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Puerto Rico is an exciting travel destination for lots of reasons: the food, the nightlife, the history, nature and more. But one of the top reasons this island is so popular for vacations and honeymoons is its incredible beaches.
There’s a lot of personal preference that goes into choosing a beach when you travel. Some beaches are perfect for relaxing and getting away from it all, while others are best for partying, playing with kids, and enjoying a romantic sunset with your special someone. When you visit Puerto Rico’s beaches, all those options are available to you, along with beautiful weather to go with it.
What’s great about beaches in Puerto Rico is that they’re clean, natural, safe, and conveniently located near luxury hotels and local restaurants. There are lots of amazing choices, but these are a few of our favorites, no matter what your travel style is!
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If you enjoy people-watching while on vacation, Isla Verde is the beach for you. There’s lots to see and do here, and it’s also near so many great hotels in the area. This beach really makes you feel like you’re indulging in a Caribbean vacation. You’ll see parasailers overhead and wave runners zipping by just steps away from your favorite resort.
Another popular beach in this area is Flamenco Beach, which is on the Spanish Virgin Island called Culebra. This beach isn’t quite as convenient to get to as some of the others near San Juan, but it’s well worth the effort. To reach Flamenco Beach, you can fly into the small airport or take a 90-minute ferry ride from Fajardo. Come to this beach if you want to go swimming or are traveling with kids. The water along the beach is shallow and the waters are clear and inviting. The waves are gentle, and it’s also a great place to go snorkeling. There are also lifeguards on duty here, and the food kiosks nearby offer some great Puerto Rican specialties.
It may have an odd name, but Crash Boat Beach in Aguadilla is one of the best beaches in Puerto Rico. This is an ideal beach to plan your vacation on if you’re looking for a relaxed and authentic local place to stay. You can go surfing and snorkeling with ease here, but it’s best to hit the waves early in the morning to avoid the crowds, especially on weekends. For something totally different, how about going ice skating? Believe it or not there’s an ice skating arena in Aguadilla that offers an incredibly unique experience in the Caribbean.
This beach is located on the offshore island of Vieques and is perfect for travelers who don’t like dealing with crowds. Blue Beach is typically not as crowded as some of the others on this list, and it’s wonderful for swimming and snorkeling. And it’s definitely called Blue Beach for a reason. The water here is many shades of blue, and the colors don’t end there. Diverse and colorful fish and other marine life live down below and are just waiting to be explored on a snorkeling excursion.
If you plan to spend a good amount of time in the city of San Juan, then a visit to La Posita Beach is a must. This beach is very close to the city, without being right in the city itself. That means that it has a laid-back vibe, but that it’s also incredibly convenient for travelers. Drive about 30 minutes to reach this beach, which is in the nearby town of Loiza on the Atlantic Coast. Here you’ll find some delicious street food in the kiosks, especially fried Puerto Rican favorites. Foodies also love this beach area because Pinones is nearby too. Here you can experience even more authentic local flavors in a causal setting. If you want to be active and get some exercise on your beach days, take the bike trail from Isla Verde to La Posita and then to Pinones.
All beaches are sandy, but not all of them have the privilege of going by the iconic name, Sandy Beach. This Rincon beach is well-known for its amazing sunsets, cocktail scene, and live music. Travel + Leisure once named Tamboo Tavern one of the best beach bars in America. Order a mojito at sunset and listen to the authentic music while lounging on the beachfront deck. Couples looking for a little romance in their beach vacation love this beach area. This is a well-established beach with lots of restaurants, hotels, and apartments along the shore. Sandy Beach is also a great place to learn to surf, even if you’ve never set foot aboard. Sign up for a surfing lesson, or just sit on the beach and watch others learn to surf!
This is one of the most well-known and popular beaches on the island, and it enjoys a very convenient location too. It’s just 30 miles east of San Juan and a favorite of families. The ocean water here is warm and shallow, which makes it perfect for swimming with kids. Another reason this beach is so popular is that it’s right next to El Yunque National Rainforest too. This is one of the best places to visit for nature lovers because of the excellent hiking opportunities. Luquillo Beach is a very well-established beach, so you’ll find vendors selling snacks and drinks here, as well as lifeguards and showers.
This beach spans about a mile and is located on Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast and in the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great beach for families because there are playgrounds here for the kids and nice picnic spots. Families with kids are welcome here, and you can rent a cabana right on the water for a reasonable price. This beach often gets crowded on weekends. Foodies also enjoy spending time in this beach area because there are some tasty seafood shacks along the shore of Boquerón Beach. Stay throughout the evening to hear live salsa, jazz, and rock music at the restaurants along the beach.
If you’re looking for seclusion without sacrificing convenience, then Dorado Beach is an excellent choice. This beach is west of San Juan and is famous for once being home to a sugar plantation. Laurance Rockefeller owned the property too, which is while the 11-mile trail here is named the Rockefeller Trail. Although Dorado has a more secluded vibe than some other beaches on this list, it’s also a great place to visit for luxury travelers. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve is right on the beach.
One great beach to spend time if you like doing more than just lying in the sand is Ocean Park Beach. Here you can give kite surfing a try, join in a game of beach volleyball, or hit the waves on a boogie board. After being out on the water and active all day, you’ll enjoy the laid-back vibe of this Atlantic Ocean beach that spans about a mile. This is a wonderful beach for singles because it attracts more adults and fewer families with kids. There are lots of beachfront bars and restaurants for locals and tourists to mix and mingle here at Ocean Park Beach.
The big luxury hotel to stay at along Bahia Beach is the St. Regis Bahia Beach, which is well-suited for both couples and families. This is an ideal beach to spend time if you enjoy water sports because you can do everything right here. Try snorkeling, scuba diving, and water skiing in the ocean water just off the beach, and then go for a hike in the nearby El Yunque National Rainforest.
For stunning scenery, look no further than Mar Chiquita Beach. This area is famous for its dramatic crashing waves and coral rock formations that make for a picture-perfect scene that nature photographers love. This is more of a coastal area for walking around and photographing than it is for swimming. Head to one of the other beaches in this list for that.