Arroyo Punta Guilarte Beach (12 miles) Directions: Take Carr. 53 East (away from San Juan) - go 7 miles until the freeway ends and you are now on the main road Carr. 54 through Guayama. Go through about 5 lights passing the hospital and McDonalds. Eventually the road will turn to left - get into the right lane and at the next intersection turn right onto Carr. 3. At the next stop light continue on straight (if you turned right here onto Carr. 753 you'd head into the town of Arroyo). In about 2 miles you'll see a small road on the right hand side with a log based arch with the word 'Guilarte' on it. This is the access road to the beach. If you miss this road you will come to a Y in the road which if you go right is a long bridge (part of the future expansion of Carr. 53) and if you head straight you end up in the town of Patillas. Turn around and look for the log arch again. This beach is a pay beach during the day but free at night (it may be closed on certain days - if so just park nearby and walk in). Camping is also available.
Patillas Patillas beach is also a public park - follow the same directions as going to Arroyo beach but continue on to the Y in the road and follow the Y to the right. When the semi-freeway ends turn to the right and follow the old road (Carr. 3) for another mile and a half. You'll pass a couple of good Seafood restaurants and then the road will turn away from the Ocean - as it does you need to turn right onto a small road that leads to the beach park. It is only a couple hundred feet down this road. At this beach there are lots of little huts selling cooked seafood and Puerto Rican foods.