Puerto Rico is filled with a ton of both beautiful and unique beaches. The outer islands are the perfect place to find the wide deserted beaches, while in the south are the beaches that are considered to be the “most happening”. Surfers tend to flock to the west coast in the areas surrounding the town of Rincon. Of these beaches, each are unique, and some cater to those looking for solitude and silence, while others provide a plethora of opportunities, packed with plenty of bars restaurants, and seemingly endless activities.
Balneario de Carolina
In San Juan, many people talk about “beautiful Isla Verde beach” also known as Balneario de Carolina. This beach, which is maintained by the government, is located near the Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muniz Marin, the main airport on the island, and in fact is so close the airport that the leaves on the trees rustle when planes are taking off.
Balneario de Carolina consists of a fairly long stretch of sand and runs parallel to Avenida Los Gobernadores. It is shaded by many palm and almond trees that are spread out all along the coast. It also features many amenities such as lifeguards, restrooms, changing facilities, picnic tables, and restaurants. The beach is open daily from 8am to 6pm, and the charge for parking is $2.
At Puerto Rico’s most photographed beach, Balneario de Luquillo, located off Route 3 in Luquillo, both visitors and locals alike will be pleased to find that this beach is equipped with everything that a person could need when they are looking to spend some time at the beach. The beach is equipped with changing facilities, restrooms, lifeguards, food concessions, picnic areas, cocktail kiosks, and a guarded parking lot. It is also the perfect stop for families because the coral reef in the area aids in calm waters which are ideal for small children. The beach is open every day of the week except for Mondays from 9am to 5pm and admission is $2 per car.
Picturesque is the perfect way to describe Playa Crashboat located in Culebra. This beach literally looks like it could have been taken off of a postcard with is colorful fishing boats that line the coast. The sand at this beach is some of the softest on the island and the water is pristine. Also, there are plenty of facilities such as picnic huts, showers, restrooms, and a parking lot. Visitors can also grab a quick bit to eat and a beer from the food stand on the beach, which serves fresh fish caught right in the waters nearby.
This is just a few of beaches that cover the over 270 miles of coastline that make up Puerto Rico, and with so many options, a visit to the above beaches are a great place to start.