Peña Blanca Beach In Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (2022) – All You Need To Know

Peña Blanca Beach has crystal clear waters, magnificent views and great snorkeling.

This hard-to-get-to beach is worth visiting. 

I have been swimming, snorkeling and surfing at Peña Blanca for over 30 years. 

In this article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to have an unforgettable day at Peña Blanca Beach:

What is Peña Blanca Beach?
Where is Peña Blanca Beach located?
How do you get to Peña Blanca Beach in Puerto Rico?
How much time do you need at Peña Blanca Beach?
Do you have to pay to park at Peña Blanca Beach?
Can you visit Peña Blanca Beach without a tour?
Is Peña Blanca Beach open to the public?
Is Peña Blanca worth visiting?

 

What is Peña Blanca Beach?

Peña Blanca, or Wishing Wells, is a secluded beach you must visit during your stay in Puerto Rico.

Peña Blanca means White Stone.

Below is a video from Peña Blanca beach: 

The walls of white rock in front of the beach give a sense of privacy.

image of white rock wall formation
Image of a white rock wall formation at Peña Blanca, Aguadilla.

There was a deep water well in front of the beach, which is why English Speakers from the United States named the beach Wishing Wells.

image of white rock wall formation
Image of a man sitting on what used to be a deep water well.

Peña Blanca offers crystal clear water, beautiful views, and one of the best snorkeling spots in Puerto Rico.

 

Where is Peña Blanca Beach located?

Below is a Google Maps showing where Peña Blanca is located:

Peña Blanca is in the northwestern town of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It is a two-hour drive from San Juan.

In sector Playuelas, you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Puerto Rico.

 

How do you get to Peña Blanca Beach in Puerto Rico?

The GPS will tell you to take road one hundred seven (107), turn left at el macetazo street, Zanzibar, etc.

The problem is that these secondary roads are not well labeled. Puertorico.com will help you to get to Peña Blanca and enjoy your day on this paradisiac beach.

Here are some photo instructions:

Coming from the South (Mayaguez or Ponce).

Reach kilometer 126.8  on road number 2; you will see a sign that reads Crash Boat Beach; keep on the left lane and take the exit to Pedro Albizu Campos Avenue, Road 107. 

image of Crash Boat Beach highway
Image of Crash Boat beach highway.

If you are coming from the North, keep left at kilometer.

Coming from the North, stay right at kilometer 125.6 and take the exit that reads “107 Norte, Punta Borinquen Aeropuerto Rafael Hernandez”.

image of road to Punta Borinquen Airport
Image of the road to Punta Borinquen airport.

Stay on road 107 for 3.4 kilometers, approximately seven minutes, until you reach a traffic light with a black building called Set The Bar and turn left.

image of a highway road
Image of a highway road.

Keep going down on Calle el Macetazo for a couple of minutes and then turn left to Calle Azores.

image of Calle Azores road
Image of Calle Azores road to turn left.

Turn right onto Calle Mancora.

image of Calle Mancora road
Image of Calle Mancora road to turn right.

Turn left toward Calle Zanzibar.

image of road
Image of Calle Zanzibar road to turn left.

And turn right onto Calle Zanzibar.

image of Calle Zanzibar road
Image of Calle Zanzibar Road to turn right.

This narrow street will take you to Peña Blanca. Keep going until you see a mural of a Puerto Rican flag.

image of Puerto Rican mural flag
Image of Puerto Rican mural flag.

Park your vehicle on the lot at your right.

 

How much time do you need at Peña Blanca Beach?

If you come from San Juan, you will spend 4 hours on the road.

Remember that you can do different things in Peña Blanca.

You can sit there, enjoy the view, relax, read a book, take pictures, and not get in the water. You can swim and spend the day at the beach.

image of different locations in Peña Blanca
Image of different locations in Peña Blanca

You can snorkel dive and meet some “Careys” Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and other schools of fish.

Remember the fish in Finding Nemo that made impressions and gave directions? You can find those fish in Peña Blanca.

In the winter, if you are a surfer, you can surf the Wishing Well.

This beach has waves that are great for body boarding.

No matter what activity you choose to do in Peña Blanca, I believe you will stay there the whole day. 

 

Do you have to pay to park at Peña Blanca Beach?

You don’t have to pay to park at Peña Blanca. But the parking space is minimal.

There are three to five parking spots. Many locals park on the side of the street, but the road is narrow, and the local police can give you a ticket.

image of a limited parking area
Image of a limited parking area
image of a pay parking area
Image of a pay parking area

You also risk that someone might break one of your vehicle’s windows. I think paying 5 dollars to park in the house’s parking lot near the beach and enjoy your day without worries is better.

To find a good parking spot, try to get there early. Peña Blanca gets crowded in the summer, and finding parking space is a nightmare.

Not to mention that it isn’t easy to drive on that narrow road with cars parked on the side of it. 

 

Can you visit Peña Blanca Beach without a tour?

You don’t need a tour or guide to visit Peña Blanca. But here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your trip.

  • In the Summer months, Peña Blanca gets crowded. If you can, go on a weekday. 
  • Getting to the beach is not that easy. From the road, you will have to make it down some steps and descend on a little dirt slope to get to where the wishing well was. You can go to the left (south side of the beach) or the right (north side of the beach).
    • If you go to the left, you will have to descend on some concrete steps that have no rails and are often wet. Be careful. 
  • Bring snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Protect yourself from the sun, use sunscreen, and if possible, bring an umbrella. If you get there early, you can sit in one of the little cave-like rock formations; they are perfect for getting a little shade.
  • image of rock cave
    Image of rock cave in Peña Blanca, Aguadilla.
  • There are no restrooms, showers, or places to eat in Peña Blanca.
  • Stay away from fire coral and be careful with sea urchins. 
  • In the summer, the tide in Peña Blanca recedes, revealing a white sand strip.
  • But the tide rises in the fall and winter, and there will be little sand on Peña Blanca. During this time, water will be closer to the rocks.  
  • Sometimes currents can be dangerous, stay informed of the weather conditions. 

 

Below is a video of a walk-through experience of Peña Beach in Aguadilla:

 

Is Peña Blanca Beach open to the public?

image of beach with rock formation
Image of beach with rock formation

Yes, Peña Blanca is open to the public.

Access to the beach is free, but as I mentioned before, paying the parking fee to keep your vehicle safe is better.

 

Is Peña Blanca worth visiting?

In a word, Absolutely. Peña Blanca is worth the two-hour drive from San Juan.

It is also worth navigating the maze of little roads to get there.

And even when it’s crowded, Peña Blanca is worth it.

Put on your mask and your snorkel, enter that peaceful underwater world and see the fish, the turtles, the sea grass, and the reef. 

Don’t want to get in the water? You can walk on Playuela’s trails from Peña Blanca and enjoy the coastline view.

And if you are a seasoned surfer, visit Peña Blanca during the surf season (late fall, winter, and early spring); you will not be disappointed.

Below is a video of people surfing at Peña Blanca beach:

 

Final thoughts

If you visit Puerto Rico for the beaches, include Peña Blanca Beach on your to-do list. 

You will have a great day swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying the view on this secluded yet sometimes crowded beach. 

Puerto Rico has more to offer than just beautiful beaches; check out our article about the top 45 things to do in Puerto Rico

Article by

Carlos Cubero

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. I’m passionate about Puerto Rican history and culture. I live on the west coast of Puerto Rico, and host an Airbnb for tourists. I also coordinate tours and concierge services for tourists. I authored “Eat Like A Local, Puerto Rico”, and have contributed to blogs and magazines with articles about discovering and enjoying what Puerto Rico has to offer.

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