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Playa Puerto Nuevo – Another Beautiful Beach

Playa Puerto Nuevo

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.

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).It has been awarded the Blue Flag for 2020-2021! And if you coordinate with the lifeguards, they also have some “water chairs” for handicapped people to enjoy the beach and water.

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 occasionally 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 M-F, $4 S/S/Holiday. There used to be a parking area outside the balneario gates where people park and walk in for free, but when we went on a weekend, looked like it was closed off and there were food trucks. I don’t think it would be open during week anymore either. . But it is good to help support the salaries of cleaning staff and maintenance of the beach by paying the parking fee.

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Went today 4/10/2021. This beach is so beautiful. It’s definitely a must see.

Comment by Monica Jimenez on 10 Apr 2021

Bella playa , muy limpia el servicio de los chicos es de primera, también la seguridad muy confiada en regresar ahi , mi nueva playa favorita, felicitó a todos .

Comment by Nilda Irizarry on 04 Jul 2019

There is no public transportation to that beach. There are waves in winter but the huge waves are usually only when a low pressure weather system is in effect. So not all the time.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Mar 2016

We will be in San Juan for one day and wish to go to this beach because we have heard so much about it. Is there a special van that goes there? Also....are those big waves always there or only certain times of the year?

Comment by Deborah on 30 Mar 2016

You would have to either rent a car, or get a private tour that will take you there. Why are you interested in Vega Baja...not a ton of stuff there. If it is to see Playa Puerto Nuevo and the big waves, that all depends on the weather. Some days, it is just a pretty beach....might not be worth it.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Jan 2016

We will be in San Juan for about 5 or 6 hours in March. Thinking of going to Vega Baja. What's the best way to get there, and would it be worth it?

Comment by Stacy Boling on 10 Jan 2016

Its is a beautiful beach to go n visit the place is clean amd beautiful people and yes mayor should bring back the kiosko and maken it happen. Pizza Marina its the place to eat and drink beach view. Enjoy the staying

Comment by Junito Crespo on 01 Jan 2016

I LOVE Puerto Nuevo bech and Iive in Bariada Sandin, I do skimboardin

Comment by Paola P. Oyola Rivera on 26 Aug 2015

I love this beach is honestly my best spot for enjoying a nice workout or perhaps swimming, the point is that many people have to show the kids and youngsters to take also the step to clean the beach as well. But father you are the big example for you children.

Comment by Amancio Crespo on 15 Aug 2015


Comment by YVE on 27 May 2015

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.

Comment by Beautiful But Deceiving on 19 Mar 2015

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.

Comment by Peter on 07 Dec 2014

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.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Dec 2014

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.

Comment by E.M. on 01 Dec 2014

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.

Comment by manny on 02 Aug 2014

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: to make sure water quality is good.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Jan 2012

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.

Comment by J on 08 Jan 2012

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