If there’s a perfect beach for swimming in Puerto Rico that would have to be Pine Grove Beach. It’s a crescent shaped beach with shallow crystal clear waters that adults and kids will surely enjoy.
Pine Grove Beach is a public beach that has become one of the favorites of locals and tourists. It is part of the 3 beaches in Isla Verde Beach, which also include El Alambique and Balneario de Carolina. The beach is situated east of San Juan in a town called Carolina. When combined, you have 3 miles of powdery white sand and blue waters to enjoy.
But if you want to go snorkeling, Pine Grove Beach is not the place to visit. You can always go to other beaches in San Juan such as the Playa Convento and Playa Escondido, which are considered the best for snorkeling in mainland Puerto Rico.
Isla Verde Beach is lined with hotels and condominiums. Pine Grove Beach in particular stretches between the posh Ritz-Carlton and Marriot Courtyard, and it’s close to the airport. The tranquil blue waters and the endless stretch of white sand do not get affected by the rough Atlantic current because it is protected by a reef offshore which shelters the water completely. There is also a sandbar so the shallow waters extend to some distance, making it very suitable for swimming.
But surfers won’t be disappointed either because there is a spot to the east which is ideal for surfing. The waves are not too big so if you’re still learning how to surf then you won’t get intimidated by the waves at all. You can try body surfing, boogie boarding and other similar activities. You can also find surfing instructors here – there are local surfers who rent boards and give lessons for a fee.
The best time to go to Pine Grove Beach or to Puerto Rico for that matter is during mid April to June so you don’t have to deal with crowded beaches and noise. Don’t go there during the winter season from December to early April because the beach is bound to be full and you’ll have to deal with litter and loud music.
Tips to Remember
Pine Grove Beach does not have public facilities but this should not be a problem because restaurants are nearby in the Isla Verde district. Or you can always head straight to Carolina Beach which has restrooms, lockers and outdoor showers and it’s only a short walk away.
To get to Pine Grove Beach, simply enter the beach from Ritz Carlton. The best way to access these beautiful public beaches is by staying at any of the beachfront hotels as they have direct access. Or you can also stay at hotels located a few blocks away and simply follow the walkways from Avenida Isla Verde. If you’re driving here, it’s located right off Route 187 on the way to Piñones.