Playa Puerto Nuevo – Another Beautiful Beach
Post Maria- 1/20/18- The beach is open and pretty, but the vacation rental building was messed up again. There is a parking lot just before you get to the balneario parking you can use. There were lifeguards too but bathrooms were not open. They ask you to stay off the rocks, especially on high surf days.
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 have finished repairing/replacing the facilities in 2015. Note 5/15- We recently went and the beach has been cleaned and the bathrooms and showers are open.
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 magnificent 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.
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).
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. There is a Parking area at the Balneario for $3 per car, but there are many parking spots outside the balneario gates where people park and walk in for free. But it is good to help support the salaries of cleaning staff and maintenance of the beach by paying the parking fee.
Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.
- Playa Puerto Nuevo: (18.492002, -66.398205)
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