Playa La Peña (we call it Dog Beach)
Beachcombing, walking the dogs, fishing, paddleboarding, and spending quiet time. Bonus: wave at the planes as they come in to land at the airport.
This beach has some trash around, much of it caused by the hurricane and not yet cleaned up. Unfortunately the trash continues to grow because there are no trash cans to help people do their part.
The water quality varies here quite a bit, from crystal clear to somewhat cloudy. The west end of this beach can capture large amounts of seaweed at times.
From town, go west on Rte 200 toward the airport. Past the airport but before the Mosquito Pier, is the old Ceiba Tree and its unassuming little park. Once you find the Ceiba Tree on your right, you can see the beach straight ahead. Park in the shade and enjoy.
You can also go down the gravel road to the right and find a couple of shady pullouts which are great for setting up to spend an entire day.
This northside beach is just east of the Rompeolas (aka Mosquito) Pier, at the sage old Ceiba, a 375-year-old beauty of a tree. It was completely stripped of its foliage by Hurricane María (and doubtless in many hurricanes in the past), but today you wouldn’t know it. The old gal is as beautiful and green as ever. Once you find the Ceiba Tree, you have found the beach.
This is a long beach about 3/4 of a mile end to end, and is great for walking the dogs (hence our alternate name). It isn’t strikingly beautiful, but it has a charm that some of us are attracted to. It’s easy to find and to get to, and is great for spending a day in the water, fishing, paddle boarding, etc.
There are many places on this beach with good shade trees.