trash every where. I recommend Domes, Boqueron, Crash Boat , Seven Seas and Luquillo.

  2. We visited two days ago. We had the beach almost to ourselves. The bathrooms and showers were all in working condition and there was a lifeguard. There were lots of seaweed, but once past the seaweed the water was clear and we could even see some small fishes swimming around. The surounding areas were clean. This is a nice beach- not the best in the island but nice enough for a beach day.

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