Several different types of mangroves shade this hotel, and the spacious rooms are cheerfully decorated with tropical colors, wicker furniture, and paintings of fishing boats. Many guests arrive by private yacht, but there's no reason you can't show up in a car. It's worth asking for one of the four rooms with balconies. Your dining options include Costa Marina, the hotel's restaurant, or a string of seafood restaurants along the road. It's a bit difficult to find; follow
the signs leading to the "Playa de Salinas" at the end of Route 701.
Jun 6, 2013
Marina de Salinas is located at the end of Road 701, Playa Ward in Salinas, Puerto Rico. It sits by a bay on the Caribbean Sea. The area is known as Porta Caribe and the center of tourism on the south side of the island. It's a bit difficult to find. A local house wife in a small neighborhood about two miles from the Marina de Salinas actually got in her car and led the way. Gracias, Senora! Otherwise, follow the signs leading to the "Playa de Salinas".
I stayed in a basic room with a full bed. This was not booked online in advance. I was a walk-in that showed up in my car rental. The staff were accommodating and friendly. The room was clean and comfortable, but a little outdated. Many guests are private yacht owners that dingy in from their boats, or use a slip. There is a hotel restaurant, a local Puerto Rican bar/restaurant (that had karaoke this night) right across the street on the corner, and another bar/restaurant next to it right on the water owned and managed by an ex-pat and his wife (where I had a fish sandwich and beers). I did not dine at Costa Marina, the hotel’s restaurant. These other places mentioned were pretty basic. The Marina has a great outdoor covered sports bar area that was having a barbecue the night I was there. Unfortunately I had eaten a fish sandwich across the street earlier. Several people were there for the barbecue pork plates. The plates were heaping and looked and smelled delicious. I had a couple of beers and hung out for the karaoke. Someone was having a big birthday party with cake that was served to all of us. It was fun listening to the singers and watching the people. I was glad to have stayed here. The next morning I washed and dried clothes in the on site coin-operated laundry. Stared at a huge iguana stretched out on a huge limb of one of the big mangrove trees by the restaurant while my clothes were in the dryer. Off-the-beaten-path, plenty of positive vibes, the Marina de Salinas proved to be a wonderful discovery. I would definitely stay there again and try to hook up with a sailing charter to St. Croix.