Playa Colora – A Secret Beach in Fajardo
This beach is subject to rough surf and rip-currents. The DRNA does not permit swimming at this beach. You can get seriously hurt doing so. We do not recommend swimming/snorkeling in this area.
We found a cute secluded beach, just a short 25-minute walk from Seven Seas Balneario in Fajardo. Because it is a bit of a hike, most people don’t bother going, which makes it a great "get-away".
Called Playa Colora, it is a little known beach at the far left of the Seven Seas cove. The sand is orangey tan. There are large black rocks at either side of the beach, protecting it from people’s sight. The water is clear and blue. You can look across and see the lighthouse. All in all it is a beautiful, picture perfect sight. This beach is for enjoyment of the scenery and privacy.
The DRNA has posted this as a no-swimming beach. It is subject to rough surf and rip tides. If you choose to disregard the warning signs and go into the water you do so at your own risk and need to be careful as there are no life guards, and help is a long-way away. Sometimes you can see the large waves. But even when you don’t see waves, there may be a strong current. Please use common sense and stay out of the water. Just because it "looks" safe doesn’t mean it is.
How do I get there?
Like I said, it is a bit of a walk to get there. As you walk into Seven Seas beach, facing the water, go to the left. At the rocks, there is a path. Here you have two choices – if it is low tide, you can continue to walk along the shore line, scrambling over some rocks or you can take the path to your left through the mangroves. Either way, it ends up on a small sandy area where the beach ends. Here there are some trails, with the DRNA trail signs (or there used to be signs!). Take the trail on the right. Walk about 10 minutes through the mangrove "forest". This is where we saw a lot of birds, lizards and a mongoose. We also met a million hungry mosquitoes. Here is an important tip – bring bug spray and use it liberally before starting on this path! Eventually there will be a path and a sign for Playa Colora. Take this right path to the beach.Once we got onto Playa Colora, we realized we were the only people there! We looked around a bit – the sand is pretty, a heavy type, mostly clean and free of seaweed.
Realize, you need to bring everything – there are no facilities there. Bring a beach umbrella, since there is no shade at all. Also bring plenty of fluids. And please be prepared to "pack-out" your trash.
There are other beaches (Playa Escondida, Finca el Convento, Governor’s Beach) just a little further up the mangrove path (go straight instead of turning right to Playa Colora). They also are not recommended for swimming.
I have heard both of these beaches are sometimes used by "clothing optional" people. While nude sunbathing is not allowed anywhere in Puerto Rico, this area is pretty secluded … so just be careful that you don’t see something that you don’t want to see!
We were glad to see the beach was clean – there was no trash around. So remember to pack-out all of your trash, so the next people can also enjoy the unspoiled beauty.
The Seven Seas balneario is open Wed-Sun 8:30am – 5:00pm October through April, and Y days a week 8:30am – 6:00pm May through September. If the balneario is closed, you can park on the street and walk through the fence.
You can locate Seven Seas Beach on our Interactive Island Map as the starting point for your walk to Playa Colora.
Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.