Santa Clara Island
Santa Clara Island
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39piloto
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
You can get there by boat from the "puerto" or by kayak ( you can rent them at La Concha or Ondarreta beaches. Has a small cafe with food,pintxos etc. Also a small beach when there is low tide .
Written 30 July 2012
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BenLdn
London58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Couples
The Isla de Santa Klara is around 350 meters from the shoreline and most regular swimmers will find the journey easy. Having checked with the lifeguard, we swam from the western edge of La Concha beach, stopping at one of the floating platforms along the way to take stock, but also to take advantage of the slides and springboards to leap into the sea.

The sea was pretty calm, only a little current, so swimming a leisurely breast-stroke with our heads above the water took about 15 mins in total. Front crawl would probably take half as long.

Apart from the last 50 meters, the swim out to the island is within the public swimming area cordoned off from boats by buoys. You'll need to keep an eye out as you approach the island, but we could see that boats were actively avoiding the main areas with swimmers.

We just about managed to walk around the island bare foot. There is a lovely picnic area at the top where there were lots of children appearing to have a whale of a time with lots of space to run about. The cafe at the bottom of the island was overcrowded and not particularly picturesque, but we had taken a few coins in our pocket and the quick drink before swimming back was most welcome.

Unless you have non-swimmers or young children with you, avoid the ferry and swim across - much more enjoyable!
Written 27 September 2015
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Sherif S
Cairo, Egypt881 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
went to the island pedaling from Ondarreta beach, there is a easy sport corner to rent a stand up pedal or other pedaling boats, one hour cost 10 euro and it takes you around 15 to 20 minutes pedaling to reach the island, there is a small place on the island to put your pedal and enjoy jumping on the water or a fast meal in the restaurant ! heard there is regular trip to the island from Kirol Portua but did not try them by myself..
Written 19 October 2017
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Big Steve
Ardmore, OK23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
In the summer the small Santa Clara Island is filled with partying youths. There is no shade, no peaceful place to sit and the one restaurant is overcrowded. This is no place for families or adult couples. Stay on the shore and enjoy beautiful San Sebastian. Skip the island.
Written 6 August 2020
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Merel V
The Hague, The Netherlands71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
I went to the santa clara island with some friends, we made a nice walk and had a picknick. The weather was great that day but actually there was nothing to do. There are nicer places for a good view over the bay, beaches and city of San Sebastian. Would not recommend it when you don't have a lot of days to spend in the city
Written 22 May 2014
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Kristoffer M
Frederiksberg, Denmark130 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
We decided to swim across the bay to get to the island, and that is not impossible. Actually, if you got the time, and are in shape for a tiring swim, then it is a thing to do during the summer.
The island itself isn't that spectacular, but it is a nice break from the city. Also possible to get there by boat.
Written 23 October 2017
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DP49
Edmonds, WA1,454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Historically, during the 16th century plague victims were transported to this island to live out the remainder of their days in quarantine. Fast forward to the present and this little island offers a wonderful respite, whether for an hour or a full day, from a hectic day of sightseeing. We opted for the former and within an hour we walked up to the lighthouse cottage while taking in the dizzying fabulous rock formations below as well as the amazing views around the island and of SS. The sloping paths crisscrossing the island are a combination of steps and stone pathways. While there is a steady incline upward, you can reach the top with minimal effort. At the base of the island is a small pier from which you can swim, even back to the mainland if you so choose, and a small full service café. If you elect to bring food over for a picnic then you will find a large number of benches and picnic tables throughout the island as well as bathroom facilities. This wonderful little island, easily reached by ferry service should not be missed, even if you have limited time in San Sebastian.
Written 9 September 2017
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BarbroT
Motala, Sweden345 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
A twenty minutes boat ride takes you to this green little island in the Concha bay of San Sebastián. The boats run every half hour in summer. It was a bit awkward to find the ticket office and where to board when coming from the old town.
The day we visited the island was one of the best in the whole summer of -16. The little harbour with its bar, tiny beach -that later turns in to a mini pool! - and quite a lot of sun bathing space, was full of people. Young boys and girls have a lot of fun jumping and diving. You see wind board surfers and paddlers from mainland.
The bar serve a good section of cold drinks and also tapas and snacks.
The island is covered by winding paths. Everywhere there are picnic places and scenic spots. It's really the place to go on a sunny day.
I guess you get a completely different picture on a cold or rainy day, but that might suit you better. I myself found it a little bit too hectic on the finest day of summer. But it's definitely a lovely place to visit.
Written 19 August 2016
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Tania_Meyn
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
The guided tour ferry Trip to Santa Clara island was probably the highlight of my stay here! It's a fantastic ferry ride/ tour around the coast taking you past Mont Igledo & Urgell & the combs. It gives you such a great view & feel of the coast. Then you get to hop off on the island & spend time there. You can do a quick hike up, or relax at the bar! Don't forget to carry your bathers here, the water is so beautiful, you can jump in for a dip!
This is a must do, but the ferry generally only runs in summer, so check with the booking office.
Written 1 October 2015
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MancSnowman
Manchester21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
if you go to the harbour you can catch a boat trip to the island..the island gives you views of the of the old town and surrounding main land and also views of the coast line further along from San Sebastian..
Written 3 October 2012
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