Playa Survival

Top choice in North Coast

Even the surfers rarely make it to remote Playa Survival, best reached by a 45-minute walk west from Playa Shacks. The narrow strip of sand found elsewhere on this section of coastline opens up into a wide sandy beach backed by hills and trees. It's a definite candidate for 'mainland' Puerto Rico's most beautiful beach.

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