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Ensenada Breñas

Puerto Rico

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Tucked-Away Cove

There’s no lack of hidden beaches to savor in Puerto Rico, especially for travelers willing to rent a car and explore areas outside of the capital city of San Juan. In fact, tiny Ensenada Breñas is just a 40-minute drive west, but this coastal corner feels worlds away from any pulsing metropolis.

For one, it’s tucked away in a small bay between two rocky promontories, in a residential area dotted with weathered oceanfront villas. There’s no parking lot, no restrooms, no vendors or restaurants. Just golden sand, lapping ocean waves and pristine water.

Privacy and Peace

Ensenada Breñas is not likely to be packed — typically, visitors will see only a few locals quietly enjoying the beachfront. Tourists are more likely to hang out at Cerro Gordo Beach about a mile west, a more sizeable coastal park with lifeguards, restroom facilities and parking.

An abandoned sets of steps covered with graffiti gives the beach an edgy, secret feel. For some shade, lay a blanket down near the concrete wall on the beach’s western edge. A snorkel mask will help you catch a glimpse of what’s underwater, but be careful not to venture out too far — locals report that there can be a strong undertow.

Eat and Drink

Since there’s no chance of dining on the beach (unless you pack food for a picnic, a wise choice), head to the small town of Dorado and choose from the dozen or so restaurants scattered along PR-693.

The village also offers several oceanfront eateries at its own sliver of sand, called Balneario Manuel Morales, between the East Golf Course and the Embassy Suites Hilton Dorado del Mar.

Ensenada Breñas at a Glance

City:Dorado

Country or State:Puerto Rico

Length of Beach:500 feet

Access:By car

Best time to visit:Late summer/early fall - best rates

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Facilities:

  • Restaurants in nearby Dorado

Beach Type:

  • Golden sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded