Best Beaches in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico might be a small island, but it is surrounded by more than 270 miles of beautiful coastline. There are close to 300 beaches in Puerto Rico. The beaches are, after all, one of the main reasons so many people go to this tropical paradise. So, for that reason, here are the best beaches in Puerto Rico.
Flamenco Beach. Stretching for a mile around a sheltered, horseshoe-shaped bay, Playa Flamenco is not just the best beach on Culebra Island, it is also generally regarded as the finest in Puerto Rico, and quite possibly the whole Caribbean. The sand is blazingly white and the warm water gently laps at the shoreline. It is an excellent site for entry-level snorkeling and diving.
The beach has bathroom facilities, showers, bathrooms and kiosks selling food and drinks. Camping is available at Playa Flamenco, however reservations are required and you will need to bring your own equipment.
Luquillo Beach (aka Balneario La Monserrate). This is a family-friendly beach with gentle surf and only 30 miles east of San Juan. This section of beach has a coral reef perfectly situated that limits the rough oceans that are evident at some other beaches. As a result, the waters are usually calmer, clearer and better suited for small children. Luquillo Beach can be perfectly paired with a visit to the nearby El Yunque Rainforest. There’s a full range of facilities at the beach, including cafeterias, public bathrooms with showers, and an ample parking lot. If you’re looking for an authentic Puerto Rican beach experience, Luquillo would be our recommendation.
Boquerón Beach. With its white sandy shores stretching for over a mile and clear blue waters, it’s no surprise that this oasis in southeast Puerto Rico has been rated as one of the best beaches on the island. Its calm waters is ideal for family fun and many water sports. There’s fine snorkeling, sailing and fishing as well.
This beach is one of the four beaches in Puerto Rico under the Blue Flag classification. It is a state-run public beach, with lifeguards, lockers, bathrooms, showers, a cafeteria and sundries shop, picnic tables and barbecue pits. Hundreds of people from the metro area of Puerto Rico visit this beach during the weekends.
Playa Sucia (La Playuela). Calm beach cove with stunning views of a lighthouse, cliffs and fine white sand, natural bridges, hidden caves and private beach coves to explore… Playa Sucia or La Playuela is one of Puerto Rico’s best kept secrets on the mainland; such a beautiful secret that we have to share it. It was named many times the most scenic beach on the island of Puerto Rico.
The surf is calm at Playa Sucia, making it easy to snorkel and explore.
Playa Sucia is inside a wildlife nature reserve with salt flats, a bird sanctuary, scenic walking and bicycle trails and an observation tower. It doesn’t have bathrooms or food outlets, so you must bring food if you plan to eat there. It is a little hard to get there, the road isn’t paved and there a lots of potholes.
During the week this beach is usually quiet with very few visitors, on the weekends it can get pretty full but still fun and relaxing to be there.
Crash Boat Beach. Aguadilla’s most popular surfing beache is Crash Boat, famous for it’s crystal clear waters. On good surf days the crowds are huge, but the wave is worth it. Although the beach is not really suitable for swimming it is excellent for diving and snorkeling, especially around of its iconic bridge. Kayaking and snorkeling are also popular activities here and several businesses conveniently located right on the beach rent out the proper equipment for these and other water activities.
The beach is surrounded by some beautiful mountains that offer a glorious view of the pristine shoreline and the sunset on a clear day. There are a few limestone caves right off the beach and the right side is beautifully decorated by small and colorful boats belonging to local fishermen.
Beach festivals are often held here because the beach’s infrastructure includes boardwalks, barbecue pits, restaurants, playgrounds, picnic huts, showers and restrooms. There is plenty of parking and the beach is easy to find.
Playa Puerto Nuevo. Vega Baja counts with one of the most beautiful beaches in the northern coastline, Playa Puerto Nuevo. The beach is golden sand and is protected from the violent northern swells by huge limestone rocks. During rough marine conditions, the rock feature protects beach goers, while the spectacle of waves crashing from behind and cascading down its face can be appreciated in the relative safety of the beach.
Facilities are limited to food kiosks and guards.
Isla Verde Beach. Palm trees, gorgeous luxury hotels, tourist friendly amenities, restaurants along the coast and a low key island vibe make this a favorite among locals and visitors. And not one but two deep, curved pale-pink-sand beaches, each a mile-and-a-half long, make up Isla Verde. Both, Isla Verde Beach and Carolina Beach, have gentle waves and are hugely popular with families.
Due to the rough sea conditions on Puerto Rico’s north coast, diving conditions directly off of Isla Verde are not as good as they are elsewhere on the island.
Playa Caracas. The best Vieques Island has to offer is the beauty of the beaches and Playa Caracas is one of them. The beach, previously known as Red Beach, is part of the Fish and Wildlife Reserve founded by the United States Department of Interior. It is one of the most picturesque beaches on Vieques with white soft coral sand, calm waters with varying turquoise hues and tall lush palm trees providing shade and a romantic tropical vibe.
This is a favorite spot among locals and tourists so if you arrive early you can claim one of the gazebos that line part of the beach.
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