Punta Salinas Beach (Balneario Punta Salinas) is a beautiful beach located in the Municipality of Toa Baja, about 8 miles west of the San Juan area. Punta Salinas is a small beach, but it’s also a Blue Flag beach. That means that it has all the amenities like: ample parking, showers, restrooms, lifeguards, safety buoys, concession stands, gazebos recycling bins, blue flag signage and written material.
The water at Punta Salinas is pristine and the sand is a medium tan color. There is plenty of shade thanks to the many pines and palm trees that line the shore.
This beach is just a stone’s throw from the San Juan area so it’s a ? hour drive at the most. It’s also quite popular; especially with the residents of the Bayamón and Levittown area. That means that it can get quite crowded during weekends, holidays and the summer months.
However, I recently produced a video for my travel blog covering several blue flag beaches on the Island and I was surprised to find quite a large crowd on a Wednesday. That video was produced in September, when most students are already back to school. So I guess this beach is just popular all year ’round.
Personally, I love Punta Salinas. The water is crystal clear, the surf is almost inexistent and its within the San Juan Metroplex. What’s not to like.
However, here’s a word of advise. Punta Salinas Beach (Balneario Punta Salinas) sits on the western side of a peninsula that has Ensenada Boca Vieja on its eastern shore. The first is beautiful and pristine. So much so that it has consistently earned the Blue Flag distinction. But the second is a different story. Ensenada Boca Vieja is wild, rocky and dirty. So stay away.