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Playa Puerto Nuevo – Another Beautiful Beach

Posted on Dec 26th, 2010 by • Updated on Mar 7th, 2015

NOTE: With the rough weather we had in early 2010, there were massive waves that came up and over the wavebreaks and destroyed the buildings and parking areas. They are in the process of repairing them, so the beach is available for use, but the “balneario” part (facilities) are not available. Note 2/15- We recently went and the beach was so-so clean, though no facilities are available.

Playa Puerto Nuevo

Note since the original article published, this beach has gone down in quality. While the beach is still pretty, it is not maintained well. Hopefully that will soon be remedied when they complete the construction and officially re-open this balneario.But the scenery is still beautiful! Playa Puerto Nuevo is another must-visit beach. I would have to say it is on my Top-10 list of beaches in Puerto Rico.

Located on the north coast, in Vega Baja, about 45 minutes west of San Juan, it is just beautiful. Sometimes called the Balneario of Vega Baja, or Balneario Puerto Nuevo, it is has something for everyone.

The Beach & Facilities

The beach is golden sand and is protected from the violent northern swells by huge limestone rocks. The rock outcroppings act a as a wave break, but also offer magnicifcent views and photo opportunities.

These rocks make for 2 types of water fun. First, there is a nice natural pozo or pool that is gently filled and flushed constantly with the wave action. The water in this pool is almost always calm. It is shallow on the edges and deeper in the middle. Second, there is the beach on the left that is open to the ocean, however one side is a cove protected by the limestone rocks. Go to the west (left) for more wave action.

Playa Puerto Nuevo

The limestone rocks are beautiful and they call out for you to climb them to get some beautiful photos. But you need to be careful. Huge waves do occasionally crash over them. Check YouTube for some amazing (and scary) videos of this beach in the Spring of 2010.

If you want to climb on the rocks and explore, be very aware of waves conditions, wear sturdy shoes (the rocks are sharp) and do so at your own risk.

There are picnic tables, bathrooms, lifeguards, parking, showers, a playground and food kiosks. And, because it is a balneario, water quality is monitored by la Junta de Calidad Ambiental (Board of Environmental Quality).

Playa Puerto Nuevo

Like many beaches on the island, there were a large number of stray dogs hanging around. And we saw some broken bottles in the sand. So watch your step!

For beachcombers, I did find some sea glass and nice sea shells on the beach.

I did not get in the water with my snorkel gear, but I saw a number of fish in the pool and around the rocks.


It can get crowded, especially on weekends and in summer.

Playa Puerto Nuevo is about a 45-minute drive from the San Juan area.

The beach is located on Route 686 at the intersection with Route 692 in Vega Baja. Currently, you need to follow a detour to get to the parking area.

Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.

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  1. I’ve been to this beach, and while it’s beautiful from a distance, a closer inspection will reveal trash, including sharp broken glass, both on the beach and in the water. Moreover, the river about a mile away throws all kinds of trash onto this beach – and that must include the bacteria that goes with it.

  2. Yes, we were just here a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to the construction, they have stopped the services of the balneario-so there are no facilities and no one is cleaning the beach. The waves do wash up a lot of trash and debris. But luckily, the water is still monitored for bacteria by the JCA, so you check here: http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/beaches-101/ to make sure water quality is good.

  3. QThis was one of the most beautiful beach in Puerto Rico, I don’t know why the mayor don’t get it fix. A n d bring back the kiosk,so people can enjoy the beauty of it. politics in P R sucks.

  4. Do not go there!! It is still in bad shape. Very dirty and sharp glass all over the sand. Not to mention stray dogs all over the place. With that comes the dog poop everywhere… The area looks very shady with a lot of abandoned homes. It’s very sad being that it is such a beautiful beach!! All I was able to do was take a few pictures.

  5. That makes me very sad. I really love that beach. Yes, the area around it is not great- I assume the huge waves that destroyed the original beach buildings also destroyed these. They just don’t take care of the beach in the winter months. And so many stray dogs, breaks my heart. I haven’t been there in a while, I was just thinking about heading out there to see the waves coming over the rocks…the pictures can be great.

  6. We visited this beach on Sunday, 12/7/14, after we learned that Playa Cerro Gordo in Vega Alta was closed to swimmers due to water contamination. Playa Puerto Nuevo made for a fun day for me and my family, though there were with some caveats. It definitely could use some picking up. There was a fair amount of glass, trash, animal droppings and a stray, mangy dog on the beach. There are a number of bathrooms, perhaps with showers, but they were all closed. There is a very handsome, large, new beach house/administrative building(?) along with maybe some planned kiosks or something between the parking lot and the beach, but it was all fenced in. I’m guessing the same reason the beach has not been kept clean is why there is a huge beach house not being used. Likely the municipality ran out of money or theyñre waiting until summer. In any event, the kids had fun swimming on both the open beach and more so on the warm water cove side. I’m guessing the bacteria count was high in the cove, but the splashing waves were impressive and there were some unexpected snorkeling opportunities around the cove. A fair number of folks, mostly locals, enjoying the beach. Four officers on horseback came through around midday. A little care and maybe an admission fee would turn this into a really amazing beach.

  7. The beach located in Vega Baja, PR is very beautiful. Certain areas are very calm and gorgeous. Please do not go to the top of the mountains where the rocks are located. The rocks are very slippery. The waves that splash over the mountains are about 15 feet high. It may cause you to slip and fall. On the other side of the mountain deep down into the ocean there is a world pool. Stay away from this these rocks many people have lost their lives here. If you come to this beach stay please stay in the shallow end of the beach. Beautiful looks are very deceiving.

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