Sardinera Beach —also known among the locals as Playa Sardinera and “Balneario Manuel Morales”— is a long beach located in the municipality of Dorado on the north central area of Puerto Rico. It’s a “balneario” so it has all the amenities like ample parking, showers, restrooms, lifeguards, safety buoys and concession stands. There are some picnic tables along the green areas but what I didn’t see were any gazebos.
The water is a beautiful turquoise blue, crystal clear and the surf is very mild. The sand is light tan colored, fluffy and spotless.
Balnearios are usually among the most popular beaches on the Island so they can be quite crowded during weekends and the summer months. During the week they are often deserted.
While Sardinera Beach “Balneario Manuel Morales” seems to be quite popular among the locals it’s not as popular among islanders in general. Most people prefer Mar Chiquita, Cerro Gordo, Los Tubos or Punta Salinas when it comes to the beaches in the north central area of the Island. In any case, I thought I would mention it because many people swear by this beach.